Friday, September 28, 2018

6 Important Points to Consider When Buying an Oriental Rug!

A beautiful Persian tribal rug in the Tree of Life design. 

As the owner of an Oriental Rug gallery, I have purchased hundreds of handmade rugs since the inception of my business. When I first started out, the process of buying rugs for my retail store was somewhat overwhelming and inhibiting but as time passed, I learned and all became easier. With over 20 years of experience and study, I now would like to share a few salient points I consider important when making that final decision to purchase a rug. 

Number 1

Colors! Do you find the colors of the rug to be aesthetically pleasing? Do the colors in the rug give you a pleasant feeling of joy and happiness? If yes, this is a great start.

Number 2

Quality of the materials. If the rug is wool, as most hand-woven rugs are, is the wool good quality? Good quality wool will not be dry or scratchy to the touch and should be quite resilient. If you push on it, does it spring back? Hand-spun wool from healthy sheep is durable and will last for many years. If the rug is silk, it should glisten like the sun and will be cold to the touch. If "fake silk" often called "art silk" it will be much less expensive and not very tightly knotted. Beware of these "art silk" rugs as they are mercerized cotton and there is no silk in the rug.

Number 3

Do you like the drawing? The drawing is the design layout of the rug. It can be geometric based or floral or anything in between. Is it too busy? Too flowery? If you love the colors but do not like the design, my advice is to pass on the rug. Do not purchase it. You must like both. Always honor your taste!

Number 4

Will the size work for your needs? A little bigger or a little smaller should not stop you from making a purchase but if the rug in question is a totally wrong size, time to let it go.

Number 5

Are you able to try the rug "on an approval basis" which means, you can take the rug home and ensure it looks wonderful in the space you have in mind. All dealers of repute will allow you to do this and some dealers, such as myself, will even ship rugs, on an approval basis.

Number 6

Do you love it? The more you look at the right rug, the prettier it becomes. Good quality hand-woven rugs with beautiful colors and interesting designs never stop giving. They will never become boring and as time moves forward, you will continue to enjoy your "handwoven work of art" every day of your life.

My last words of advice: Be, very, very careful if you start obsessing on all things rugs. This art form can be very addicting and then you may have to become a rug dealer so you can do this all the time!

For fun, I wrote an article on How to Deal with an Oriental Rug Addiction!

Article: How to Deal With an Oriental Rug Addiction

If you are looking for a beautiful handmade rug, please take a look at my gallery! I work very hard to find exquisite, interesting and wonderful Oriental rugs in tribal designs woven with hand spun wool and plant-based dyes.

Here are a few recent acquisitions for my gallery that I do think are quite lovely. 
               4 x 5ish Persian Bijar

               8 x 11 Afghan Carpet, Bijar Design

                              13 ft Persian runner, Mughal design. 
                       Fantastic Persian Gabbeh rug, approximately 6 x 8

                       Small Qashqai rug.

                       13 ft. Persian runner, Tree of Life design!

Penny Krieger

To see more rugs here is my website. 

Paradise Orienta Rugs, Inc.
137 No. Main St.
Sebastopol, CA 95472  707-823-3355

Penny Krieger is the owner of Paradise Oriental Rugs, Inc., located in Sebastopol, CA, one hour north of San Francisco. She has a wonderful selection of better quality tribal rugs, a few antique pieces and a large collection of Oriental rug trappings.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Video of Persian Bijars and Southern Persian Tribal rugs in the Tree of Life Design.

New Persian Bijar woven with hand-spun wool and plant-based dyes in an early 19th Century design.
This Bijar has been sold. 9/9/18

In light of the upcoming reinstated Persian rug embargo (Aug. 5, 2018) I have been acquiring a number of newly woven Persian rugs for my gallery. Yesterday, I put together a 5-minute video featuring a number of the pieces I thought were noteworthy. This video features a few gorgeous Persian Bijars and a couple smaller dazzling tribal rugs in the Tree of Life design. 
As of today, all of these pieces are available. 

If you've been driving on the 101 Freeway here in Sonoma County recently, you may have seen my new digital billboard ad, just before you enter Santa Rosa. This is a first for me so we will see how it works out! Kind of exciting seeing my business name up in lights:)

Here is a link to my site for those that may be interested.

Paradise Oriental Rugs, Inc.  

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Are We Headed for Another Persian Rug Embargo?

                                 Close-up of a Persian Bijar rug, Garrus design.

The last Persian rug embargo began in 2010 and was lifted in early 2016.

According to the below article, these sanctions will be reinstated on August 6, 2018.

Here is the article from the Department of the Treasury detailing the specifics. We are currently in a "wind-down" period. which, as mentioned above will terminate on August 6, 2018.

US Department of the Treasury, Iran Sanctions

From Their FAQs page:

1. GENERAL QUESTIONS 1.1. Effective May 8, 2018, what sanctions snap back into place? 

Here is the relevant passage: 

i. The importation into the United States of Iranian-origin carpets and foodstuffs and certain related financial transactions pursuant to general licenses under the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations, 31 C.F.R. part 560 (ITSR);

So, the answer is yes, we do have a new Persian rug embargo specifically commencing on August 6, 2018.  Luckily, I currently have a wonderful selection of Persian rugs, available at my gallery with a number of choice pieces arriving within the next few days.

