Posted on: January 7, 2020
Iranian Artist Spotlight – Zeynab Izadyar
Zeynab Izadyar: Graphic and Fashion Designer…Read full post.
Zeynab Izadyar: Graphic and Fashion Designer…Read full post.
2020 marks the one hundredth birthday of this phenomenal Persian Mazlaghan carpet. Woven by a nomad moving through northern Iran, this antique still remains in great condition after all of this time.…Read full post.
The Orley Shabahang family wishes you and yours a happy and healthy holiday season. As the decade draws to an end, we want to take a moment to express our gratitude to everyone who makes our carpet dream a reality.…Read full post.
The longest night of the year is upon us, and with it comes celebration! Shabe Yalda is an ancient Persian tradition that commemorates the occasion with food, poetry, music, family and friends.…Read full post.
Safavid velvets are world-renowned for their intricate designs as well as the integrity of their composition. Continue reading to learn more about these indestructible silk textiles that still shine 500 years later.…Read full post.
Orley Shabahang’s Rose Garden carpet exhibits a delicate and multi-toned floral pattern. Its designer, Shirin Shabahang, took her inspiration from one of her favorite childhood memories. Continue reading to learn more!…Read full post.
Looking to experiment with your turkey this Thanksgiving? Give this delicious Persian sweet and sour stuffed turkey a try!…Read full post.
This week’s staff pick is Crescendo, a standout design from Orley Shabahang’s Music collection. Not only does this carpet look beautiful, but it also demonstrates the skill of our artisan weavers. Continue reading to learn more about why we love this carpet!…Read full post.
Orley Shabahang is proud to announce the arrival of their newest, and oldest, collection of designs. Tribal Revival presents a compilation of carpets that directly speak to Orley Shabahang’s ethos – the preservation of carpet making techniques from the golden age of Persia.…Read full post.
Inspired by Zoroastrian principles, the weaver of this Persian Zabol carpet creates a timeless masterpiece. Continue reading to learn what makes this vintage Persian carpet such a unique vintage rug.…Read full post.
It is fall in Chicago, and with it comes another spectacular year of the SOFA Chicago Expo. Experience world-wide, top-tier talent in three-dimensional and functional art. And while you are there, visit Orley Shabahang at booth B21!…Read full post.
Looking to make a statement with your floor? Orley Shabahang’s Galaxy collection does just that! Continue reading to get inspiration from these well-designed spaces that feature a handmade, out-of-this-world carpet.…Read full post.
Good design is timeless, and that is certainly the case with this sixteenth century Safavid textile fragment. Its floral motif and colorway are just as mesmerizing now as they were six hundred years ago.…Read full post.
‘Tis the season for a bold and confident color palette according to the experts at Pantone. Spruce up your interiors and keep up with the latest color trend with Orley Shabahang’s handcrafted Persian carpets.…Read full post.
A plethora of geometric motifs are woven into this remarkable antique Persian Qashqai carpet. Continue reading to learn the vernacular meaning behind these linear symbols.…Read full post.
Many of Orley Shabahang’s original designs are modern interpretations of vernacular symbols. This week we explore the ancient roots behind Current, a stunning carpet from our Art Deco Collection.…Read full post.
Looking to add a piece of history to your decor? This vintage Persian Zabol carpet with its mod colorway and geometric motifs may just be the blast from the past that your space needs!…Read full post.
Good design never goes out of style! Despite being one thousand years old, this tiraz fragment displays an ikat pattern of blue and yellow that continues to turn heads.…Read full post.
This week’s staff pick is a 5’x7′ stunner from Orley Shabahang’s Art Deco collection – Quilted Hues. Continue reading to learn why this design is one of our favorites.…Read full post.
This week we take a look at this Persian Tree of Life carpet from Isfahan. It dates back to the late 19th century, but its excellent condition speaks volumes to its inherent beauty and craftsmanship.…Read full post.
Summer is here, and this year it is bringing a wave of color! Orley Shabahang has paired its handmade luxury carpets with the color trends palettes created by the experts at Pantone to give you inspiration for your floor.…Read full post.
