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This circa 1910 Persian Loristan Gabbeh rug consists of a handspun wool warp, weft and hand knotted pile. The rich colors of the oranges and reds from the vegetable-dyed wool in the border catch the eye, but the field is the real star of this piece. The unique salt and pepper central field of this piece that utilizes mostly undyed wool gives this piece a contemporary feel despite its antique provenance. This rug measures 4'9" x 7'5" and is in excellent vintage condition.

A Brief History – Gabbeh Carpets

Gabbeh carpets can be identified by their durable and plush pile, and their distinctive, fanciful designs. But Gabbeh carpets are more versatile and functional than people realize. Continue reading to...
This carpet is nearly square, measuring 8’1” x 8’4,” and crafted in Orley Shabahang's own Cheshmeh weave. Like all Orley Shabahang carpets, Donya is hand-knotted using all-natural, hand-spun wool. Using traditional Persian weaving techniques, the yarn is dyed, washed, dried, faded, and then woven into the carpet. With only 3 different shades of wool, three master weavers took a total of 8 months to weave Donya. Each thread within the pile is knotted by hand onto the carpet’s cotton warp. The weaver follows the designs' parameters, and when the row is finished, the master weaver then carefully layers and pounds in the carpet’s cotton weft. The knotting and layering of the weft allows Persian carpets to hold themselves together without the use of toxic adhesives or latex, which is not only safer for you, but also the weaver.

Staff Pick – Donya

This week’s staff pick, Donya, comes from our Mosaic collection. Carefully balanced, this design contains multitudes in its intricate design and the infiniteness of the circles contained within.  Continue reading...
 Our antique runner is a perfect example that showcases the similarities and craftmanship in Hamadan carpets. This hand-knotted Hamadan carpet measures 3’3” x 6’5,” and is hand-knotted in warm shades of pink, indigo blue, orange, forest green, and cream wool. Inspired by a traditional Persian flower garden, the design showcases Herati medallion with additional geometric paisley, birds, butterflies, branches, and vine motifs that adorn the field and border. Three details regarding this carpet are especially noteworthy. First, it incorporates multiple traditional Persian textile elements. These include the floral medallion, tree of life design, and circle of life theme among its flora, bird, and butterfly motifs. Second, the pattern is more geometric than most Hamadan designs, which typically depict more curvilinear motifs. Lastly, what truly makes this carpet so unique is the presence of small crucifixes hidden throughout the field. These motifs signify the location where it was created, Armenia. And the crucifix motifs imply that the weaver was Christan, which gives this carpet a touch of added character. Aside from being over 100 years old and in excellent condition, the addition of these small marks makes this carpet exceptionally rare and unique.

Vintage Spotlight – Antique Hamadan Persian Carpet

This week's vintage spotlight blog comes from our 1stDibs catalog, our 3’ x 6’ Antique Persian Hamadan carpet. Woven over 100 years ago, this carpet is still in like-new condition...

Happy New Year from Orley Shabahang

Happy New Year from all of us at Orley Shabahang! We would like to take the opportunity to wish you and yours a happy and healthy year ahead. With a...
Mihrab

A Brief History – Persian Mihrab

For generations, Persian tribes have borrowed elements from each other to create today's authentic Persian carpets. These elements can include motifs, patterns, pile length, and knotting style. Specifically we wanted...
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Inspiration Everywhere – Anatomy of a Flower

From Orley Shabahang’s Art Nouveau Collection, we bring you Anatomy of a Flower, a contemporary and modern carpet designed by our owner and lead designer, Bahram Shabahang. Finding inspiration wherever...

Staff Pick – Antique Khoy Carpet

With stunning clarity, this Persian Khoy carpet is hand-knotted and belongs to Orley Shabahang's Antique Collection. With this carpet's perfect proportions and condition, it is hard to grasp from photos...
Weaver, located in Iran, weaving a modern, contemporary Persian carpets.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM ORLEY SHABAHANG!

The Orley Shabahang family wishes you and yours a happy and healthy holiday season. As this strange year finally comes to an end, we are taking time to reflect and...
Measuring 4'2" x 6', this Persian Malayer carpet is hand-knotted in red, cream, and blue shades of wool. Circa 1900, this carpet is woven with functionality in mind and is in like-new condition. Created using traditional Persian weaving techniques. These methods provide a plush pile while still producing a durable foundation.  Starting from the field's center, we find three diamond-shaped medallions on top of the carpet's rich red background. Inside these medallions are traditional Malayer boteh motifs in shades of red, cream, and blue detailing.  The medallions pop off the carpet's rich red background, creating fabulous contrast for the medallions and the multi-level border. The border includes additional flower, vine, leaf, and boteh motifs that connect throughout the carpet. Altogether, this carpet is stunning with its vivid tones and classic design, this Malayer carpet would be perfect as a living room carpet, a bedroom carpet, or even as an entryway carpet.

Antique Spotlight – Malayer Carpet

This antique Malayer carpet is a classic. With its geometric medallions and traditional color palette, this antique is as fine as it is functional. Keep reading to learn more about...