Kerman Rugs: Beautiful Antiques From Persia

The province of Kerman in south central Iran and its surrounding villages is one of the country’s major rug producing areas. Unlike other provinces, Kerman is isolated, so it has escaped the effects of various invasions throughout Persian history. Hence, its art flourished without influence and, beginning in the seventeenth century, it became a major…

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Antique Rug Cleaning: Hereke Rugs

These special carpets represent the pinnacle of the Turkish carpet weaving tradition. Hereke rugs were inspired by the motifs and compositions of traditional Turkish carpets, as well as by the more elaborate curvilinear motifs of Persia and Egypt. Antique Hereke carpets — from neo-classic designs with sophisticated all over patterns to swarming gardens of plants…

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INTERIOR DESIGN SPOTLIGHT: Doris Leslie Blau, New York, NY

“A rug, like a work of art, should awaken something in you,” Doris Leslie Blau — a legend in the world of rug design — once said. “As soon as you enter a room your eyes focus on the floor first, and then shift upward. That’s why a rug is an important part of any…

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INTERIOR DESIGN SPOTLIGHT: Michael Mandapati, New York, NY

“A space is defined through the articulation of its details. With a commitment to principles of design, any space has the ability to fully realize its potential.” This is the philosophy that Michael Mandapati, founder of Warp & Weft, has maintained since his firm opened in 2001, and this is the standard that Warp &…

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TRUE RUG STORIES: Removing Pet Stains on Rugs

Two empty nesters, Mike and Rose, enjoyed a life together, but also separate interests. Mike had no idea Rose thought their life was lacking in any way until she came home with a Shih Tzu they named Tocho. Mike and Rose didn’t consider all the pet stains on their rugs, courtesy of Tocho.

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