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Persian Rugs in the Film 300

03-31-2011  |  By: ESP |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
Persian Rugs in the Film 300
300 is a movie about a group of three hundred Spartan warriors, led by their king, holding of a massive horde of Persian troops (near a million) for several days in order to buy time for the rest of Sparta to mobilize for war. The movie is exremely violent and graphic, but in a stylized, artistic way. It is based around good storytelling, and although the protagonist is more of a martyr than a character (very little development/character arc), his story is compelling.

The visuals are simply stunning, and one of the very best parts of the film is actually when the 'enemy camp', so to speak, is portrayed. The Persian empire is shown to have immense opulance, riches beyond the wildest imaginings of the spartan Spartans. (It's funny where that word comes from). They have gold and silver and glittering jewels and beautiful women and food and wine and incense and all manner of delicacies and deliciousness.

Included in the set that the filmmakers created for the opposition were a number of Persian rugs, selected both for authenticity and for brightness and intricacy. They feature very bold colors, reds, greens, and golds, rich purples as well. The god-king Xerxes, enlargened and smoothed digitally, imposes from atop a throne. Many of the scenes feature antique rugs and tapestries, which help lend an historical air to the sets. They make you feel you are several thousand years ago, living this adventure.

It is the small details like this that really make the movie. Clearly the director, artists, and set designers had to find real objects to use on the sound stage. Even though much of the movie was created using computer graphics imaging, they definitely had to commission a few old antiques, as well. These can be seen during the scene when the deformed Spartan goes over to the other side to strike a deal with Xerxes.

Persian Rugs are Not Magic Carpets

03-24-2011  |  By: Azaad |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
Persian Rugs are Not Magic Carpets

(But wouldn't that be just totally awesome?)

Although Persian rugs unfortunately do not have any real supernatural powers, flying carpets are known to children the world round thanks largely to the Disney movie Aladdin, featuring a flying carpet imaginatively named "Carpet". Magic carpets are household concepts for most Americans. However, the tale originally comes from the popular One Thousand and One Nights, a collection of tales from ancient Arabic cultures. It has also been called "The Carpet of Prince Housain". Originally, the Pesian rug seemed like any other worthless carpet on the street, dingy and dirty, uninteresting. It was from the Persian city of Tangu. But when the hero happens upon this seemingly innocuous old antique rug, it can fly!

Solomon's carpet, a similar tale from other origins, was said to have been made of silk, gold and green, and was more than sixty by sixty square miles! And when Solomon himself sat on the carpet, it was said that he was "caught up by the wind", and then could fly across the sky so fast that he could eat breakfast in Damascus and catch a sunset dinner in Media. According to this tale, the wind itself obeyed his commands, and this is what made the carpet go where he wanted.  Apparently also it was constantly shaded from the burning desert sun by an enormous flock of birds which acted as a canopy.

In another story, a Shaikh named Abdul Qadir Gilani was able to walk across the Tigris river in Mesopotamia, and a huge prayer rug then magically apparates into the sky above him, just like Solomon's rug.

Usually in these tales, the magical woven rugs are able to help the hero achieve some goal or transport him to distant and mysterious lands.  The stories are truly wonderful, and as rich as the tapestries they describe.

Persian Rugs and the Future

03-23-2011  |  By: Erica |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
Persian Rugs and the Future
Practices and traditions fade in and out of this world. One wonders how long Persian rugs will survive into the future. We currently have in our collective possession several specimens from thousands of years ago. Are we going to have the same ones thousands of years from now? Or, will we even have the Persian rugs that we're making now in a few thousand years, or will they be lost to time?

The fact of the matter is, we are entering a future where things are becoming more and more computerized, when information is conveyed through zeros and ones through wires and bytes, instead of on canvases and parchment and with ink and thread. How will the medium of storytelling alter? WIll some forms of expression such as rugmaking, go extinct? Will we lose the ability to create these products, lose the history of the art, as we lost the knowledge of building pyramids of stone like the ancient Egyptians? There are buildings that were created in ancient times that we have lost all ability to replicate, and there is a danger we could lose more technologies if we're not careful.

We need to preserve these arts as best we can as we march into the future. If, one day, we send out starships full of colonists to distant planets, will we be able to load up the ships with relics of the past? Will we be able to bring delicate vases, storytelling tapestries, and painted masterworks? Or will the world be made out of metal and smooth plastics and nothing gritty at all. 

The ancient and now modernized practice of continuing to sell antique rugs is its own way of preserving these traditions. If we can keep that practice going, we can preserve so much culture over the next few centuries.

Persian Rugs in Costa Rica

03-05-2011  |  By: Azaad |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
Persian Rugs in Costa Rica
Its at least a beautiful morning. The light is all pink and gold and makes me ready for the day. I will just have to love this trip based on how gorgeous everything is, and how insane the activities are. Because I can basically tell I am not going to make a lot of close friends.
Not that I really care- these kids are all way younger than me and none of them like Harry Potter or anything good.
Have you every listened to Ben Folds?
No wait. Is he like, that guy from Death Cab for Cutie?
Triple no. Thats Ben Gibbard, idiot.
No, but Ben Gibbard is pretty cool, sometimes. And with that I sort of turn away from her in that way that signals that our conversation is ending. Not that theres really anything wrong with her, but I havent explored all my possibilities yet and Im sure there are more interesting people to talk to than Jessica from Boston.
Weve been waiting for our bus to arrive for half an hour, and were all perched tentatively on our luggage because there is no place to sit. The hostel, by the way, is beautiful, with gorgeous Spanish tiles and a strangely wonderful hexagon motif. Gorgeous Persian rugs are in the lobby, and each room has its own beautiful antique rug. And this intricately ornate, yet completely appropriate fountain in the front. I love Spanish-speaking people, I really do.
I do not, however, like how everything in Costa Rica ( at least San Jose) seems to run at least half and hour behind. They call it Tico Time all affectionately, but the sun is really bright at eight in the morning and I would SO rather still be in bed. We definitely woke up about two hours earlier than necessary.

Antique Rugs for Spring

03-04-2011  |  By: Erica |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
Rugs in spring