Posted on: April 16, 2019

Spring 2019 Color Trends

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.

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Posted on: March 26, 2019

The Artistry of Vegetable Dye

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.

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Posted on: March 12, 2019

The Art of Handspinning Wool

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.

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Posted on: February 12, 2019

Antique Spotlight

This rare antique Persian Mishan Malayer carpet, circa 1870, has effortlessly stood the test of time with its unique colorway and design.

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Posted on: January 14, 2019

Inspiration Everywhere

Persepolis translates designer Bahram Shabahang’s architectural education and Persian heritage into a one of our favorite modern carpets.

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Posted on: October 29, 2018

SOFA Chicago This Weekend!

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.

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Posted on: October 22, 2018

Find it at The Met – Chintamani Motif

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.

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Posted on: October 15, 2018

Fall Color Trends

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.

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Posted on: September 17, 2018

Persian Recipes for A Cookout

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.

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Posted on: August 27, 2018

New On Orley Shabahang’s 1stdibs Storefront

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.

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Posted on: July 30, 2018

Antique Spotlight

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.

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Posted on: July 23, 2018

Summer Color Trends

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.

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Posted on: July 16, 2018

Staff Pick – Typhoon

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.

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Posted on: June 18, 2018


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.

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Posted on: June 11, 2018

Antique Spotlight!

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.

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Posted on: May 14, 2018

A Brief History of Oushak Carpets

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.

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Posted on: May 7, 2018

ICFF 2018

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.

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Posted on: April 30, 2018

Staff Pick – Rupture

“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.”


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Posted on: April 9, 2018

Inspiration Everywhere

Our Reflections carpet, designed by owner Bahram Shabahang, is a transitional design with an Art Nouveau style that draws its inspiration from the Everglades.

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Posted on: March 19, 2018

Happy Nowruz!

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!

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Posted on: January 8, 2018

Happy New Year!

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.


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Posted on: December 25, 2017

Happy Holidays!

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!


Posted on: November 13, 2017

Introducing our Map Series!

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′

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Posted on: September 25, 2017

Join Us Tomorrow!

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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Posted on: August 28, 2017

Our Favorite Summer Colors!

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.


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Posted on: July 24, 2017

Inspiration Everywhere

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!


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Posted on: June 12, 2017

Art Deco Design

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!


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Posted on: May 22, 2017

ICFF 2017

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!


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Posted on: May 15, 2017

Venice Design

This year we’re very thrilled to have our carpets in Venice Design, a companion exhibition to the Venice Biennale.


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Posted on: May 8, 2017

May Sale!

All throughout May our entire inventory is on sale! We’re offering 25% all of our carpets with up to 50% off select styles.

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Posted on: April 24, 2017

Village Versus City Carpets

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.

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Posted on: April 17, 2017

The Meaning of Color

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!

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Posted on: April 10, 2017

All Natural Dyes

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!


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Posted on: March 27, 2017

Happy Nowruz!

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!


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Posted on: March 13, 2017

DIFFA Dining By Design

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.


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Posted on: February 20, 2017

New York Spaces Design Awards

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!


Posted on: February 13, 2017

Limited Series

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!


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Posted on: January 30, 2017

Rain Series

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.

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Posted on: January 23, 2017

Orley Shabahang and Poltrona Frau: LA!

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.


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Posted on: January 2, 2017

Music Series

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.


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Posted on: December 27, 2016


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!


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Posted on: December 20, 2016

Happy Holidays from Orley Shabahang

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!


Posted on: December 12, 2016

New and Improved Website

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.

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Posted on: November 28, 2016

End of the Year Sale!

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!

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Posted on: November 14, 2016

We Love Our 4,000 Pets!

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.


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Posted on: October 17, 2016

Weaving Like the Bakhtiari

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.


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Posted on: October 10, 2016

Introducing Our New Loom

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.


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Posted on: September 19, 2016

Inspiration Everywhere

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.


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Posted on: September 12, 2016

Kicking off the new Hajji Baba season!

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.


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Posted on: September 6, 2016

Creating Carpets Using Ancient Techniques

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!


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Posted on: August 22, 2016

Last Week of our Summer Sale!

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.


Posted on: August 8, 2016

Warding off the Evil Eye

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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.

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Posted on: August 1, 2016

2016 Summer Sale!

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!


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Posted on: July 18, 2016

Orley Shabahang Flatweaves

Flatweave Pure Wool Handwoven Carpet Interweave

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.

Posted on: July 11, 2016

Summer and Carpet Cleaning Tricks

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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.

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Posted on: July 5, 2016

The Versailles Carpet

Produced in partnership with Thomas Riley Studio and designer Chad Jensen, the Versailles carpet is truly one of our most stunning carpets.


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Posted on: June 20, 2016

Inspiration Everywhere

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.


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Posted on: June 13, 2016

Persian Carpets: A Way of Life

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?


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Posted on: June 6, 2016

All Natural Dyes

Orley Shabahang uses only completely organic dyes in our process in order to get the most beautiful color that will last a lifetime.


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Posted on: May 16, 2016

Hand Spun Wool

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.


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Posted on: May 9, 2016

Join us at ICFF!

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!


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Posted on: April 15, 2016

The Galaxy Collection

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.


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Posted on: March 25, 2016

A Day In the Life of Orley Shabahang Sheep

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.


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Posted on: February 26, 2016

Orley Shabahang Sponsors Constantinople – Paths to the Summit

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!


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Posted on: June 7, 2015

Reviving a Lost Art

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.