Oriental Rug 101

Persian Oriental Rugs

Persian rugs have a reputation with the general public to be the best and are widely considered to be the benchmark for judging rugs from other countries. Their traditional and iconic designs are copied throughout the Orient.

Gabbeh – Persian Tribal Rugs

  GABBEH are tribal woven rugs from Fars Province in southwestern Iran, formerly Persia. The best rugs come from the Qashqai (sometimes spelled Gashgai), a Turkic tribe.  They are fiercely independent, possessing great dignity and culture.  Their geometric and stylized floral motifs and designs reflect their long cultural and weaving heritage. The superb wool in […]

Antique Oriental Rugs & Antique Look Rugs

I had been employed in the Oriental rug trade since 1959 and when I first started my own business in 1966 it was buying and selling old and antique Oriental rugs.  The previous two years had been spent working for Mustapha Avigdor born in 1879, one of the luminaries of the Boston Oriental rug trade.  […]

Geometric Tribal & Village Oriental Rugs

Scattered throughout the rug producing countries of the Middle East are numerous tribal groups of various ethnic origins, the remnants of various historic migrations or incursions.  For example, The “TURKS” of the Republic of Turkey are comprised of numerous tribal groups such as the AK KOYUNLU, KARAKOYUNLU and YURUKS etc.  The same is true of […]

Traditional Bidjar Oriental Rugs

Authentic BIDJARS are woven in Persian Kurdistan, a mountainous undeveloped province of IRAN inhabited largely by KURDS of various tribal groups.   Living a rural lifestyle in a remote area they have had little communication with the central government.  The fact that they speak a different language and are devout practitioners of the SUNNI branch of […]