Here are a few of my unique and beautiful Persian rugs with many more on my website. Today is June 10, 2018. My new pieces (tribal rugs from Iran) will be arriving on the 12th. If you are reading this after that date my new rugs will have arrived!

To see more beautiful rugs, including any new arrivals,
follow this link!   Paradise Oriental Rugs Gallery! 

(her name is Penny:)

Paradise Oriental Rugs, Inc.
137 No. Main St.
Sebastopol, CA 95472

                                2'10 x 6' Persian runner, Tree of Life design.

Small Persian Bijar in jewel tones!

                                Perisan Bijar rug, Garrus design, approximately 7 x 10

6 x 8 Khamsehbaf rug. Tree of Life with Cypress and Willow!

This Bijar rug, approximately  8 x 11

And there are more. Come see us soon!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Moving Foward into the 21st Century, Paradise Oriental Rugs,Inc. Now Accepting Bitcoin!

Are you looking for a retail Oriental Rug Gallery that will accept bitcoin? Look no further.
Although we do not have a "shopping cart" on our site, we are now set up to accept Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash. Please call for details! We carry genuine handmade Oriental Rugs many of which are in antique tribal designs woven with hand spun wool and plant-based dyes.

Paradise Oriental Rugs, Inc.

Here are a few of the rugs at my gallery! We ship all over! Give us a call: 707-823-3355

Beautiful Oriental Rugs at Paradise Oriental Rugs, in Sebastopol, CA.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

New Oriental Rug Videos! What is a Gabbeh Rug?

Here is the video I did today on Persian Gabbeh's featuring a number of the Gabbeh rugs I have available at my shop. Video of Gabbeh Rugs 

If you are seeking more info on Gabbeh's, this article will give you the basics. "What is a Gabbeh Rug?" by Penny Krieger 

Here is another video of some beautiful Afghan rugs recently added to my inventory. This was done just a few days ago.
Video of beautiful Afghan rugs! 

Here is a video of many of the new runners I now have for sale. Beautiful runners from Afghanistan. Of course, they are not all featured in the video as I actually have over 60 plus runners at my gallery at this time. 

And here are my gallery pages Paradise Oriental Rugs Gallery! which has all my inventoy.

Hope you enjoy!

The UnderCoverRugLover

Paradise Oriental Rugs, Inc.
137 No. Main St.
Sebastopol, CA

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Many New Beautiful Handmade Afghan Rugs Recently Arrived at my Gallery! Here's a Peek!

I am still in the process of getting all these rugs on my site but the ones I have missed thus far should be up by the end of today. 4/5/18 Done!

Also, here is a video made today of the many runners I have available. Counted them for fun, over 60. I have a great selection of all sizes of rugs, including runners. Video of Afghan New Afghan Runners. 

Not going into all the sizes here, just a few photos to share. On my website, all the sizes are indicated as well as additional information. The first photos are all runners, under 10 ft. The navy runner is 3'7" in width. That is the Tree of Life runner, here at the top which is gorgeous! The other runners are all under 3ft wide.

These few rugs are in the 5 x 7ish range.

This smaller rug is one of my favorites! Magical blue!
Close to 4 x 6, from memory.

These are smaller, approximately 3 x 5's.

And there are more! Have a look at my gallery. Additionally, I have an incredible selection of larger rugs at this time. 8 x 10's, 9 x 12's and even larger pieces! 

Give us a call if you would like more info! Don't forget, we do ship all over the US!

(yes, I am the UnderCoverRugLover)

Saturday, March 3, 2018

World Class Chiropractor in Sebastopol, California!

Not to change the subject but I had an excellent adjustment with my chiropractor yesterday and I felt compelled to give her a "shout out!". When someone is very, very good at what they do, I always love to share that fact.

Dr. Laura Barry, DC is simply the best!

As the owner of a rug gallery, I have been handling and lifting, sometimes, very heavy rugs for over 20 years and in the past had gone to a number of chiropractors. I have been going to Dr. Laura for over 8 years and honestly, as I sit here typing my back and neck feel wonderful so I wanted to share my good fortune!

She utilizes a number of very effecting modalities including K-Laser Therapy, massage, etc., always keeping up to date with her continuing education and ability to help her clients, plus she is highly likable. No, she did not ask me to write this!

Take a look at her site and seriously consider giving her a visit if you are in need of a world-class chiropractor to help get your physical health back on track. Links below!

                                      Holistic Chiropractic Care, K-Laser Therapy and more. 

Penny Krieger, owner
Paradise Oriental Rugs

Thursday, November 30, 2017

A Few New Arrivals at Paradise Oriental Rugs!

Here are a few recent arrivals at the gallery!

We currently have so many beautiful pieces in stock. Here are just a few! Plus, we do have a great selection of runners and smaller area rugs. Give us a call or come by soon and find a wonderful rug for your home or office!

Paradise Oriental Rugs, Inc.
117 No. Main St.
Sebastopol, CA
Paradise Oriental Rugs

This piece sold recently.