Navajo textiles were originally utilitarian blankets for use as cloaks, dresses, saddle blankets, and similar purposes. Hand-spun wool from sheep animals was the main source of yarn for Navajo blankets until the 1860s.
The era of the Mamluk is sometimes referred to as a renaissance of Islamic arts. Mamluk rugs are particularly resplendent. These carpets can be described as having quality and are evocative works of art.
This beautifully woven antique Khotan rug showcases an elegantly symetrical design. These patterns are simultaneously displayed with asymmetrical colors, resulting in a breathtaking display of creativity in the traditionally represented motifs.
Antique Kashan carpets are one of the most important of the Persian carpets. these lovely art weavings are the direct descendants of the Golden Age of Persian Weaving in the 16th and early 17th centuries.
Pakistani hand knotted area rugs are very practical and works in virtually any home decor setting. Our Pakistani rug is hand woven and is found with unmatchable prices and will make a good fit for any living room, dining room, or hallway. Pakistan rugs can be traditional, transitional and modern.
This lovely Turkish Harek isn’t without its own sense of design and color. The floating flowers and the design splashed tribal border will make the beholder feel as if they are installing a flower garden in their living room.
This antique Tabriz is eye catching with it’s unusual brass color. Hand woven and made of silk, this decorative carpet resonates with the palette of burnished brass, time-softened vines, and turmeric hues.
Michael Kourosh has been a preeminent fixture in the design and home furnishing community in Santa Barbara for decades. Michael’s work has been featured in some of the most luxurious and sophisticated hot spots around the world, including local gems The Four Seasons, San Ysidro and most recently in the renovation and re-imagining of The El Encanto Hotel in the American Riviera.
Michael started his love of decorative arts early on, and upon moving to Germany as a teenager he continued his apprenticeship in Persian rugs and antique collectables, where he earned his nick name ” the Rugoholic ” .
His love and holistic approach to interior design culminated when he moved to Santa Barbara and opened his first store in 1990. The past 29 years has been spent refining his vision, taking another step forward with the opening of Santa Barbara’s first fully integrated Design Center. He is proud and excited to be given the opportunity to share his vision with not only the design community, but everyone. Michael strives to provide the utmost excellence in every area of interior design and service. He has brought to Santa Barbara a unique opportunity for living spaces designed through in-house custom made furnishings, accessories, and collectables that will be the centerpiece of the finest homes for years to come.
With his network of the leading international designers, there is nothing that Michael cannot create, as is evident in the variety of design and retail awards bestowed upon his business, including 20 years and running as the best store in Santa Barbara. He prides himself with being the foremost interior design resource in the Western United States, and is happy to share his expertise to Design Santa Barbara.
In his free time, the father of two loves to travel with his family on international adventures.
Creating a Bohemian living room means creating an absolutely different and personalized atmosphere to your liking. In addition, the best feature of this boho style is that you can use any art pieces. Include your own work of art and mix colors you wish. Bohemian style often resembles a fun Eastern interior. For instance, Moroccan, so enjoy bright colors and patterns if that is what your into. You want to include wood, fur, different fabrics, leather and silk plants. Most importantly choose a oriental rug that will go with your bohemian design. Your options are endless when it comes to rugs and with a boho interior you can use pretty much any style rug. Have fun and enjoy the variety of materials you can use to create a wonderful Bohemian design. Personalized in various ways, get inspired!
This Shirvan Kilim is a flat tapestry-woven carpet traditionally produced in countries of the former Ottoman Empire, Iran, Azerbaijan and Turkic countries of Central Asia. Kilims can be purely decorative in any home especially in this design. These bohemian decorating ideas have colorful collections, unconventional displays, and design inspired by free expression as its core elements. It draws a portrait of your living room as individualistic as you.
With this Victorian style living room that has a quirky take with a boho-chic look, you are sure to come out of your comfort zone when you are in the home. These bohemian decorating ideas have heavy wood furniture with gorgeous decor that stand testament to the craftsmanship that has gone into designing this. The palette of colors range from the more soft and decorative to more bold and rich. Many will have stronger and more geometric patterns or drawings.
Antique Khotan Rugs– The vast majority of the antique rugs which were woven in the East Turkestan city of Khotan have a style that is all their own. Khotan is an oasis and an age-old center for international design. From the ornate borders and grand medallions to the stunning repeating patterns, each carpet from Khotan captures a cosmopolitan style that is different than all the other rugs produced in East Turkestan.
