Tent Hanger, woven by tribal Turkomans of Afghanistan.
6’9″ x 4’11”
A Warm Welcome from Michael Kourosh
Rugs pay tribute to the beauty of their countries of origin. Whether exotic or traditional, tribal or modern, our rugs weave stories through intricate patterns, compelling colors, and touchable materials. These museum quality pieces are a testament to superior craftsmanship.
Our rugs, textiles, tapestries, flat woven rugs, Kilims, and needlepoints are hand-knotted and woven in silk and wool of the highest quality. Both rare and unique in design, these collectibles quickly become family treasures that can be passed down from one generation to the next.
Our goal is to help you make a rug truly yours! Rugs & More is proud to offer customization options. Creating a custom rug from a variety of styles is the perfect solution when you can’t find exactly what you want.
Ikat is all over the place these days — as trendy as anything ancient can ever claim to be. The Ikat designs are very traditional textiles ranging from areas to the Southeast Asia to South America to the Middle East and beyond; this type of pattern offers interiors a kind of dressed-up bohemian vibe. Giving a new meaning to Boho-Chic, it is the new “in” for interiors in a lot of circles because it marries a hip and ethnic vibe!
The word ‘ikat’ (pronounced ‘ee-KAHT’) comes from the Malaysian word ‘mengikat,’ or ‘to tie.’ Ikat is an ancient dyeing technique often applied to silk fabrics, creating a distinctive blurred geometry design. This dyeing technique uses a resist dyeing process on the yarns prior to dyeing and weaving the fabric. When the dyeing is finished all the bindings are removed, the yarns are woven into cloth or in our case the rugs.
In other resist-dyeing techniques such as tie-dye and batik the resist is applied to the woven cloth, whereas in ikat the resist is applied to the yarns before they are woven into cloth. Because the surface design is created in the yarns rather than on the finished cloth, in ikat both fabric faces are patterned.
At Rugs and More our collection of Ikat rugs are hand knotted using in most cases Silk. Please note these fine examples that we carrying. The carpets themselves are in most cases a work of art – that is why we have one on display hanging on a wall!
The height of Tabriz carpets popularity were produced during the Safavid dynasty by local artisans throughout the 16th Century. Classic Persian carpet weaving flourished throughout this period (from 1499 to 1722), this is why they called it the Golden Age. Many carpets were made from the influence of Shah Abbas the Great (1587-1629) who left behind a true legacy.
Elaborate designs were drawn as Caricatures, which the artists implemented, into their weaving. Creating such motifs as medallions, combating animals, birds, vines, and palmettos – which are all depicted in some of these beautiful masterpieces. Each motif has esoteric meanings that combine ancient elements of the decorative art and traditional symbolism based on some legendary event, love-scene or mythological or religious plot…
Throughout this period the artists and artisans created wonderful manuscripts, embroidered silks, painted miniatures and fabricated metal work in the Safavid style. And it was during this very fertile and creative era that the weavers of Tabriz rugs attained new artistic heights by created extraordinary oriental rugs and carpets.
Rugs and More has quite a few beautiful examples of Tabriz rugs! If you are looking for a jewel to be displayed in your home please come by today and we will show you the beautiful workmanship of Tabriz carpets.
Rugs and More have a wonderful contemporary collection of these striking rugs. Bold in color and modern in style, these fresco inspired designs appear as though painted by hand. Our Fresco Style Collection is finely crafted with wool and hand-spun, hand-carved silk, which brings a unique texture to these handsome carpets.
At Rugs & More our collections of Fresco rugs and carpets all have an element of Abstract Expressionism. These Fine hand-knotted wool and silk carpets are unique contemporary masterpieces and they bring a modern edge to any room.
Turkish Oushak Rugs use a unique family of motifs and they are manufactured city of Uşak, Turkey – which is one of the larger towns in Western Anatolia. Usak, was a major center of rug production from the early days of the Ottoman Empire,(which dates back to the 15th Century), and continues into the early 20th century.
The late 19th century saw the renewal of Oriental rug production, at this time Oushak re-surfaced as a well-known center of weaving manufacturers. The new Oushak industry saw two major shifts in design: floral patterns, (greatly influenced by Persian designs), and room size carpets we all the rage. Oushaks are famed for the grand, monumental scale of designs. As you will see with this example below that we have for sale at Rugs and More!
