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Autumn Design Board By Woven Accents

09-17-2012  |  By: Sam Moradzadeh |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
Autumn Design Board By Woven Accents

With the days getting shorter and the nights getting cooler, it can only mean that autumn is preparing for its entrance. The warm oranges, browns, and golds of falls palette have long been a source of inspiration for designers and a common theme in the colors of antique and modern rugs. The team at Woven Accents put together a roundup of some of our favorite fall colors and designs to usher in the start of the new season.

  1. The Apollo Modular Light System by International was the winner of the [D]3 Contest  Interior Innovation Award Winner  IMM Koeln 2012. The warm harvest hue of this light shade is created from spun aluminum and can be combined with various accompanying light shades for a customized design.

  2. The Stile BK Modern from our contemporary rug collection is a rich amber color with a modern circular design pattern. This rug merges antique weaving techniques with a contemporary design to contribute a fresh feel to any room without sacrificing any of the quality of traditional vintage rugs.

  3. A fun and festive dish towel from the seasonal collection at Crate & Barrel. The beautiful colors of autumn squash remind us that our time at the beach may be ending but a season of kitchen creations is waiting.

  4. This Antique Oushak rug from our Turkish collection represents the intricate design techniques and the vitality of colors that Oushak antique rugs are known for. From the captivating geometric patterns to the vibrant fall tones, this antique rug keeps improving with age.>

  5. We love this color palette by Benjamin Moore. The soothing orange color is beautifully contrasted with the cool steely grey and balanced by the neutral cream to create a color combination that is truly aligned with the fall season.

  6. This Antique Chinese rug from our collection follows the traditional structure of a wide border with intricate design work and the warm palette of yellows, apricots, and light blues. The intense dye techniques used to create this rug are the result of a highly skilled artisan rug maker and a keen understanding of textiles and craft.

  7. The Andreas Sofa from Anthropologie brings together the function of a sofa with the art of rug making. The sofas textiles are created from a vintage wool rug and highlighted with leather arms. The perfect coupling of texture and color for celebrating the start of the harvest season.

Watch Behind the Scenes Footage of our Joshua Tree Photo Shoot

08-23-2012  |  By: Sam Moradzadeh |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
Few people set out into the scorching sun of the Joshua Tree desert at the height of summer. With the dusty air heavy with heat, the desert land is unpredictable, ancient, and astounding.  It was the perfect match to showcase our distressed rugs.  We packed a few of our favorite vintage distressed rugs and headed towards the rugged and expansive terrain of the California desert.  

Against the backdrop of the cracked boulders and bold cacti, our distressed rugs reflected their time induced wear of age and sophistication.  Their warm tones of orange and red melted into the grainy crags while the shades of royal blue hinted at the pull of a watery oasis.  We caught new glimpses of inspiration as our distressed rugs soaked up the vibrancy of the well worn landscape still rich with life and movement.  The images we captured were a great reminder of the otherworldly beauty found in the timeless textiles of our collection.

We created a behind-the-scenes video of our photo shoot at Joshua Tree, check it out below.


The World is Most Antique Rug

08-06-2012  |  By: Sam Moradzadeh |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
The World is Most Antique Rug

The antiquity of rugs is an essential ingredient in the beauty and mystique that surrounds them. The techniques passed down from each generation of artist, the regional influence of traditions, and the diverse roles rugs have held throughout history all contribute to their ineffable presence. While its impossible to pinpoint the moment rugs emerged, we have been able to piece together a detailed history of the worlds oldest rug.

The oldest rug we know of was discovered in 1949 by Russian archaeologists Rudenko and Griaznov. Their team uncovered a rug in the frozen burial tombs in the Pazyryk valley of Siberia. Close to the borders of China, Kazakhstan and Mongolia, the Pazyryk burial tombs were built into the mountainside and constructed of wood and boulders. Their inner structures were extremely well crafted and durable which was vital in protecting the rug throughout the centuries.

Through carbon testing, the rug found in the tomb was determined to be from the fifth century BCE. It was discovered in surprisingly excellent condition despite being 2,500 years old. The rug serendipitously remained intact because of a robbery in the burial tombs. The thieves bypassed the rug, most likely grabbing the riches often buried with the dead, and because they didnt properly seal the room on the way out, moisture and freezing temperatures leaked into the tomb and preserved the rug in a block of ice.

