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Antique Rug Practices

 
08-31-2011  |  By: Azaad |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
 
how antique rugs were originally made in ancient times
 

Persian Rug Smugglers

 
08-29-2011  |  By: Azaad |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
 
Persian Rug Smugglers

            If you stay in the  capital long enough, you either get with a gang or you die, because these gangs dont mess around. Territory disputes, honor killings, revenge theres enough bad blood between just the Snipers and the Red Orchestra to fill a morgue. Luckily, the Cairo gang wiped out its main competitors, the Second Sons, several years ago and have run of the East-end mostly to themselves. They trade mostly in items small enough to fit in a rolled up Persian rug.

Blues generally a free agent and only signs for short stretches, but shes been with the Cairo gang for almost a year as their mid-level arms dealer. They pay okay and these bad news boys figured out not to mess with her a bit quicker than most. She likes the City and how sometimes seems like the whole things been done in scratchy inkwash, with a dash of red here and there.

The city looks its absolute best for the hour between sundown and nautical dusk, when the sky is dark blue watercolor tattooed by the silhouettes of spindly buildings, cranes and construction scaffolding.

Unfortunately, this deal is going down in the middle of the day, and the light from the red giant sun is unbearable; everything is ruby-sultry and stinks like a sailor. Nobody does anything in the middle of the day in Jack City, so the greasy speakeasy theyre camped in is totally empty except for the cairo members who are on this deal. Blue is manning the back door, flipping the safety on her Marky Six on and off to the beat of her tongue clicking on the back of her throat. The arms dealer wishes the bar was manned she could use a mouthful of dirty grus like ten minutes ago.

Luckily, part of todays deal is moonshine. Blue isnt too sure what the other part is probably med supplies, because if it were guns shed know about it, and the Cairo doesnt trade in whores. Not since Cueballs been boss.

Blues been running more and more deals, even ones that dont have to do with weapons. The higher ups must like her style. She scares everyone.

Today theyre trading with the Zeester, a pirate ship shes actually heard of.  Supposedly the captain, a psycho by the name of Sal Bridges, once smoked an entire battalion of RUST cruisers. She also heard that the Zeester once pinched blind but she doesnt believe that.

 

Old Rugs

 
08-26-2011  |  By: ESP |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
 
Old Rugs
 

Persian Rugs as a Commodity

 
08-25-2011  |  By: ESP |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
 
How the Persian rug trade works
 

Persian Rugs Once and Again

 
08-22-2011  |  By: ESP |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
 
Persian rugs as the cornerstone of culture
 

Persian Rug

 
08-20-2011  |  By: ESP |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
 
persian rugs
 

Persian Rug Commercials

 
08-19-2011  |  By: Azaad |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
 
Persian Rug Commercials
Modern day television commercials are half ingenius, half really frightening in all their efficiency. They use all the tools of recent psychology and neuroscience research to make their product look as appealing to you, the customer, as possible. It is actually almost mind control, sometimes, they are so good at this. They use the right sounds and colors and phrases so that you associate their product with positive emotions and ideas.
Persian rug commercials are really no different, except that there are no massive Persian rug companies that have enough money to really buy the best in the business. Since  rug shops tend to be more family-run and smaller businesses, they tend to stick to more traditional, and more honest, forms for advertising. Mostly they consist of the owner of the shop trying to tell you how nice their products are and what good deals they have, and you should come on down.
I'm torn, because part of me would like these companies to use slicker ads; they could probably make more money and sell more rugs that way. And such commercials are generally much more pleasant to watch on TV. at the same time, there is something rather charming about the small, local, honest ads that exist now.
The same goes for print ads and billboards. Smaller companies tend to use lower quality but more straightforward advertising. At least they are not trying to trick me into buying something that I do not really want or need in my life. I hate it when advertisers do that.
In fact, that's sort of the point of the hit show Mad Men, which is about of advertising professionals during the 60s.
 

Rug Life

 
08-18-2011  |  By: ESP |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
 
Rug Life


    When you think of antique rug, you probably picture the shapes and patterns that are common for Persian rugs. That's because the art of carpet and rug-making has always had its epicenter in the rich culture and history of Persia, or modern-day Iran.
    The major turning points in this history usually have to do with various royal dynasties in the area. For example, at the dawn of the Achaemenian Dynasty, when Persia conquered Sardis and Babylon in the 500's BC, we know that nomads were using the technique of knotted carpets. It was when the modern-day function of a carpet as both functional and artistic came to be. In fact, it is said that Emperor Cyrus of the early Achaemenian period brought the art of rugs to his court, and his tomb was filled with dozens of precious rugs.

    Seven hundred years later, the Sassanid dynasty oversaw another carpet renaissance. Emperor Heradius brought with him many different carpets and ancient rugs back from his conquering of Ctesiphone, the capital of Sassan.  This treasure trove of carpets included the "Spring Time of Choseroes", a gorgeous, wildly famous garden rug that beautifully depicted springtime. This Persian rug brought the warmth of a springtime garden to many a wintery court over the next centuries.

