Rug Fashion

Rug trends: Illuminating Ikat design

After spending many weeks talking about Afghanistan, I’d better get back to my own rugs.

In every recession that I can remember, and I have seen many, there was always a return to traditional design.  Not so this time!  To my surprise, as a percent of sales, we have sold an increasing number of contemporary rugs right through the depths of the weak period.  And now, as we seem to be climbing out of it, it is modern design that is pulling us out of the ditch.

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Threads of History

In this blog entry I want to get back to my core.  That is rugs, rugs, rugs!  In the following I have excerpted and adapted an excellent article from the November 2010 issue of “Arts and Antiques” magazine.  The author, Sarah E. Fensom, expertly analyzes the market for antique Persian rugs

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Serapi: The timeless rug.

The carpet at left is known as a Serapi.   It’s a wool handknotted rug made in northwestern Persia up until about 1920.  These rugs command incredible prices and have for the 40 years I have been in the rug business.  Like hemlines in women’s fashion, rug design popularity ebbs and flows through time.  But, not for the Serapi.

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