The Oriental Rug Renaissance

Natasha and I come across new carpets with designs we have seen only in museums. We find rugs that are full of character, rugs with vegetal dyes and handspun wool, gorgeous rugs — and a lot of them, more than we can afford to buy. At some time, unnoticed at first, the world of Oriental rugs entered a renaissance. How did it happen? When did it happen?

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Natural Dyes Rediscovered

Phase one of the Oriental rug renaissance was the revival of natural dyeing techniques, spearheaded by the DOBAG project and such visionaries as George Jevremov…

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Pakistani Rugs: Afghan Weavers in Pakistan

Some of the best new oriental rugs are being made in Pakistan by Afghan refugees. Here’s the story.

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Buying Rugs in Pakistan – Ask the Experts

Q: We purchased your book Oriental Rugs Today a few weeks ago in Islamabad, our home now for about three months. Thank you so much for putting together a readable, informative guide. It has sparked a deeper interest in buying and learning about how carpets are made. We would like to know if you recommend […]

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India Rugs: Old World Classics

Old World Classics make rugs and carpets in India in about forty designs, with handspun wool and natural dyes, washed and finished entirely without chemicals.

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Indo-Sarouks: Sarouk Rugs from India

Indian Sarouk Rugs, or Indo-Sarouks, are Indian rugs made to look like classic Persian Sarouk rugs.

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Rugs of India: Mahindra Carpets

Mahindra is a type of Oriental rugs produced in India, woven with natural dyes and hand-spun wool on a cotton foundation. Mahindras revolutionized Indian rugs..

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The Oriental Rug Renaissance – Recap and Timeline

Summary and Timeline of the Oriental Rug Renaissance, which started roughly in 1985. Plus some great photos.

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Rug Books we recommend

Here are other comprehensive rugs books about Oriental carpets, though you should note that, like most rug books, the ones I’ve cited focus on antique rugs.

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Western Influences on Oriental Rugs

A fundamental change has occurred in the way oriental rugs are selected to be woven. Commercial interests in Europe and America are now deciding what carpets…

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Rugs of India: Jaipur Tea-wash Carpets

Tea-wash rugs from India, specifically the so-called 9/9 Jaipur carpets, have become immensely popular in the U.S. oriental rug market. Here’s the story.

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Geopolitical Events and the Oriental Rug Renaissance

International political events contributed to the rug renaissance. The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the Islamic Revolution in Iran…

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Rugs of India: Zamin Carpets

No one recognizes these rugs as Indian; they look and feel completely different. Zamin rugs are eclectic in design, drawing inspiration from Iran, Turkey, and elsewhere. They are colorful, ‘villagey’ in character, and studies in natural dye.

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Lessons from Oriental rug history

There’s a strange vitality to the oriental rug market. When all else fails, says A. Cecil Edwards, the Persians turn to rug making…

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