Posted on: December 3, 2019
Inspiration Everywhere – The Rose Garden Carpet
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!
The Rose Garden carpet was the first carpet designed by Orley Shabahang’s co-director Shirin Shabahang. Here, she creates a pattern of two-toned roses that elegantly move their way up a series of alternating pink and red squares. Shabahang took her inspiration for this vegetable dyed, hand-knotted carpet from childhood summers spent in Iran. She nostalgically recalls afternoons spent watching her grandfather tend to his garden. Filled with flowers, trees, and fruits, this piece of heaven on earth was where Shabahang had some of her best memories. She reminisces on his devotion to his garden, planting a different selection of roses for her grandmother every year. Shabahang translates this fond memory and its deep connection to her roots into the serene Rose Garden design. It is pictured below in an 8′ by 10′ size.
The Rose Garden carpet lives as part of Orley Shabahang’s Arts and Crafts collection. Not only does the style parallel that of William Morris‘s textiles, but the attention paid to quality also reflects his ideals. As one of the most significant European designers of the mid-nineteenth century, Morris rejected the degradation of quality and simplification of ornamentation that resulted from the Industrial Revolution. As such, he demanded that all of his textiles be sourced from the best raw materials, dyed with natural vegetable dyes, and created by the hand of a craftsman. This ethos completely aligns with the production of every Orley Shabahang carpet. Furthermore, the rich tones, use of color, and floral motifs are comparable to Morris’s textile. In this case, however, Shabahang opts for a more muted background so as not to distract from the beauty of the woven flowers.
Inspired by what you have seen and read? Visit an Orley Shabahang retailer near you to see this carpet firsthand!