About Our Rugs
- The Antique Looms Collection
- East Falls Folk life
- Gabbehs –Modern Tribal Treasures
- Hand Knotted Rugs from Pakistan/Afghanistan
- Ikats & Suzanis
- James Opie Afghan Carpet Project
- Megerian Sultanabads
- Pak Modern Rugs
- Pazyryk Carpet
- Sea Life Folkies
The Antique Looms Collection
The Antique Looms Collection was created in 1996 with a specific and ambitious goal, to produce beautiful carpets that would not only succeed commercially, but would however, also prove faithful to the essence of the ageless treasures which served as their inspiration.
Sources were located for the finest Turkish wools and the services of experienced dye masters were produced. Only high quality vegetal and Swiss Chromium dyes are used. In the network of weaving centers in Romania, under the careful supervision of master weavers, faithful adherence to the ethos of the original Persian and Indian antique carpets is assured, not only in design and color but also in texture and technique. The weave as skilled artisan combines creative input with tradition. Finishing workshops and washing facilities exist in Turkey and The United States where the final shearing and washing takes place. Quality control is exemplified at every level of producing these handmade gems.
Ikats & Suzanis
The gallery will be showcasing IKAT design rugs during the month of May through mid June, woven with incredible Uzbek Ikat designs requiring a high knot count. These pieces capture the eloquence of great carpets from a glorious weaving past. Characterized by the dynamic design itself, astonishing color and great quality wool, this project embodies the best of woven art. Hazara Afghan weavers utilize the finest hand spun Central Asian wools and natural dyes. Unique color combinations and unusual sizes make for very interesting rugs. I hope our clients will visit the gallery to view the lovely new additions to our collection.
James Opie Afghan Carpet Project
To connect people who want to work with rug-minded consumers in the US looking for outstanding quality products and, who want to contribute to a favorable impact for the troubled nation of Afghanistan. Purchasing these Afghan products helps the communities and the weavers. Hazara Afghan weavers utilize the finest hand spun Central Asian wools and natural dyes. Mr. Opie carefully selects the most interesting tribal and village designs for the project. These intricate designs require fine work and a high knot count. Read more about this project here.
East Falls Folk Life
The idea for folk life rugs evolved from the village rug weavers themselves. This fresh look at rug weaving in the form of folk life expression is an inspired, creative, primitive view of fish as the artist sees them. These rugs are unique among contemporary productions. Careful attention has been paid to every detail-all yarns are hand spun from the from the finest long-staple wools, dyed by hand with only natural dyes to produce vivid, lightfast colors. The rugs are woven in Eastern Anatolia, where there is a long history of tribal and village weaving.
Gabbehs – Modern Tribal Treasures
More than a thousand years ago, nomads in southern Iran developed Gabbeh rugs to be used in their tents. As Gabbehs were their own invention, the very word can not be defined, given the changing nature of gabbeh patterns. The wool in these rugs comes from mountain dwelling flocks in the Zagros region of southern Iran. It is a wonderful quality wool that is selected for use in these rugs. The wool is hand spun, having perfect imperfections, slight variations, that contribute a sense of movement in the rugs. The finest vegetal dyes are used in conjunction with the weaver’s license to create extraordinary rugs from the heart of that creativity.
Hand Knotted Rugs from Pakistan/Afghanistan
The wool for these lovely articulated carpets is from the Kandahar area of Afghanistan. It is spun in the poorest area of Afghanistan, border areas (porous borders) where people are specialists in the spinning of the raw wool. The area greatly benefits from the spinning industry. The wool is then sent to the NW frontier Pakistan Peshawar region. West of that are is a large Turkman enclave where in a tribal setting, the wool is hand dyed with natural dye stuffs. The dye stuffs are from Afghanistan. The wool is sent back to Afghanistan for weaving (Turkman weavers with a rich history in carpet making), then back to Pakistan where it is washed and sheared ( no chemical wash) for shipment to wherever.
