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Define Oriental Rugs –

December 11th, 2008

Wow! The oriental rug world is very broad. In an effort to better understand this realm, we should define “oriental.” A definition of this could run on for several days so I’ll make mine as brief as possible.

In my opinion, oriental can describe any rug with a design of which originates anywhere from Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. This could include any quality of rug as well. Hand-knotted, hand-tufted, machine-made, etc.

Now, to dig deeper into this definition would cause us to begin defining specific countries of origin. Persian, Turkish, Afghani, Pakistani, Indian, etc. We’ll go there soon on other posts!

Where to Invest?

November 17th, 2008

While the stock markets go up and down depending on what time you look, we know Persian rugs are gaining in value everyday. This isn’t the type of investment that you can buy low and sell high, but, we believe there is value today for these rugs which will see price increases in the future.

Supply in Iran isn’t as plentiful these days, especially nicer qaulity older pieces. Although the economy (locally or globally), is suffering right now, demand for quality rugs is always there when you’re ready to buy.

We know this process is long sometimes. On average, wholesale costs are rising on importing Persian rugs. If you’re interested, we’d suggest buying soon before those increases get passed on to you.

Persian Rug History

September 22nd, 2008

Persian Rugs, Persian Carpets & Oriental Rugs – History

Known as the home of the original oriental carpet, Iran (Persia) the oldest and once most powerful empire in the Middle East, stood at the crossroads of Eastern and Western civilizations. Under the Safavid Dynasty (1502-1736), Iran attained its artistic height. Court weaving, together with the arts of calligraphy, miniature painting, and tile work, flourished to exceptional heights. This brilliant era witnessed the development of highly qualified carpet factories in the cities of Kerman, Isfahan, Kashan, Tabriz, and Herat. Iran is the genesis of most motifs, patterns and traditional colorations produced in rugs throughout the world today. Over the centuries, Persian carpets have become treasured heirlooms passed on from one generation to the next. Khayyam Poetry depicted in a Persian Rug

Persian carpet exports began in the 16th century. Starting in the 1850s, American, English and German firms established new factories in Mashed, Tabriz, Kerman, and Sultanabad (now Arak), thereby ensuring the art form’s continued development. Under Reza Shah Pahlavi, royal factories were established to utilize the finest materials and methods of manufacture.

Persian carpets and rugs have always been and still are an intrinsic part of Iranian culture and its people’s daily lives. Indeed, carpets and rugs are in many cases the most valued possessions, and they are an integral part of an Iranian home. Thus, it is not surprising that current production levels throughout Iran equal those reached prior to the Islamic Revolution of 1979. In fact, rugs are now even produced in areas where weaving was heretofore not practiced. Furthermore, Persian carpets continue to boast very high quality standards and command a very brisk interest in domestic and international markets. While large city workshops were an important factor in the past, much of today’s production is fashioned along cottage industry lines in smaller villages and towns.

Persian carpets are traditionally known for their tremendous variety in design, color, size, and weave.   Moreover, they are known for the uniqueness of each and every rug produced. Rugs are generally named after the village, town or district where they are woven or collected, or by the weaving tribe in the case of nomadic pieces. Each rug’s particular pattern, palette, and weave are uniquely linked with the indigenous culture, and weaving techniques are specific to an identifiable geographic area or nomadic tribe.

Source: Susie Beringer at Texas Christian University.

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September 2nd, 2008

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Interior Designers

September 2nd, 2008

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Oriental Rug Parties Available

August 27th, 2008

Want some Oriental rug education? Want to impress your friends? Invite them over for some wine & cheese! We’ll bring the rug knowledge. Elie is available to offer oriental rug education at private parties hosted by our clients. The only payment required is a good bottle of wine, some good food, & new long-lasting friendships.
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