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Posted on: April 23, 2019

Inspiration Everywhere – Typhoon

Typhoon was created by our principal designer Bahram Shabahang as a modern take on the traditional Persian paisley motif. Despite the modernized illustration of this ancient symbol, Typhoon still stays true to its roots as a representation of light and life.

Orley Shabahang's original Typhoon design has a knot-like symbol in the center with soft brown, pink, green, and blue tendrils surrounded by yellow and blue waves.

Boteh, better known as paisley, traces its origins to the Zoroastrians of ancient Persia. The Sassanian Empire, which was a world power from 224 to 651 AD, fabricated the boteh design into carpets and textiles as an allusion to the pillars of their faith. In one way the motif is a representation of the cypress tree, a Zoroastrian symbol of life and birth. Paisley is also reminiscent of a flame, which is the earthly manifestation of god’s ‘light’ or knowledge in the Zoroastrian religion. In Orley Shabahang’s Typhoon carpet, this symbolism has not been lost.

Orley Shabahang's original Typhoon design has a knot-like symbol in the center with soft brown, orange, purple and blue tendrils surrounded by cream and blue waves.

In Shabahang’s design, the typical teardrop paisley shape has been slightly transformed to create a visual symmetry and balance. Looking closer at the central form, however, it becomes apparent that Shabahang continues the boteh design within this knot-like figure. The tendrils of different colors have the same evocation as the flame or cypress tree of the traditional motif, but they look more modern because they are comprised of a single color rather than a pattern. Additionally, the waves surrounding the central design are an abstracted illustration of waves, whether that be the energy of life (the cypress tree) or the wavelength of light (the flame). Ultimately, Typhoon is Shabahang’s contemporary artistic representation of the physics and metaphysics behind the original Sassanian paisley motif.

Orley Shabahang's original Typhoon design has a knot-like symbol in the center with varying shades of pink, red, and purple tendrils surrounded by tone on tone red waves.

Find Typhoon, along with a variety of additional original designs, at Orley Shabahang. Find a retailer near you or e-mail us at [email protected] to find the perfect piece of functional art for your floor.