Carpets are started by creating yarn that has the same attributes as the originals, duplicating the quality, texture, handle, sheen and durability. The yarn is dyed by hand in vats. The rugs are knotted by hand using the original weaving technique. Like the originals, each Megerian rug is endowed with its own unique character. The basic design and color combinations are programmed however there will be slight variations in minor elements. One variation might be in color due to the natural occurrence of abrash.
They do not use any chemicals, bleaches or machines, which would make the process less expensive, but could undermine the wool’s longevity. The Megerians use the highest quality dyes available, whether vegetable or chrome based. The dyes have to pass the test of allowing intentionally produced color variation and of maintaining color fastness in the home environment. When the rugs come off the loom, the colors seen then are the colors you are enjoying now. No chemicals are introduced in the rinse, which could alter or disguise the original color. Additionally, Megerian rugs are soap washed by hand.
The Megerian family stands behind the high quality standard we have set for our rugs. There are other Egyptians, but none measure up in quality, including materials, workmanship, inventory availability or service. As a final step, each Megerian piece is hand-finished in New York City in their own workshop.
Pak Modern Rugs
Pak contemporary rugs are made in the Lahore area mainly in villages surrounding the Lahore area. They are woven in small cottage industry type settings, specializing in contemporary design. The wool is durable, the rug is finely woven using natural or a high grade chromium dye for consistency.
The earliest pile-weave rug discovered in its entirety dates back to the 5th century B.C. It was discovered frozen in 1949 by a Russian archaeologist, Rudenko, in a Scythian burial site in the Altay Mountains of Siberia near the northeastern border of Mongolia. The importance of Pazyryk rug is that it proves pile weaving is an ancient craft. Until the discovery of Pazyryk carpet, the scholars relied on literary accounts about the existence of certain rugs in history that did not specify the technique by which the rugs were woven.
The dimensions of Pazyryk were 6′ by 6′ and it was woven by symmetric knots of about 200-225 per square inch. It is uncertain what the origin of Pazyryk is; however, it has Persian Achaemenian (a Persian dynasty who ruled from 550 to 331 BC.) motifs. Some scholars believe that because of its Achaemenian motifs, it was made in Persia and was imported. Others disagree and believe it was made near the area where it was found. Currently the Pazyryk carpet is in Hermitage Museum in Leningrad, Russia.
Sea Life Folkies
Coral Reef rugs were conceived three years ago from vintage prints of reef fish and turtles.
The rugs are made in the Agra area of India with a special blend of high-grade wool, hand spun with natural dyes. For the most part, the rugs are made in homes of the weavers (villagers) that have been picked for their skill and gift of spontaneity injected into each rug.
Dyes used are: madder root- reds, henna/ marigold peel-yellows/ indigo (from indigo plant) blue/ chestnut bark and others.
The sumac rug is a flat-weave rug. However, the technique used with the creation of the sumak is a bit different. When weaving the sumac, the horizontal threads are wrapped on the vertical threads. This created a chain stitch brocade appearance. This rug is favorable to many because the process behind it results in a rug that is reversible and does not have a darker or lighter side. The Sumak name originates from the Caucasian rug because they were also made using the above technique. In fact, numerous designs today have emulated the designs of original Caucasian rugs. Many Sumaks today are also produced looking antique or worn for design needs.
Zamin carpets are made in India, in villages in the eastern part of Uttar Pradesh. Zamin means earth or land in Persian or Hindi and Zamin carpets are truly carpets of the earth. They are a thick, weighty, meaty carpet, where all the weight of the carpet is in the heavy, beaten wool pile, much like and old Persian Bidjar. The vegetable dye colors are rich and saturated. The best longest staple wool is used, which is hand carded and hand spun. Vegetable dyestuffs are collected from throughout India and Nepal. Zamin designs favor the more primitive, such as Gabbeh designs, but run a range from modern to classical Persian designs. They are relatively fine woven, averaging about 100 knots per square inch and are woven in a large range of sizes.