Information on collecting and living with antique rugs
 


TRUE COLORS

"The color of an oriental carpet is one of its most compelling mysteries. Before the twentieth century, Oriental rugs reflected an uninterrupted cultural tradition going back thousands of years. Although the language of these designs remained faithful to its origins, there was tremendous range in the creation of motifs and color harmonies, making each carpet unique...."

MORE ABOUT THE COLOR OF ORIENTAL RUGS

"... since the mid-19th century....chemical dyes and more European design elements have been woven into oriental carpets reflecting historical and cultural changes in the art of rug making. Although the rulers of the Persian Empire did everything they could think of to keep these changes from happening, it was a tide that could not be stopped."

SEEKING THE PERFECT CARPET

"Before the 20th century, designs in Oriental rugs reflected an uninterrupted cultural tradition going back thousands of years. Even though the language of these designs remained faithful to its origins, there was tremendous range in the creation of motifs and color harmonies that made each carpet unique..."