Antique Serapi rugs were made by small workshops and families, which resulted in formal Persian carpets as well as those with rustic tribal influences. Local production methods contributed to the characteristic abrash that adds a textural appearance to the stark field and contrasting decorations seen in many Persian Serapi rugs. These fine antique carpets were made in many sizes and shapes ranging from elongated corridor carpets to highly desirable room-size rugs. Persian Serapi rugs feature clear colors, creamy un-dyed fleece beautifully tempered reds, warm earth tones and concentrated blues
Furthermore, this bohemian room features a Serapi rug full of vibrant colors and various cultural designs. The attractive design of the oriental carpet blends well with the overall scheme of the bedroom. These bohemian decorating ideas are the perfect mix of eclectic design and fun with colors that are chosen wisely.
Anything that has a backing is no good because it hides what they had done underneath it. Which is latex glue that lets out toxins.
Buying rugs over the Internet can be easy and inexpensive, but when it arrives they almost smell like gasoline or deisel because they do not let the latex cure. On top of that they shed quite a lot due to the wool being cheap because the rugs need to be inexpensive to sell.
Eventually, it will start coming apart and will end up in our landfill. This is why hand tufted rugs are no good! We highly recommend that you buy a rug that is hand knotted. The way to tell that it is hand knotted is by checking the back of a rug and seeing that the knots are done individually. You will also find that each knot is slightly different then the next.
Rugs & More is recognized as the ultimate shopping destination for the world’s finest rugs. Our rugs are sourced internationally and are hand selected and surveyed to ensure the highest quality.
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The Forbidden Stitch. Why is it forbidden? The standard answer is that its so small and difficult to work. Making this stitch causes the needle worker to go blind. Young girls loose their eyesight when they make this stitch! stitches used along with satin stitches and couching on highly decorative, finely-worked silk costume items. One romantic view suggests that this label appeared when such work was forbidden among young girls because its fineness contributed to eyestrain.
Certain terms consistently refer to small knots made on the fabric surface by wrapping a heavy embroidery thread. Usually silk floss, around a needle and then stitching it down. This has been done with varying numbers of wrappings and degrees of complexity.
Among actual Chinese embroideries, it is unusual to find the knots so widely spaced or scattered. The spacing is dependent upon the length of the connecting stitch on the under side of the fabric. Each knot is indeed separate, however, this distinguishes the stitch most clearly from the Pekinese Stitch. The medieval nobles of Europe loved this stitch and they were making a version of it under the name French Knot. A French Knot is basically the same as a Pekin Knot (aka Forbidden Stitch), only the thread is wrapped at least twice around the needle.
The name comes from a forbidden city. The Emperors of China lived in the Forbidden City from the 1400’s until the 1900’s and they had hordes of needle workers making costumes and tapestries and table clothes and a zillion other things. The Forbidden Stitch was for the Emperor and his court and not for the rest of us mere mortals. It wasn’t supposed to leave the Forbidden City but of course it did.
The sampler rugs are also known as wagireh. Made as a template with many pattern and carpet design. Production of larger rugs, they are generally small pieces the size of a scatter rug or mat.
Although these rugs do not show the entire design, they only show the basic or fundamental portion of the various larger decorative elements of the field and borders. As well as, selected individual motifs, which could then be expanded according to established symmetrical repetitions to produce the complete composition.
The answer probably lies in the completeness of the wagireh as a holographic shorthand for the finished carpet in all its aspects, not only the pattern and the knot count, but all the structural detail the spin of the yarns, the number of wefts, the thickness of the pile, the precise color and texture of the wool, and most of all, the exact relative proportion of all the elements, in one concise package.
As such the sampler / wagireh evolved as more than just a pattern. It was to all intents and purposes a shorthand rug, abbreviated and abstracted to be sure, but a rug nonetheless. That is why wagirehs so often have the visual impact or effect of a complete rug, even though their designs are sometimes off-center, ignoring the rules of symmetry that normally govern ornamental rug design.
The fact that complete borders, no matter how small, enclose the whole array induces us to read the wagireh as a framed composition rather than as a fragment or something incomplete. It is not difficult to see how this sampler, whose size is comparable to many a scatter-size rug, could readily serve as a beautiful piece of floor covering when it was not being used to guide the production of room-sized medallion garden carpets. The richness of its coloration and the tactile velvety quality of its wool would only facilitate this double function.
When we consider the case of this particular Bidjar wagireh, it is no longer difficult to see why sampler rugs of this kind were made in lieu of colored sketches.
Rugs were produced by people who loved rugs, people for whom rugs were a fundamental feature of daily life. The wagireh, or at least exceptional wagirehs like this one, helped to maintain a seamless continuity between the manufacture of rugs as an economic industry and the enjoyment of rugs as integral part of cultural experience.