Oushak rugs are known for the silky, luminous wool and the dyes used are more towards cinnamon, terracotta tints, gold, blues, greens, ivory, saffron and grays. As you can see in this particular carpet. The carpet is truly a work of art!
Today, Oushak rugs are highly desirable and decorative for elegant room settings. Step into Rugs and More and let us show you our wonderful collection of Oushak Rugs!
The city of Tarbiz, in the North West of Iran, experienced an artistic reclamation for rug making after three Persian rug weaver/designers Kurban Dai, Sheik Safi, and most notably, the celebrity Hadji Jallili—were responsible for the revival of a truly memorable Persian carpet production in the 19th Century.
Master Weaver Haji Jalili was the most notable and important creator of unique Court design carpets. He started to hand craft some masterpieces such as this signed fine example of antique Tabizhaj carpet that we have for sale at Rugs and More.
These carpets are extremely difficult to procure because of their limited production and great demand, a small number of antique Hadji Jallili Tabriz carpets can still be found in area sizes, room sizes and very occasionally in majestic oversize. Making this gem very rare due to its size. You may also find an exact replica of this carpet on display at the Royal Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England.
Haji Jalili, is known for his unique approach to rug-making with his distinctive choices of color pallets – lighter colors such as pink, greys and gold and design elements; cypress trees, weeping willows, deer, peacocks and gazelle. His other trademark was that he used subdued backgrounds of ivory, wheat, sand, terra cotta, pale rust and browns. And for some added contrast he would use midnight indigo. He also used a high knotted density on the rugs which gave the rugs a fine porcelain quality.
If you are interested in purchasing this rare masterpiece please come to Rugs and More located at 410 Olive Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Baluchi rugs are unlike any other style of rug. Their characteristic is eccentric, with bright colors and playful patterns. Each rug is hand-woven 100% wool using beautiful vegetable dye. Baluchi Rugs are all collectible examples of nomad art because historically the Baluchi tribes, (even to this day), live a nomadic way of life. Each woven piece was made to be utilized for saddlebags, animal trappings, or grain bags – all woven to be used daily. Therefore these rugs were initially made to be used inside tribal tents, and were often needed to be mobile and moved from one place to another. And as a matter of practicality they were produced in smaller sizes, the most common of which are 3′ x 4′ or 4′ x 6′, and they are usually limited to less than 8 feet in length.
At Rugs and More we have this beauty and it is very rare due to the size!
Baluch rugs are woven in Baluchistan, which covered the South Eastern Province of Baluchistan in Iran, southwest of Afghanistan, and east of Pakistan, near the borders of the three countries. We can appreciate that these rugs are all the result of tribal adaptations or transformations of urban rug design. There are a number of patterns or motifs that are original Baluch creations – tree of life patterns, geometric all-over repeat designs, and diamond latch hook medallion patterns, to name a few.
Antique Baluch rugs are a unique phenomenon in the world of antique Oriental rugs. Rather than originating from one specific, easily identified region, Baluch rugs are actually expressive of an extraordinarily wide range of styles: more of an amalgamation of Turkish, Persian and Caucasian rug styles. This is largely due to the fact that the historical region where Baluch rugs have been produced, Baluchistan, is no longer an independent region. Today, this region exists on either side of the border between Iran and Pakistan. Which explains the hybrid of styles reflected in the antique rugs of Baluchistan.
This Carpet is the finest Amoghi Mashad made in northeast Persia by master weaver Amu-Oghli for the royal Persian court. It was commissioned for an aristocratic official for the Royal Court. And it is a unique because of it’s ivory back ground and matching ivory border. Amoghi Mashad carpets are always navy and burgundy so this one is not only antique but very rare and possibly one-of-a-kind and it is in remarkable original and mint condition.
The city of Mashhad is one of the oldest centers of weaving for the production of famous Persian carpets mainly due to the fact that the city is also known for producing some of the best wool in Iran. This carpet is also unique because it was weaved by the greatest Mashhad workshop of all time was that of Soltan Ibrahim Mirza. More recently Mashad workshops included Amoghli (Amu-oghli, Amoughli, Emoghli), he was among the famous master carpet weavers of the 19th Century.
If you are interested in this work of art please feel free to come by Rugs and More. We are located at the Santa Barbara Design Center 410 Olive Street, SB, CA 93101!