Ever wonder what in the world inspired our principal designer Bahram Shabahang to come up with our Poppies rug? Don’t let the name fool you. Continue reading to find out the truth behind the design.…Read full post.
Visit Orley Shabahang at booth 2633 to see a selection of our hottest new designs and to find the perfect carpet for any project.
Typhoon was created by our principal designer Bahram Shabahang as a modern take on the traditional Persian paisley motif. Despite the modernized illustration of this ancient symbol, Typhoon still stays true to its roots as a representation of light and life.
This season’s color trends, as told by the color gurus at the Pantone Color Institute, are bright and cheery. Bring that playfulness to your floor with an Orley Shabahang signature carpet.
Siah Armajani: Architect and Conceptual Artist
This impressive Senneh dates back over 100 years, but like any well-made Persian carpet, it looks even more beautiful with time and use.
The application of vegetable dye is older than the craft of carpet-making itself. Here at Orley Shabahang, we stick to the roots of this ancient technique to achieve the beautiful depth of color seen in our carpets.
Happy Nowruz! Ring in the Persian New Year by cooking a traditional meal that many families eat to celebrate the equinox.
The human act of handspinning natural fibers into yarn predates written history. Today, every Orley Shabahang signature carpet continues to employ this method to make its artisan rugs.
With a demographic shift towards urban living, why not learn the tricks of the trade? Help make your small space look expansive by laying Persian carpets on the floor.
1st dibs, premier online purveyors of antique and contemporary goods, have just opened a new retail location in Chelsea! Visit today to see and feel the Orley Shabahang the difference.
This rare antique Persian Mishan Malayer carpet, circa 1870, has effortlessly stood the test of time with its unique colorway and design.
Planning on baking this Valentines Day? Woo your special guest with this mouthwatering Persian love cake recipe from Turmeric and Saffron.
Find this beautifully brocaded panel from 17th century Turkey in The Met’s Islamic Wing.
The first step in making a luxury carpet is sourcing the world’s finest wool.
Persepolis translates designer Bahram Shabahang’s architectural education and Persian heritage into a one of our favorite modern carpets.
If productivity is one of your resolutions this year, enhance your home work space with the comfort and elegance of an Orley Shabahang rug.
Give your home a breath of fresh air this year with an Orley Shabahang carpet.
The Orley Shabahang family wishes you a happy and healthy holiday season!
Paria Farzaneh: Fashion Designer
Introduce new flavors into your Thanksgiving meal with osh-e reshte, a hearty and delicious Persian soup.
Hosting this holiday season? Continue reading this week’s blog to get some inspiration for your dining room, and lay an Orley Shabahang carpet on the floor that all your guests will remember.
SOFA Chicago kicks off this Thursday, November 1, for what is sure to be a weekend filled with memorable functional art. Visit Orley Shabahang at booth B15 through Sunday, November 4, to see a stunning selection of our hand-made contemporary carpets.
Known as a symbol of good luck, the chintamani motif can be found on many Ottoman and Persian handicrafts from the 15th and 16th centuries. Visit the Metropolitan Museum to see its vast collection of these beautiful artifacts along with other treasures in its Islamic Art wing.
Fall into the rich tones of the season! Find the top trending colors of fall 2018 according to the aficionados of Pantone at Orley Shabahang.
Persian Amal Ziegler Bakhtiari Carpet, circa 1890
From now through the end of September, the MoMA Film Series is exhibiting movies by Iranian cinematographer Mahmoud Kalari. Get your friends and family together to enjoy a selection of the most well-crafted films Iranian cinema has to offer!
With the last days of summer in sight, treat yourself to kabobs hot off the grill paired with a refreshing side salad and, of course, a large helping of rice.
This week in Staff Picks, the co-director of our New York showroom, Shirin Shabahang, will discuss what makes River Rocks from our Architectural collection one of her favorites.
Known for its exceptional curation of all things decor, 1stdibs has long been an excellent platform for Orley Shabahang. Now that they’ve expanded the range of products they offer, so have we! Easily access an ever-growing variety of Orley Shabahang carpets on 1stdibs.