    And when Persia fell under the rule of the Caliphs of Baghdad, history of production of knotted rugs sort of slips off the map. Since they were ruled form afar, it's doubtful that the high-class works of art that were seen in earlier, Persian-run eras were produced.
    From this period through various occupations by Arabs, Turks, Mongols, and others, carpet-making again returned to the nomads. Not to say that no works of artistic value were created, but they were simply not publicly acknowledged, nor did the art have the acclaim it did in previous golden eras.
 

Persian Rugs and Smuggling

 
08-11-2011  |  By: ESP |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
 
Persian Rugs and Smuggling
Although there is obviously nothing clandestine inherent in Persian rugs, they have often been used in fiction and in reality throughout history as a means for transportation of contraband. A rolled up Perisan rug delivered Cleopatra to Julius Caesar in Egypt. Rolled up carpets make useful tools for smuggling drugs and other goods.
Smuggling is tough to do. You need to know the right people and have good connections, and you need to be trying to move the right kind of products, the kind of thing that in high enough demand so you can get a lot of money for it. The main thing about the black market is that it provides good and/or service that cannot be obtained (or easily obtained) thorugh legal means. In most places, that's weapons, drugs, and maybe some other weird things. Like organs.  Or illegal computer or self-enhancement technology.
Han Solo was a smuggler. He is but one of the many famous and super awesome smugglers throughout history. He made his living in the seventies, smuggling illegal droids and actually we're not really sure what else. He worked for Jabba the Hutt, though, so you know it probably wasn't anything that might be talked about in polite company.
Han Solo gave smuggling its star studded, glamarous reputation but really the work is pretty grungy and difficult. Many methods for smuggling are not as nice as a rolled up carpet, and quite dangerous. Innocent bystanders often get unfortunately involved and then injured, like in Mexico right now.
Smuggling is actually easiest in the context of an entire gang, instead of just freelance. If you have an entire infrastrucure manned by people who are pretty good at doing their specific step in the process, the whole thing can go a lot more smoothly. You have your person who obtains the good, the person who appraises the goods, the person who is in charge of transporting them, all of that person's minions, and the person in charge of selling it either to the buyers or the distributors if we're talking wholesale. It's a complex process.
 

Persian Rug Sales Drop in Summer

 
08-04-2011  |  By: ESP |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
 
Persian Rug Sales Drop in Summer
For some reason, as far as researchers and observers can tell, a whole lot of people really tend to associate antique rugs and Persian rugs with colder months. Especially in places like the East Coast and more Northern areas, there is something "wintery" about rugs. Mayeb it has to do with the stereotype of a warm rug before the hearth, or fireplace. A place to curl up when the fire dims low, maybe holding a wine glass as rain or snow falls outside. There's definitely an aspect of warming to rugs, because they are insulating.
In fact, area rugs were originally designed to keep a cave, hut, or tent warm for its nomadic inhabitants when it was cold outside. That was their primary function, evolved from animal skins that used to serve the same purpose. Rugs emerged out of a very practical need to keep warm, and only later became aesthetic and artistic expressions.
Therefore, it is common knowledge amongst most dealers in areas with seasons that colder weather tends to increase sales, and summer months show a slight dip in popularity of rug stores and the like. This is probably because people are on vacation in the summer, not thinking about renovations or home decorating. And of course the subconscious thought that rugs are for warmth, and June, July, and August are all already hot enough on their own without any help from insulating floor coverings.
The realy curiosity is that this trend continues even in places that lack a very defined change in seasonal temperatures, like Southern California. Despite the lack of snow or even very cold rain, Southern California follows the trend of a slight dip in sales in the summer months.
Maybe summer is just a messy, sandy, casual time, and rugs seem like the opposite of conducive to being messy sandy and casual.
 

Antique Rug Pricing

 
08-02-2011  |  By: ESP |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
 
Antique Rug Pricing

The antique rug industry is a world in which rich history, function, and style collide. Trying to figure out fair pricing and good quality in that mix of goals can be tricky. Age is not necessarily the sole indicator of what you should be paying, as much as we'd like to think "oh, the older, the better!" For example, the nineteenth century actually produced Persian rugs that are almost priceless, while many older works were not of such high quality. The material used is also not always a straight indicator- a wool isn't always inferior to a silk. It is a combination of materials, craftsmanship, style, and design methods that contribute to that aspect of price determination.

And of course, individual aesethics and simple supply and demand also alter the prices. Therefore, rarity and current trends will also cause prices to fluctuate over time, sometimes almost nonsensically. What might be all the rage this year (thanks, perhaps to a celebrity endorsment) might be pass by next season.

 Antique rugs are odd in that they are a functional piece of furniture, art, and a financial investment all rolled into one. It requires an experienced, smart, and resourcesful rug dealer to get the prices his wares deserve, and find the right pieces for customers at reasonable prices.