The Pazyryk carpet, as it is known, was specifically part of the burial tomb of a Scythian prince. The Pazyryk culture is thought to have been nomadic and possibly quite affluent due to the possessions found in the tombs including the rug. Other objects uncovered included tapestries, Chinese silk, handcrafted furniture, and their famous horses with highly fashioned accessories.

The rug is is now kept in the Hermitage Museum of Leningrad. The museum describes the intricate details and complex patterning of the rugs design as 24 cross-shaped figures, each of which consists of 4 stylized lotus buds. This composition is framed by a border of griffins, followed by a border of 24 fallow deer. The widest border contains representations of work-horses and men. Its measurements are 183 cm x 200 cm with 36 knots per cm. Experts have reported that the rug was created with advanced weaving skills leading us to believe the craft of making rugs goes back much further.

At Woven Accents, we honor the traditions of longevity and ancient artistry by devoting ourselves to the history and craftsmanship of antique rugs. With over thirty years in the La Cienega Design District, we are experts on international antique and vintage rugs. Contact us to learn more about the history of the many antique rugs in our collection.


"Woven Treasures of Japan's Tawaraya Workshop"

07-20-2012  |  By: Sam Moradzadeh |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »

As your summer plans start to finalize, make sure to include a visit to the Textile Museum in Washington, DC. There is only one month left to catch the exhibit Woven Treasures of Japan's Tawaraya Workshop. The Tawaraya Workshop is a 500 year old workshop in the silk district of Kyoto, Japan. It is world renowned for its highly detailed and impeccable silk creations including the robes of Japanese royalty. Its also celebrated for its ability to reproduce textiles from centuries ago such as a recent restoration of fabric that had not been produced since the eighth century.

The exhibit showcases 37 textile pieces on loan from the Tawaraya Workshop. Kimonos, screens, and coronation garments are a few of the brilliantly patterned and ornate silks on view. The Workshop is perhaps best known for its long history of producing yusoku orimon - fine silks in specific colors and patterns worn by the Japanese Imperial Household.

 The Tawaraya Workshop is not a cultural repository, its still actively producing textiles.  The Workshop creates the silks used in Noh Theater, a classical form of Japanese theater. Buddhist and Shinto temples, the keepers of the Japans oldest fabrics, also commission the Workshop to replicate antique weaving patterns and textiles for historical research. 

 Not only does this exhibit offer a visual treasure of inspiration and awe but it also provides a chronological history of the techniques and craftsmanship of Japanese textiles. Hyoji Kitagawa, the current and 18th generation head of Tawaraya, was named a Living National Treasure for upholding and continuing the knowledge of this richly historic Japanese art form. Mr. Kitagawa is heading into retirement without a successor in his wake. While his sons are creative professionals they have not undergone the years of training that are traditionally required to understand and absorb all the skills and background to uphold the position. He may be the last in his family to lead the Tawaraya Workshop.

 The silk creations of the Tawaraya Workshop share a historical and artisanal background with antique rugs. Both crafts were heavily influenced by their geographical region and were born from handwoven techniques and practices passed down through generational apprenticeships. In our modern days of mass production, these ancient forms of weaving and producing handmade, unique textiles seem even more precious and mesmerizing. 

Woven Treasures of Japan's Tawaraya Workshop at the Textile Museum closes on August 12, 2012


How to Care for Your Antique Rug

07-03-2012  |  By: Sam Moradzadeh |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
How to Care for Your Antique Rug

Your antique rug can have many identities. It can be a piece of art, an investment, a treasured decorative item, or a family heirloom. Whether you spent years tracking down the perfect rug or one serendipitously arrived in your life, the next step is to cultivate its longevity with the proper care. Antique rugs can be tricky. Theyve come a long way but that doesnt mean they are indestructible. With a toolbox full of tips on how to care for an antique rug and a little elbow grease, your antique rug will continue to thrive and remain a constant companion in your home. 

Weve put together a handy list of tips for cleaning, storing, and caring for your antique rug. 

Top Ten Tips for Caring for your Antique Rug

1) Vacuuming is the primary tool for keeping your antique rug healthy. Remember to vacuum both sides of your rug to even out the daily wear-and-tear and to prevent a moth issue before it starts. 

2) One of the most effective and easiest ways to prolong the life of your antique rug is to rotate it. Simply move it a few inches or change the direction of the rug. This will cut down on sun damage which is one of the harshest elements for a vintage rug.

3) Antique rugs tend to live in tandem with the weight of furniture. In order to avoid indentations, creasing, and the breakdown of textiles, shift the point of contact for furniture every six months even if its just an inch or two.

