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Posted on: May 26, 2020

Inspiration Everywhere – Butterfly Dreams

Orley Shabahang’s Butterfly Dreams evokes visually exactly what its name implies literally. This week we discuss the revelation behind this design’s floating dreamscape.

Butterfly Dreams shows a series of outlined butterflies floating on a wide border that surrounds a field filled with porous outlined coral and star shaped forms. This pure wool version is in a soft blue, sky blue, cream, and light brown colorway.

Butterfly Dreams is part of Orley Shabahang’s Art Nouveau collection. Like many Art Nouveau designs, it takes its inspiration from the natural world and presents it as a series of flowing curves. The undulating movements in this handmade carpet come from the creative mind of designer Bahram Shabahang.

Butterfly Dreams shows a series of outlined butterflies floating on a wide border that surrounds a field filled with porous outlined coral and star shaped forms. This pure wool version is in a soft blue-green, cream, and brown colorway.

Here he mimics a picturesque scene he had once witnessed. While by the ocean, he saw a kaleidoscope of butterflies fluttering over the water. The butterflies are woven into the field of the carpet while the center depicts the coral on the ocean floor. This memory stayed with Shabahang as a reminder of the coexistence of nature. Like the creation of a true Persian carpet, this spectacle manifested the harmony of existence.

Butterfly Dreams shows a series of outlined butterflies floating on a wide border that surrounds a field filled with porous outlined coral and star shaped forms. This version has blue, brown, and pale green wool threads that are outlined with brown silk threads.

One interesting aspect of this piece is its use of perspective. Butterfly Dreams magnifies the scale of the starfish and coral at the bottom of the ocean. This is similar to a real-life occurrence. Light travels on a straight trajectory. When it is reflected on water, however, it bounces in all different directions. As such, the light bouncing off of the water makes the object within it look larger. This play on scale maintains visual balance between the figures in the carpet’s border and the figures in the carpet’s field.

Find Butterfly Dreams at a retailer near you! We have several in stock options ranging from small area rugs to oversize carpets. And as always, there is the option to order a custom size or colorway. You can also find a range our one-of-a-kind handcrafted carpets online at our 1stdibs storefront. Every Orley Shabahang signature piece is woven by hand using only the finest raw materials and vegetable dyes. This way we can ensure the highest quality carpet for your floor!