Under the Safavid dynasty, Persian carpets flourished from a functional craft that was made for personal use to a lucrative industry that was relished throughout Eurasia. This week, take a dive into the golden era of Persian carpet-making.
The mark of a true Persian carpet, this authentic Haji Jalili Tabriz from 1890 has only grown more magnificent and inspiring over the last century.
Out with the monochrome, in with the color! The verdict is clear as interior trends are moving away from muted palettes. Find the colors of Summer 2018 at Orley Shabahang.
This week in Staff Picks, the President of our New York showroom, Chris Lynch, will discuss what makes the abstract Typhoon carpet from our Art Nouveau collection one of his favorites.
Forough Farrokhzad: Poet and Filmmaker
Summer is upon us, and what better way to enjoy the rising temperatures than bringing together your loved ones over a delicious outdoor feast.
It’s official, shag is back! Continue reading to discover the complete Orley Shabahang Shag collection, as seen in last week’s WSJ and this month’s Interior Design.
Orley Shabahang is excited to officially announce our newest collection – the Shag series – with our latest feature in the Wall Street Journal! Pick up your copy today and flip to the Off Duty section to read about shag’s comeback.
This breathtaking Persian Sultanabad, 8’4″ x 10’1″, originated from the Meyghan village in the Farahan region of present day Iran. Thanks to the level of craftsmanship that went into constructing this rug in the 1870’s, it is still in excellent condition almost 150 years later.
There is no better time to freshen up your summer house now that the season is upon us. Continue reading to find inspiration for your getaway.
As part of NYCxDESIGN, ICFF celebrates its 30th anniversary this week. Come see Orley Shabahang’s world-renowned carpets in booth 2821.
Oushak rugs are among the most popular Oriental designs in Occidental home decor. Continue reading to learn about the history and transformation of these rugs over the last century.
ICFF is just around the corner! Orley Shabahang is thrilled to be showcasing their one-of-a-kind carpets alongside so many reputable dealers. If you are visiting the fair, come say hello to our team at booth 2821.
“My favorite rug at the moment is Rupture from our Galaxy series. Its balanced and intricate design paired with its use of color has always attracted me to this piece.”
The Spring season is always a good excuse for a change so why not switch up your living room rug? Keep reading to get some inspiration!
Our Reflections carpet, designed by owner Bahram Shabahang, is a transitional design with an Art Nouveau style that draws its inspiration from the Everglades.
Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian: Sculptor and Illustrator
The Persian New Year begins this Tuesday the 20th, signifying the beginning of spring! Here are a couple great traditional recipes to make for you to ring in the new year!
Now that we’ve sprung forward into spring, here are a few of our carpets that remind us of spring!
While the 2018 Winter Olympic games have just finished, here are the 4 athletes that competed for Iran!
Persian Kashan Mohtasham carpet, circa 1870
We are so happy to be part of this month’s installation in the New York Design Center at 200 Lex designed by Guy Regal, fine arts dealer in suite #425!
1stDibs has released this year’s trend report! Here are a few of our carpets that fit the bill!
Our Orley Shabahang family is happy to announce our newest showroom in Milwaukee’s historic Third Ward district!
Asghar Farhadi: Writer and Director
Happy New Year from the Orley Shabahang team! What a better way to kick of the year than seeing two of our carpets featured in the January/February issue of Luxe! We look forward to all that’s to come in 2018.
We at Orley Shabahang want to wish all of you a happy holiday season! We hope you had a wonderful 2017 and look forward to seeing you all in 2018!
With the holidays and snow upon us, we decided to pick a few great carpets that would go great in any cozy winter getaway.
Traveling to NYC this winter? Here are just a few things we love to do during that cold winter months that you might love too!
Marjane Satrapi: Author and Filmmaker
We’re so thrilled to finally introduced our Map Series! Based on vintage maps that were all created by hand, these new carpets are truly stunning works of art. Hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
South America, Pure Wool, 10′ x 14′
SOFA Chicago starts this Thursday at the Navy Pier! Be sure to visit Orley Shabahang at booth #621
Now that fall is officially upon us, we decided to share some great Persian recipes to go with the weather!