4) Many antique rugs have beautiful but fragile fringe. When vacuuming an antique rug with fringe, avoid running the vacuum directly over the fringe as it can shred these strands.  Its best to clear any debris from the fringe with a gentle finger comb.

5) Stains happen. Antique rugs can survive most minor stains. When a stain does happen, use damp, clean towels to blot the stain from the outer edges towards the center of the stain to avoid spreading it. 

6) A glass of lemonade can be more dangerous than a coffee spill when it comes to antique rugs. Stains high in sugar attract dirt more quickly causing the stain to grow. Be sure to thoroughly clean up stains on your rug as soon as you spot them.

7) The soft glow of candles bring a peaceful feel to any room but that drippy wax can devastate the delicate textiles of an antique rug. If you do experience a wax spill, gently scrape off any wax that has not hardened yet. Then use an ice cube to solidify the remaining wax and slowly pull off the solid bits.

8) If you need to store your antique rug, roll it up with the pile facing inward.  This protects the greatest amount of surface area of the rug while keeping it free of folds and creases. 

9) If your antique rug is doing some traveling, be sure to roll it and then wrap the outer surface in padding secured with strong ties. Heavy rugs can be dragged, shoved, and crushed during shipping so dont be shy about cocooning your antique rug in thick padding.

10) Not a big fan of cleaning or tending to stains? Your best bet is to choose an antique rug with a colorful, bold design pattern. Solid patterns or subtle shades will be less forgiving to stains and wear. 

If your antique rug is in need of a professional cleaning or repair, we have an experienced team of conservators specializing in keeping your vintage rug in top form.  We also offer free pickup and delivery service in the Los Angeles area.


What is an Oushak Antique Rug?

06-21-2012  |  By: Sam Moradzadeh |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
What is an Oushak Antique Rug?

If you are in the market for an antique rug or find your inspiration inside the pages of interior design magazines, youve probably come across the term Oushak rug. Oushak is a smaller classification in the broader category of Turkish rugs and garnered its namesake from the Turkish city of Oushak in the interior part of the Aegean Region. Popular for their beautifully intricate designs and impressive longevity, Oushak rugs first started appearing around the year 1300 at the start of the Ottoman Empire and are still one of the most prized antique rugs on the market today.

If youre wondering how you can identify an Oushak rug, its all about the design pattern. Oushaks are striking in part because they are woven on a large scale.  With more space to work within, the patterns used in Oushak rugs are transformed into powerful orchestrations of complexity and color. The most telltale design feature of an Oushak antique rug is the central use of star and medallion motifs. Whether scattered throughout the central plane of the rug or used as the design centerpiece, these patterns are geometrically captivating and easily identifiable. As modern life began to develop, Oushak rugs were influenced by weavers and artists from other regions and as the decades progressed leaves, vines, or floral references worked their way into the primary design of newer Oushak rugs.

Oushak rugs are also valued for their exceptional texture. Silky, high quality wool is the foundation for these antique rugs. The knot structure of Oushak rugs is unique to the region where they began. The knot count is typically lower than most types of Turkish rugs while also being larger in size. Its not uncommon to find an antique Oushak with less than 30 knots per square inch. This use of larger, looser knots gives these rugs a softer more malleable feel with a tendency to have a longer pile. 

Another detail that makes Oushak rugs so popular amongst interior designers, is the inviting  color palette often associated with them. Harnessing a hue of subtle and warm colors, Oushak rugs were often dyed in shades of gold, saffron, apricot, ivory, and light blues. The combination of these colors and lush textures allow these rugs to age gracefully adding a comforting softness to any room. 

At Woven Accents, we have a large collection of over 200 antique Oushak rugs. We also have a selection of Oushak Angora antique rugs with a remarkably delicate and supple texture.  From striking medallions surrounded by elegant autumn colors to ornate blossoms interwoven with classic Turkish patterns, our Oushak collection will infuse any space with an ineffable sense of classic beauty. Take a look through our online collectionor call us for more details about adding an antique Oushak rug to your design plans.

The William Randolph Hearst Collection of Navajo Textiles

05-29-2012  |  By: Sam Moradzadeh |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
The William Randolph Hearst Collection of Navajo Textiles

As experts in antique rugs, our staff has accumulated a high level of knowledge by traveling the world sourcing rugs and speaking with the artisans who inherited the skills and practices used to create these valuable textiles.  One of the best ways to gain a greater understanding about the history and practices of rug making is to view large collections of antique and vintage rugs in pristine condition. The Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History is a great resource for learning more about antique rugs and the techniques used to create them due to a huge donation of Navajo textiles from the William Randolph Hearst Collection.  It is one of the most complete and well-preserved collections of Native American rugs in the United States.

