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Posted on: July 9, 2019

Inspiration Everywhere – Poppies

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.

Orley Shabahang's Poppies pattern consists of two concentric circles that have a stem attached. The colorway is neutral wool and silk creams with light blue, black, and red.

Orley Shabahang’s Poppies carpet from the Art Deco collection has been a crowd favorite since its conception almost twenty years ago. Everyone has their own idea about what its circle-and-line pattern represents, which is the most fun aspect of our one-of-a-kind abstracted designs. The truth behind this motif, however, comes from the time that our owner and designer Bahram Shabahang spent on the beaches of Florida. 

Orley Shabahang's Poppies pattern consists of two concentric circles that have a stem attached. The colorway is neutral wool and silk creams with light blue, black, and red.

When opening our Palm Beach showroom, Shabahang loved to pass his evenings on the beach which was a far cry from the Wisconsin weather that he traveled from. During one of these strolls, he noticed jellyfish that had washed ashore. Shabahang was struck by their natural beauty and was inspired to reimagine this beauty in a way that would be suitable for a carpet design. Abstracting and simplifying this creature meant including only one “leg” and forming the body as an lit orb within a larger circle.

Orley Shabahang's Poppies pattern consists of two concentric circles that have a stem attached. This detailed image demonstrates a colorway is that is neutral wool and silk creams with silk light blue, black, green, and red threads.

Typically when weaving this design, Shabahang adds a subtle silk detail on the wool background. This allows the pattern to to spring to life, giving more attention to the motif and adding an extra visual dimension to the carpet as a whole. Like many of our signature designs, the functionality of Poppies comes from not only the durability and quality but also its ability to be both old school and new school.  It would fit right into an Art Deco inspired space with dark walls, gold accents, and rich woodgrains and stone slabs. Alternatively, you could bring the floor to life in an ultra-contemporary space with white walls, light wood floors, and curvilinear furniture. This versatility is great when considering the purchase of a hand-made Persian carpet that will last generations.

To see this rug, as well as a plethora of other unique designs, visit our website. And if you prefer to see and feel the difference firsthand, visit one of our retail locations.