Pantone has released their 2017 Fall fashion color report and we had fun matching the colors to our carpets!
We’re just one month away from one of our favorite shows of the year, SOFA!
We invite you all to come join us in our showroom tomorrow evening at 595 Broadway, 4th Floor from 6pm-8pm to celebrate the opening of our new showroom as well as the debut of our newest collection!
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Guy Regal of Guy Regal Decorative & Fine Art has opened a new space in 200 Lex! We’re so thrilled to have two of our carpets in his beautiful new location alongside other stunning home decor! Check out a little more about the space as well as information about What’s New What’s Next at 200 Lex this Thursday the 14th!
While Labor Day may signal the official end of summer, we’re still in the summer mood! Here’s a list of our 5 favorite carpets that would be perfect for any beach house!
A few of us here at Orley Shabahang have picked a few of our personal favorite colors we saw this summer! Check out these colors and a few of our matchings carpets.
This incredible exhibit is on view at the MET until August 27th! Read a little more about it here.
While our primary focus is our own carpet production, there is another stunning work of art we deal in! Read a little about our incredible collection of baskets from Panama!
While our Empire State design bares a striking resemblance and is named after the great building, the inspiration for the design actually comes from something else!
Orley Shabahang has moved to the 4th floor of 595 Broadway. Stop by to see the new space and say hello to familiar faces!
Come this July you’ll be able to find us at our new location in SoHo at 595 Broadway!
Now that summer is officially upon us, here are a few of our favorite delicious and light Persian recipes!
Art Deco is a design movement that began in the mid 1920s and lasted until the 1940s. Originating in Paris, this style influenced architecture, interiors design, and fashion. Here’s a look at a few of our deco designs including Deco Buttons!
ICFF features what’s best and what’s next in contemporary design, luxury interiors and high end furniture. Extraordinary styles by top international furniture brands and emerging new talent highlight unique furnishings, seating, wall covering, carpeting, accessories, lighting, kitchen, bath, outdoor furniture and more. Visit us at booth 2633!
This year we’re very thrilled to have our carpets in Venice Design, a companion exhibition to the Venice Biennale.
All throughout May our entire inventory is on sale! We’re offering 25% all of our carpets with up to 50% off select styles.
There are a lot of beautiful similarities between antique city and village carpets. They’re both technically and visually impressive works of art that have stood the test of time, however it’s their differences that make them so interesting. Here’s a closer look at what makes each of these types of carpets so incredible.
Similar to a painting, each traditional Persian carpet has a unique story to tell. The story is interpreted through the design motifs, as well as the colors that the weaver uses to paint her picture. Continue reading to learn the symbolic meaning behind the colors found in this ancient handicraft!
At Orley Shabahang, we work hard to carry on the weaving traditions of Iran. Not only do we hand-spin all of our wool and weave our carpets entirely by hand, we use only all natural raw materials to dye our wool. Here’s a look into where each color is derived from!
Persian Tehran Tree of Life Carpet with Hunting Scene, circa 1880
As Orley Shabahang owes the artistry of its rugs to the traditional handicrafts of the Persian culture, we wanted to share some other Persian traditions that have endured generations. Ring in the Persian New Year by reading about the customs of this thirteen-day celebration that begins on the first day of spring!
Pantone has released their 2017 Spring Color Report and we had fun matching the colors to some of our carpets!
DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS raises awareness and grants funds to organizations that provide treatment, direct care services, preventive education programs and advocacy for individuals impacted by HIV/AIDS. Held annually in March, DIFFA invites local and international designers to transform a raw space into a showcase of over-the-top dining environments for its annual fundraiser for HIV/AIDS—DINING BY DESIGN. We’re so excited to be collaborating this year on a table with Poltrona Frau designed by Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz also featuring LASVIT Lighting.
The Architectural Digest Design Show is only 10 days away! Visit us at booth 431!
White Samarkand Khotan Carpet, circa 1870.
We’re so excited to be nominated in the flooring category of the New York Spaces Leaders in Home Design Product Design Awards. There are 2 more weeks left to help us win! Vote now by clicking the photo below!
