Posted on: February 26, 2019

Staff Pick – Canyon Sunset

Company President Chris Lynch explains why Canyon Sunset from Orley Shabahang’s Art Deco collection is one of his favorites from our unique modern Persian rug designs.

modern Persian carpet with a black, linear sketch of a vista that contrasts against the subtle cream background


Like every Orley Shabahang signature carpet, Canyon Sunset is made to an exceptionally high standard that begins with our raw materials. Our wool is saturated in lanolin, making it soft to the touch with the added benefit of its role as a natural stain repellent. After the wool is handspun, it is typically dyed with organic vegetable dyes. One of my favorite things about this rug, however, is that it is composed of undyed wool. This is possible because our flock of sheep consists of 24 different colors, including shades of black, grey, brown, and white w00l that are carefully separated and sorted. It is amazing to see the abrash, or striation of color, in the undyed wool. The effect enhances the character of this wool rug beyond just a pleasing design. It is one of the reasons why I never tire of Canyon Sunset – the subtle richness and depth of the color are constantly revealing new surprises of things I had never noticed before.

9'2" x 12'5" modern Persian carpet in wool

As part of Orley Shabahang’s Art Deco collection, this modern Persian carpet is a one-of-a-kind design from the creative brain of our co-founder Bahram Shabahang. It does a phenomenal job of using negative space to allow the design to really pop off the rug’s canvas. The stark contrast in color paired with the single-knot thickness of the sketch gives the contemporary rug versatility to be the standout feature of a room or to recede harmoniously into the background of a space.

detail image of Canyon Sunset that shows the natural striation of color in the rug's undyed cream-colored wool backgroundOrley Shabahang has distinguished itself as the purveyor of the finest oriental rugs in the world, proudly serving heirloom-quality functional pieces of art to our clients for over forty years. Find this exquisite modern Persian rug on our website, or visit an Orley Shabahang retailer near you to see and feel its allure in person.