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 to understand why Ben chose Donya as our Staff Pick.
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 and has a unique story hidden within the pile. Keep reading to discover more about Hamadan Persian Rugs.
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 new decade in our sights, we look forward to brightening up your décor with the world’s finest modern Persian carpets. Thank you for your support, and we look forward to seeing you soon.
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 to explorethe Persian mihrab design and how to identify it in varying carpets.
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 he travels, Bahram continues to design the world’s finest modern Persian carpets. Continue reading to discover the inspirational origins of this fabulous contemporary design.
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 that this carpet measures 13′ x 20′ and was constructed circa 1920. This carpet’s value lies in the quality of its construction, its size, and excellent condition. Continue reading to discover why this carpet is a gem inside the Orley Shabahang Antique Collection.
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 give thanks to all those who supported us through 2020 and beyond. We want to express our gratitude toward these extraordinary individuals, including the weavers and dye masters whose dedication to their craft allows us to create the finest carpets in the world.
We thank our teams in Milwaukee and New York for all their commitment and hard work. And we thank our clients at home and abroad whose continued kindness, appreciation and patronage enable us to create the antiques of tomorrow.
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 this iconic Malayer carpet.
From Orley Shabahang’s Art Nouveau collection, the Reflections carpet embodies inspiration from traditional Persian flower gardens. Bahram Shabahang, the artist behind almost all of Orley Shabahang’s designs, applied his modern interpretation to classic Persian motifs to create this fabulous piece.
Woven in Iran circa 2009, this carpet is hand-knotted and measures 10’2” x 14’. Since Reflections is a hand-knotted carpet, it utilizes traditional Persian weaving techniques. These techniques require hand-spun wool from the fat-tailed sheep that must be dyed with organic vegetable dyes. Once dried and faded in the sun, the yarn is then woven into the carpet, thus eliminating the fading process. This process is tedious, but the carpets produced are rich and are functional, one-of-a-kind, pieces that will last generations.
When placed on the floor, Reflections provides a tranquil atmosphere that brings warmth and life to a room. The carpet’s design is a contemporary take on a traditional Persian flower garden, called a bagh hoz. Traditionally, Persian homes have a bagh, and depending on the period and usage can refer to a forest, pool, or yard. A hoz applies to the small body of water in these baghs. Previously, hozs were used as a water source for the home. Today, hozs and baghs are more decorative, and sometimes include water fixtures and sculptures, and are usually found in larger, well-kept estates.
Reflections utilizes the traditional idea of the classic bagh hoz, but with a modern and realistic twist. The designer, Bahram Shabahang, captured the movement of water by using different shades of blue hand-spun wool. Lush green and orange flowers are found on the ends of the carpet, representing the shoreline of the hoz.
This week’s antique spotlight comes to us from our very own 1stDibs storefront, this fabulous Persian Ghasghai carpet. With its rich tones and exquisite motifs, this carpet could be the next statement for your home.
This beautifully patterned 18th century Senneh prayer rug is just one of the phenomenal Persian carpets housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Continue reading to learn more about its composition, design, and history!
With the new season around the corner comes Pantone’s Color Trend Report – Fall 2020! This season’s colors are “timeless,” reflecting the Orley Shabahang ethos. Continue reading to find the perfect Persian carpet match for your tonal sensibilities.
With shorter and cooler days ahead come an excellent opportunity to give your home a well-deserved glow up. Why not bring a Persian garden into your space with this magnificent antique Persian Malayer carpet?
This week we discuss the inspiration behind Orley Shabahang’s Majesty carpet. A beautiful addition to the Animal Collection, this handwoven Persian carpet seamlessly integrates the worlds of antiquity and modernity.
This jaw-dropping antique Persian carpet hails from one of the finest rug-makers the world has ever seen. Its pastel hues and supple texture are signs of an authentic Haji Jalili Tabriz rug. Continue reading to learn more!
Antique Afshar carpets are highly sought after treasures in interior decor today. This is in part due to their versatility in design and durability. These qualities were born from centuries of relocations for this nomadic tribes.
This week we explore the history of this Isfahan carpet. Slowly making its way around the world, its journey began in Persia before the carpet was exported to Europe, and later ended up at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
This antique Caucasian Kasim Ushag carpet is a colorful and geometric handwoven tribal rug that looks even more sensational today than it did 140 years ago. Continue reading to learn more about the story behind the rug.
Orley Shabahang’s ‘Japanese Lilies’ displays a thoughtfully balanced pattern of geometric shapes. Continue reading to learn what inspired architect and textile designer Bahram Shabahang to create one of our favorite designs!
This handcrafted vintage Persian Balouchi carpet from 1950 is truly exceptional. Its uniquely midcentury coloring and fine weave enhance this delightful geometric floral pattern. Continue reading to learn more about the history and intention of this marvelous piece.
This marvelous Safavid silk animal carpet may look fragile, but it has survived half of a millennium! Its longevity is the result of its unrivaled quality materials and its ingenious weaving technique. Continue reading to learn more about its composition and intricate design.
Ever wonder how a handwoven Persian carpet maintains its beauty for over a century? When it comes to a real Persian Senneh carpet, it is all in the technique. Continue reading to learn more about the functional and aesthetic artistry of this exquisite handmade textile.
Any onlooker is sure to get lost in the asymmetrical dreamscape of Orley Shabahang’s Synergy carpet. Ever wonder what designer Bahram Shabahang sees in his abstract creation? Continue reading to find out.
With a new season in full swing, it is time to check in with the color specialists at Pantone. This week we take a look at the Pantone Color Trend Report inspired by New York Fashion Week. In true Orley Shabahang form, the spring palette mixes the old with the new, layering understated classics with bright and youthful tones.
This vintage Qashqai lion carpet has aged beautifully over the last eighty years. That is because it was created completely by hand from natural raw materials. Continue reading to learn more about this carpet’s technical and aesthetic artistry.
As the Persian new year is upon us, this week we look at an antique Nowruz carpet. This celebratory pictorial has a unique history that reveals how Nowruz was celebrated in the royal court hundreds of years ago. Continue reading to learn more!
This one-hundred-year-old Bibibaft Bakhtiari is filled with so many rich colors that have shone more brilliantly over time. Continue reading to learn why this Persian tribal carpet is not only aesthetically jaw-dropping but also technically genius.
The Nidge carpet is a quintessential example of Kerman rug design at its pique. Continue reading to learn about the legacy of these spectacular Persian carpets that are still prevalent in design today.
Persian textiles from the Ilkhanid dynasty are visual representations of a historical convergence between East and West Asia during the 13th and 14th centuries. This time of peace along the Silk Road yielded a golden epoch for decorative arts, especially in textiles that were easily portable for the era’s semi-nomadic rulers.
Ever wonder how Orley Shabahang comes up with their out-of-this-world carpet designs? Master weaver Bahram Shabahang usually finds his inspirations here on earth. Continue reading to learn about the moment that led to the abstract Mahi design.
This brilliant vintage Kurdish Belouchi Persian carpet is as unique as its name suggests. Despite its origin, this rug’s weaving technique, color palette, and patterned motifs speak to a different history. Continue reading to learn more!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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 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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.