Each of our Limited Series focuses on a specific motif or design. You can now find each of these designs in their own category on our new and improved website! Here’s a little bit more about each series!
We had a great time at Thomas Riley Studio’s opening night of their current exhibition, Art + Design. Here are some shots from our live weaving demonstration!
The Rain series includes some of our most iconic designs. Inspired by its namesake, here is a closer look at what makes this collection so functional and unique.
We are excited to announce that our carpet are now in the Poltrona Frau showroom in Los Angeles! You can now view a fantastic selection of our handmade carpets alongside iconic Poltrona Frau furniture.
We’re so excited to announce that Orley Shabahang will be doing a live weaving demonstration at the opening night of our good friends at Thomas Riley Studio’s newest exhibition! The opening reception is January 12th from 5:30pm – 8pm. Hope to see you there!
How do you interpret music into a visual design? Co-owner and designer Bahram Shabahang set out for the challenge in our contemporary Music Series.
Time is running out for the Orley Shabahang End of Year Sale. For the rest of the week, we will be offering some of our favorite pieces at a discounted rate, as well as year round discounts on our website!
We here at Orley Shabahang want to wish everyone a great holiday season and a wonderful New Year! We look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones in 2017!
As you look for a special something for yourself this holiday season, long-time fans of Orley Shabahang may have noticed that the website has a bit of a different look.
From now until the New Year we’re excited to offer select carpets at a discounted rate! We’re also excited to announce that some of our carpets will now be on sale and available for purchase directly from our website year round!
We are very proud pet owners at Orley Shabahang. If it were not for our Persian fat-tailed sheep, the rest of our entirely hand-crafted process would not be possible.
It’s that time of year again- SOFA Chicago! Come say hello to the Orley Shabahang family at booth 621.
A Persian Mishan Malayer, circa 1900
The motifs found in the carpets of the pastoral nomadic Bakhtiari tribe are inspired by the sights and sounds of those who wove them. Through this prized handicraft, the Bakhtiari have made their name synonymous with designs of plants and animals that are stylized in a totally unique and beautiful way.
We’re so excited to announce that we have a brand new loom right in our showroom! Now you can see the incredible process of how our rugs are woven in person.
Pantone has released their 2016 colors for Fall and we had fun matching the colors to our carpets!
Inspiration can come from anywhere! Much of what our co-owner and designer Bahram Shabahang is inspired by are things that you find in nature. This is definitely true for our line of butterfly carpets.
Thank you to the Hajji Baba Club and everyone who came to our great event on Friday evening. It was amazing to hear co-owner and designer Bahram Shabahang talk about the incredible history of Persian carpet making and why he’s chosen to carry on this tradition and art.
Orley Shabahang is excited to host the latest Hajji Baba Club event. This event will be open to the public! Join us this Saturday, September 11th, from 4pm to 6pm at the Orley Shabahang Gallery to learn about the ancient craft of Persian carpet making. Co-founder Bahram Shabahang will discuss the entire process, from the sheep to the finished product. Examples of Persian rugs both antique and our own new creations will be presented for you to see!
Sarouk Farahan circa 1880 and Haji Jalili Tree of Life circa 1870.
With August quickly coming to an end, our summer sale is ending with it! We’re offering up to 50% off select carpets from each of our design categories. This sale ends the 31st. You can view the carpets that are on sale on our Pinterest page or you can e-mail us at [email protected] for a dropbox link! Stop by our store anytime to see any carpet in person.
Bakhtiari Cow Blanket Kilim from the 1890s
Following a centuries old tradition, many weavers attach a nazar ghorboni stone to every carpet that they weave. This long held superstition is meant to ward off the evil eye, or any spirits wishing them ill will.
Starting today through the entire month of August we’re excited to offer up to 50% off of retail pricing on select carpets of all sizes!
At Orley Shabahang, we are well-known for our pile carpets because the wool from our Persian Fat-Tailed Sheep gives the carpets such a softness and sheen, but Orley Shabahang also creates exceptional flatweaves. Also handwoven by artisan weavers, our flatweaves use those same high-quality raw materials and that hand spinning process provides the wool with extraordinary strength. …Read full post.
