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Posted on: July 7, 2020

Inspiration Everywhere – Tempo Carpet

Born from the mind of lead designer Bahram Shabahang, Tempo’s layered curvilinear shapes emulate the sound of music. The movement in this carpet is enhanced by its ancient methods of production. Its wool pile is handspun and colored with vegetable dyes to give it a natural striation. Furthermore, it is handwoven by artisan weavers. As such, their skill brings the design on the paper to life.

This 9'x12' edition of Orley Shabahang's Tempo carpet uses undyed wool yarns of espresso, chocolate, camel, and beige to create movement in its overlapping curvilinear forms that come together to create a teardrop shape.

More specifically, the design takes its inspiration from the music of Nowruz. Nowruz is the Persian new year. Persians celebrate on the first day of spring because of the season’s association with rebirth. Keeping this in mind, Shabahang’s design abstracts the form of a tulip. He chose this particular flower because tulips are one of the first blooms in spring. He overlaps petal-like forms around an ovular center. The overlap of these patterned shapes creates additional dimension in this handmade carpet. The message of this multi-faceted representation is the same as the music that inspired it. Orley Shabahang’s Tempo carpet encapsulates the melodic signs of early spring.

This 9'x12' edition of Orley Shabahang's Tempo carpet uses muted yarns of wheat, camel, and sage against bold yarns of terra cotta, icy blue, and royal blue to create movement in its overlapping curvilinear forms that come together to create a teardrop shape.

Love what you see? You can find Orley Shabahang’s Tempo carpet alongside the rest of our Music Collection on our website or on our 1stdibs page. Every Orley Shabahang rug is ethically created from start to finish to follow in the footsteps of the Persian carpets of antiquity. We are sure to have the perfect piece for your floor whether you vibe with traditional, transitional, or contemporary arrangements!

This version of Orley Shabahang's Tempo carpet uses cream, soft orange, sage, salmon, and blue yarns to form a series of overlapping curvilinear forms.