William Hearst, a well-known newspaper publisher and adamant collector, slowly assembled his collection until he amassed over 200 quality textiles spanning more than a century of weaving techniques.  The collection includes a sample of nearly every type of Native textile produced from the years 1800 - 1920.  Besides the impressive diversity of the collection, the chronology of the American rug trade unfolds before your eyes. 

Primarily using handspun wool as their core material, the Navajo weaving technique was highly refined, tightly woven, and centered around complex design patterns.  The earliest pieces exhibit a mostly striped design but eventually grew to more elaborate zig zags, diamond patterns, and tapestry weaves with the major color palette being red, blue, and white. 

Navajo weavers traditionally produced blankets worn as garments but with the increasing number of European settlers coming to America, rugs became a major market demand.  Weavers began to transition into the production of rugs. The popularity of dyes also changed around the same time.  The recognizable indigo dye, a major characteristic amongst many Navajo textiles, had all but disappeared by 1890.  Commercial dyes began to be imported and custom designs for specific patterns began to alter the appearance of traditional Navajo rugs.

While many aspects of the Navajo weaving techniques changed with the influx of new materials and supply & demand, there were a few details that remained constant such as the finished edges often known as the selvage.  Most Navajo rugs have a selvage along both ends as well as the sides.  The selvage was usually made of two or three ply handspun yarns tied together at the corners.

At Woven Accents, we include American Indian antique rugs in our collection.  These flatweave, antique rugs by Native American weavers depict the work of skilled artists through their lively patterns and well-preserved vibrant colors.  If you would like to learn more about the intricacies of these rugs or understand their comparison with rugs of other regional origins such as our extensive collections of Persian and Turkish vintage rugs, contact a senior specialist in our showroom today.

The William Randolph Hearst Collection of Navajo Textiles at the LA County Museum of Natural History collection rotates in and out of public viewing but it has a permanent online home with hundreds of photos and details about each antique rug.  Click here to see the online collection.


Antique Persian Rugs: Antiquity and Artistry

05-07-2012  |  By: Sam Moradzadeh |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
Antique Persian Rugs: Antiquity and Artistry

Antique Persian rugs have a reputation for their complex craftsmanship and timeless beauty. But beyond the power of their aesthetic nature, they provide a deep pull towards a design process rarely seen in our modern times of high speed pace and mass production practices.  The handcrafted, artisan techniques at the foundation of antique Persian rugs are as inspiring as the rugs themselves. 

Every handmade antique rug is unique and allows the distinct skill of the artist and their traditions to be woven into each design.  A central characteristic of antique Persian rugs is the layout of the field of the rug.  The design pattern in the field of the rug is often one that relates to the regional roots of the weaver.  Antique Persian rugs depicting geometric designs were usually woven in nomadic communities.  Passing down weaving techniques and symbolic patterns specific to their history, the basic elements of repeated linear designs reflected a connection to their collective culture.  Nomadic weavers worked more from memory and oral traditions creating a strong regional distinction in geometric design and color. 

Sketches and scaled depictions were used to capture the intricacies of the design as geometric patterns shifted more into complex fields of curvilinear designs. The handcrafted nature of antique Persian rugs remained even in the development of more detailed patterns. In todays production practice, computers are relied on to produce the blueprints for the weaver. 

The beauty inherent in antique Persian rugs results from the traditional ancient designs intersecting with the artistic process.  The Persian knot used to actually create a rug is a small, tight knot that takes definitive skill and creative vision.  Antique rugs woven with the Persian knot tend to have a more balanced and finely tuned design field.  The highly detailed designs of antique Persian rugs emerge out of singular, tiny knots sometimes reaching up to 550 knots per square inch.  Whether the weaver was producing the rug as a solo project or as a community effort, the amount of time invested in these antique rugs generally ranged from months to years. 

The ancient practices of weaving antique Persian rugs is undoubtedly deeply ingrained in the flow of life that existed centuries ago.  With Persian rugs dating as far back as 500 B.C., its impossible to separate these rugs from their vital ingredients of intergenerational skills, dedication to lifelong expertise and the simplicity of a life with less modern distractions.  Our own extensive collection of antique Persian rugs reflects this connection of antiquity and artistry with rugs that were created over 120 years ago and continue to improve and tell the story of their original design.