Persian rugs are one of the only practical pieces of fine art found in the world due to the fact that no other investment grows in beauty and value as they increases with age. A perfect example is this Bakhtiari Carpet that was commissioned in c. 1870 for his holly Ashraf head of the army. As you can see the top of the carpet is inscribed by Bakhtiaris. Beautifully crafted with amazing saturated colors, size and condition.
Oversize and palace-size antique Bakhtiatri carpets that were woven on commission by the great Bakhtiari khans are among the most highly regarded of the antique Bakhtiari carpets. The carpet includes representational characters and beautiful motifs of the 16th, 17th, & 18th centuries. Over a million strands of wool were gracefully tied into a pattern of Persian figures with stylized motifs.
The History of the rugs and carpets considered among the finest in the world began in 1810 in Northwest Persia’s Zagros mountain range, home to the Bakhtiari, who were famed for their weaving. These carpets are admired for both their technical skill and artistry of bold geometric, floral and figurative designs.
Handcrafted Bakhtiari carpets have some basic characteristics that mark them as examples of the highest quality. The carpet should be dense and tight to the touch, which gives the pattern a clear and crisp like a focused picture; not blurry. The carpet should have good body. Contrary to popular belief, thickness has no effect on durability. The thickness is determined by the climate in which the carpet was woven. Another tip, they should have a natural sheen that comes from the using the finest wool enhances the color tones, so that the older a rug gets, the better it will look. Making a Persian classic carpet can take a family a year or more to create a carpet. And also keep in mind that it has taken thousands of years for Persian carpet makers to develop the looms, dyes, designs and materials that go into making one of their masterpieces.
Authentic Persian carpets can be viewed as a reflection between man and nature. Each arabesque, medallion, cartouche, spandrel and rosette is specifically selected to achieve harmony and balance. The colors, symbols and borders express the history and hope of a people. To this day these various “styles” provide a woven language that tells a story of the centuries old culture of Persia.
Although this particular Bakhtiari is very rare, Rugs & More have a large inventory of high qualify Persian rugs, from every famed region. This includes outstanding examples from Kermanshah, Tabriz, Yazd, Malayer, and Senneeh, among others.
Bakshaish carpets are known to be highly eclectic therefore not very common because they are for very distinctive homes. Yet they can serve contemporary and traditional homes. Their designs are over scale emblematic or stylized floral patterns that offer striking graphic originality. Bakshaish Carpet is renowned for including the age-old Tree of Life motif and their use of certain dyes and use of camel hair. Another trademark for these carpets is Bakshaish blue palette that ranges from periwinkle to morning glory.
Bakshaish rugs are considered among the finest examples of larger rugs from the region of Northwest Iran. These rugs are considered traditional Persian classical carpets. In the late 19th century the designs produced in Bakshaish carpets were similar to those of the Arakweavers.
The Bakshaish carpets are the only examples that maintain the vibrant hand of the tribal weavers this is why they are so popular amongst avid collectors.
At Rugs and More we have a full array of these carpets to choose from starting at $2000 and up to $125,000!
In Persia, Kashan was a center of silk production and, as the largest city in the northwest, a major stop on every trade route. Kashan’s weaving produced some of the most desirable and best classical Persian rugs. These rugs date back to the 16th and 17th Centuries and this era was considered the “Golden Age of Persian Weaving.” Many of the archetypal Persian designs for rugs began during this period. The most notable motif was the “Royal Garden” of Kashan, which was Shah Abbas from the Safavid Dynasty. This dynasty was considered one of the most significant ruling dynasties in Persia. The Safavid shahs ruled over the so-called gunpowder empires – they ruled from 1501 – 1736 and were the economic stronghold between the East and West.
The majority of vintage Kashan rugs available today usually came from the second half of the 19th to the beginning of the 20th Century. The most rare group of Kashan rugs is the “Mohtasham Kashan” which was woven in the late 19th Century. These elite class of rugs used a quality lambs wool called Merino wool – that gave a luminous quality of the surface of the rugs. Ustadan Zufikhar Ed Din Mohtashem “the Master Weaver” of that period produced these rugs. The rugs have a particular style, color and wool; they were also noted for using purple and red silk bindings for selvedges.
At Rugs and More we carry the largest collection of Kashan Rugs as well as a handful of Mohtasham carpet. Stop by today and see these beautiful pieces of artwork.