Summer is a time for beaches, friends, and barbecues and warm sunshine coming in through your windows can make your carpets look even more amazing. With this busy time of year you may also have concerns about keeping your carpet clean, but rest assured that we have the answers so you can focus on summer relaxation.
Produced in partnership with Thomas Riley Studio and designer Chad Jensen, the Versailles carpet is truly one of our most stunning carpets.
All art starts with inspiration, and that’s no different for our rugs. Each of our pieces is a unique work of functional art with its own inspiration and history. Some of the inspiration is a little more abstract, where as others like our mosaic rugs are a more literal homage.
Have you ever heard the music of an artistic, handmade Persian carpet? Do you know how to read the unique story contained within its borders? Has anyone ever shown you how the passion of the artisan’s soul is purposefully intertwined with the threads of the carpet’s pile?
Orley Shabahang uses only completely organic dyes in our process in order to get the most beautiful color that will last a lifetime.
Check out this video of our completely natural weaving process!
In order to make the highest quality carpet, you have to start first with the best raw materials. For us, that starts with wool. Orley Shabahang uses Persian fat-tailed sheep (which you can read about here). These sheep have been bred for centuries specifically for carpet making due to the high quality of the wool that comes from these sheep. The quality of this raw wool needs to be maintained, which is why all of our wool is hand spun.
ICFF is fast approaching, and we could not be more excited to return to the show to be able to showcase all of our beautiful contemporary designs and weaves!
In the second half of this history of Persian Carpets, our owner Bahram Shabahang gives us a short and insightful history of carpet making in Persian culture and what makes these carpets so important and special.
Our owner Bahram Shabahang gives us a short and insightful history of carpet making in Persian culture and what makes these carpets so important and special.
All art starts with inspiration. Our co-owner and designer Bahram Shabahang uses inspiration from life all around him to create the stunning and unique designs you see in all of our carpets. Our Galaxy collection is no different. Named after its inspiration, here’s a closer look into one of our favorite collections of carpets.
Here at Orley Shabahang we pride ourselves on producing the highest quality carpets possible. In order to do that we need to use only the best quality materials. That begins with using the highest pedigree of sheep, Persian fat-tailed sheep, which have been bred for centuries specifically for carpet making.
Orley Shabahang is proud to be a corporate sponsor for this very special concert that will occur on the Eve of the Persian New Year, Saturday, March 19th, 2016. We are please to offer you discounted tickets! Simply click here, order up to 2 tickets on Tier 3, enter SHABAHANG in the discount code box at the checkout, and click APPLY to receive a 50% discount. This code is valid through March 14th, 2016, but seating is limited so order early and enjoy the concert!
We’re very excited to introduce our newest collection, animal rugs! Designed by co-owner Bahram Shabahang, this new collection features a fresh take on a classic Persian design.
View our gorgeous naturally dyed blue Rain carpet in a great feature in Architectural Digest where designers show beautifully decorated niche office spaces.
Check out this great slide show on Architectural Digest which shows the works they’re most excited to see at Design Miami this year! Featured is our beautiful antique Haji Jalili carpet circa 1870. We’re extremely excited to be the first carpet gallery ever included in this prestigious exhibition!
In this helpful Huffington Post article, co-owner Bahram Shabahang offers his expert advice on how to clean various stains out of your beautiful carpets.
Enjoy this great Architectural Digest feature, where co-owner Bahram Shabahang gives expert advice to those looking to invest in the finest quality antique Persian rugs.
Here is our co-owner, Geoff Orley, explaining the story behind Orley Shabahang on BCTV. If you’re interested in how we make our beautiful carpets, please take a look:
Throughout our past 40 years of business in the United States, Orley Shabahang Persian Carpets has worked to uphold its distinguished reputation. It is known among discerning customers and collectors that Orley Shabahang has the most comprehensive selection and highest grade of artistic carpets in the country. Our distinction derives from the impassioned work of Bahram Shabahang, whose unabashed love for Persian carpets may be traced back through to the very beginning of his family. …Read full post.