For a deeper look at our hand-picked collection of antique Persian rugs,
check out our online catalog today.


The Design of Distress: Distressed Textiles in Fashion and Interior Design

03-18-2012  |  By: Sam Moradzadeh |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
The Design of Distress: Distressed Textiles in Fashion and Interior Design

Distressed textiles are more than a trend in both the interior design and fashion worlds. Faded, seasoned, worn and soft; distressed fabrics are not rookies to either scene and they wont be disappearing anytime soon. At the recent New York Fall Fashion Week 2012, we saw distressed fabrics throughout the major collections. From haute-couture designer John Roche with his distressed woolen skirt to the mass produced distressed cardigans made for Urban Outfitters, the look of adding life and experience to textiles has eluded the trapping of trends and has become a reliable design technique.

With fashion and interior design influencing and overlapping each other, its not surprising to find that the distressed look has become its own serious contender in home decor. One of the greatest values of distressed textiles is in their versatility particularly with distressed rugs. Antique rugs are often associated with classic and traditional design but a distressed rug can fit into traditional design as easily as it can complete a room in a minimalist or modern home.

The secret to distressed fabrics, specifically to rugs, is that the process of aging actually enhances both the colors and textures, creating a new sense of vibrancy. The different color shades of a rug will begin to branch out and compliment the surrounding tones, the brushed softness will bring a natural warmth to the fabric and the form of the rug will settle perfectly to the particulars of its floor.

There are two ways to get the distressed look in a rug. The most obvious way is to buy an antique rug that has been distressed organically through decades of handling, sun exposure, and daily life. Antique rugs have an impressive lifespan. We carry antique distressed rugs that are over 120 years old and continue to age elegantly.

The other way to distress a rug is to transform a vintage rug by accelerating the aging process. This is done through a cycle of dying and washing. Colors blend, textures soften, and an infusion of depth is the end result. One of the advantages of using this distressing process is the level of control that is available. Fabricated distressing gives the rugmaker and eventually the client the ability to choose whether they want to just kickstart the aging process or add on 30 years to their rug.

We have a collection of over 4,500 hand-selected rugs which feature both antique distressed rugs as well as over-dyed distressed rugs. Browse through our portfolio for more details and images of our collection: antique distressed rugs and over-dyed distressed rugs.

Old Rugs in New Homes

11-26-2011  |  By: Sam Moradzadeh |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
Old Rugs in New Homes
Antique and old rugs look great just about anywhere, from a trendy New York City loft apartment to a rural home in Oklahoma to a classic Spanish-style home in Los Angeles. The truly wonderful thing about antique rugs that many people do not realize is that the styles and origins are very, very versatile. There is no one set aesthetic for rugs, because they come from all around the world and all through different time periods. You can find an old rug from Mexican regions to go with your desert and chaparral themed home in New Mexico, or you can find an old Andalusian rug for your Euro-classy suburban place in Chicago.
So whatever the situation, there is an antique rug for you. Don't be turned off even if you have an ultra modern, super chic home with a lot of smooth surfaces, glass, and metal. A home like that may not seem like it would really be the most amenable to any kind of old-school furnishings, but you may find yourself quite surprised. Some old rugs actually have a roundabout, weird sense of modernity to them, especially ones with very simple patterns, or blocky, geometric designs.
Of course, if you decide you want a specifically modern rug, designed and created in the last decade or so, you can do that as well! There are always a lot of very fashion-forward, art neavou style available on the market. In addition, there is definitely such a thing as "retro modern", which is a style that used to be modern for, say, the 70's or the 80's or something, which to our 2010's eye, looks rather dated, but in a cool, funky, neo-futuristic way. Like how Star Trek was made in the sixties but set in the twenty-second century, and has a retro-cool futuristic look to it. You can pick something like this for almost any living room. If you can pull it off with enough flair and confidence, people who have an eye for style will usually just go with it.
So don't think that you need an old home to get yourself some old furnishings. Mixing and matching is the spice of life, and homeowners are a lot more free to make decisions like that than they think.

Vintage Rugs for an Autumn Look

11-24-2011  |  By: Woven Accents |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
Vintage Rugs for an Autumn Look

    Autumn is a time for history, and nothing says history quite as well as a good vintage rug. Its one thing for a rug to be done in the style of yesteryears, or to be a mockup of an ancient archetype. But it is a whole new, and beautiful ballgame for a rug to actually be vintage: from decades or centuries past, and of high quality.

