Posted on: December 22, 2020
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 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.
Inspired by the interior of a tropical flower, Bahram was taken by the beauty and simplicity of its natural curves. The spark for Anatomy of a Flower came out of that moment, and the final form became an excellent example of the elegance of the Orley Shabahang Art Nouveau collection. The philosophy behind Anatomy of a Flower reminds us that there is always more to be discovered under the surface.
The carpet itself is hand-knotted in Orley Shabahang’s very own Shekarloo weave. This weave is inspired by traditional Persian weaving techniques that use only all-natural, hand-spun wool from Orley Shabahang’s Persian Fat-tailed sheep. This weave requires each thread of yarn to be hand-knotted, creating a luxuriously soft pile that is simultaneously functional. It also creates a durable foundation that will stand up to the test of time. The cool green and blue wool tones were gained through a traditional dying process using organic vegetable dyes. Still preferred today, weavers utilized the vegetable dyes for their vibrant and fade-resistant tones.
When studying the pattern up-close, it is easy to see why we consider our carpets as functional art. At first, the robust design appears dramatic. When placed on the floor, however, the majestic curves of the floral patterns provide a tranquil and relaxed atmosphere. The impressive center medallion in brown, cream, camel, and blue wool detailing holds three small bulbs pointing towards the top of the carpet. Varying slightly, these center motifs allow the busy design to become relaxed and composed. Like this carpet? Check out orleyshabahang.com to see their entire Art Nouveau collection.