    The word vintage itself implies production: the word is derived from the vintage of a fine wine. Its use to describe objects of art and fashion therefore has its roots in quality.

    So if you get yourself a nice vintage rug in fall colors for this season of change and remembrance, youll be gracing your home or living room with the presence of history, and quality. Bring the warm browns and reds into your home, embrace the parchment-beige tones of a vintage look, the wine-reds and the slight imperfections of an item created in a time and world away. Celebrate the passage of time.
There is something about autumn that calls to mind the passage of time. As leaves turn colors, then turn brown, and are blown off of trees, we notice that each day they look different, and each day marches towards winter. As the temperature drops and the sun hides its face for longer periods of the day, we are reminded of the turning of the years. We are inspired to think of history, of our own mortality, of the circuitousness of human generations. Time is so very, so tragically, so beautifully short, autumn tells us.

When November rolls around, we begin to turn our focus towards not only the passage of our own lives, but the lives of those who came before us, and back and back and back.


How to Get the Best Deal on a Large Antique Rug

11-21-2011  |  By: Sam Wise |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
How to Get the Best Deal on a Large Antique Rug

            A true antique rug is not just a style of rug- it requires a level of authenticity and history that newer rugs just dont have. Not that there is anything wrong with a fashionable, modern rug. But if you happen to truly want your home to reflect and antique aesthetic, buying a rug that simple looks antique, instead of actually being an antique, is a little self-defeating.

            But lets say you own a very large living room, or bedroom, or hallway that needs a rug. Or maybe youd actually like to fill an entire wall in your home with a beautifully spun, storytelling antique rug from a culture long and far away.

            What do you do? Well, you have to get your hands on a large antique rug, of course. But thats much easier said than done. While getting an antique rug is not impossible, and getting large rugs is a fairly simple process, combining these two features makes for one difficult endeavor indeed. Especially if you then compound the issue with an attempt at finding a somewhat affordable one. How might one go about accomplishing such a difficult and subtle task?

            First of all, it pays to be informed. Know exactly what it is that you have decided youre looking for, check prices all around town instead of just one or two places, look online for information and prices for the type of item that you want. After that, you have to drive a hard bargain. Do not be too compliant, because a shrewd dealer may see that and decide to take advantage of a weakness like that. Make sure you not only know all about what you want, but that you also come off as authoritative, so that the people you are dealing with will take you as seriously as you want them to.

            That said, its also very important to be polite and somewhat friendly. Driving a hard bargain does not mean you have to be a rude, self-entitled customer. Sound reasonable.

            The last tip is to make sure you keep in mind what it is youre paying for. A very large, quality, antique rug is going to cost no matter what. But youve decided that you want to invest in such a priceless work of art. Have pride in that.



History of Persian Rug Holidays

11-03-2011  |  By: Erica |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
Halloween is not a traditional holiday but one can still find rugs that celebrate it

Antique Rugs and the Desert Aesthetic

10-28-2011  |  By: ESP |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
Antique Rugs and the Desert Aesthetic
Antique rugs made in the desert have a certain desert-ness about them. You can feel the gritty dry winds and the ashen sand taste of the wide open white-blue sky and the dunes and rocks and grasses of the arid plains. There is a short description of the Santa Ana winds that really embodies this spirit (even though it's based in California and not the Middle East, where many antique rugs come from.)

The September air starts between the Rockies and the Sierra Nevadas and sweeps westward over the Mojave Desert. These are hot, dry winds, these are high winds, these are sandpaper winds that scrape flesh from bones. They blast over scorched Sonoran gorges and between saguaro sentinels, strip the grit from every surface. The Santa Ana winds are Satans winds, desiccating the chaparral until it becomes tinder and dynamite, igniting the hills around the city of angels in a ring of savage flames. 
Satans wind sucks the orange-hot ash into the basin, stings eyes and scalds noses, funnels westbound down boulevards and freeways. Traffic grinds to a halt, everything splits and shocks; lips crack, eyelids crust, skin turns scaly. Humans recoil into their lizard brains, crawling across the hot concrete, licking wounds and inflicting them, hearts pumping boiling blood that sizzles and evaporates. People burn, cars combust, the sky is dust.
The particles and powders whip through the seashore streets, sprinting the last few desperate meters of manifest destiny out to the wild sunset, surging out to meet the dying blood-orange sun as it collapses over the horizon and turns the Pacific into an ocean of speckled hot hues.


Antique Rug Deals

10-26-2011  |  By: ESP |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
How one antique rug dealer faced production and distribution problems, and then how he solved them.

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