Saturday, June 25, 2016

Too Much Fun Working!

Was chatting with a neighbor the other day in the front yard as our dogs were engaged in
rapturous greetings and she mentioned she was looking for a rug for a small room adjacent to her kitchen. As she only lives a couple doors down the street I offered to bring a few rugs home for her to look over.

With rugs, less is not more, more is the best. I brought a number of pieces for her to try and we had a great time, all the while getting tons of attention and love from her wonderful puppy Coco.

Coco was found on the beach in Mexico where they have their second home, abandoned and left to fend for herself . Never in my life have I met such a sweet, loving dog, other than my companion dog Prince who is also a rescue.

My neighbor is pretty darn nice too! Here is the rug she selected and her beautiful puppy Coco!

Friday, June 3, 2016

The Little Rug That Could!

The smaller the rug, the more places one can find to use and enjoy it. A small piece can be hung on the wall, used on the side or at the end of a bed, in a bathroom, and yes, people use Oriental rugs in their bathrooms and many other locations in one's home.

Recently, I purchased a number of Persian rugs for my gallery and some of them spoke to me right away. Of course, before they were shipped I studied the photos from my wholesalers within an inch of their lives! My middle name is fussy and sometimes when I have numerous rugs shipped to the gallery I might return one or two pieces if just not right.

It's always very exciting to get new rugs in and with this recent shipment there was one piece I could not resist and so I did acquire a very small runner for my collection but there were many jewels I passed up.

One such piece is "The Little Rug That Could". At first glance I thought to myself, those are pretty colors. This piece is interesting. The next day I continued to look and then discovered tiny little doggies sneaking into the landscape from varied and whimsical spots. The third day I was almost mesmerized by the color combinations that were so perfectly harmonious that I had to step back and admire the perfection of how each of the colors within the drawing was so perfectly placed to compliment the color next to it!

The fourth day I started wondering if I might just take this little rug home but held back as I had been featuring the rug in the front window of my gallery and it was getting some attention. Last night I received an email of interest on this piece. Today, I shipped it out of state "on approval" as we do.

This little rug, with all these beautiful greens, blues and a great drawing had such heart.  If you were to try to envision an amazing small rug, I guarantee you, you would never have thought of this but the weavers did! Here and there, in the course of doing business, there appears a rug that never stops improving. This is one such piece.  As it was shipped out on "an approval" basis, if it comes back, it's mine!

This type of design is called a Landscape Gabbeh. They are finely woven like the very best Gabbehs (similar to Kahskuli quality) with plant-based dyes and hand spun wool. I wish I had more photos with close-ups but these two photos are all I have.

The Little Rug That Could!
 The Little Rug That Could has found it home! Just got the call so this piece has been sold.

Here are a few more of what I call jewels. These pieces are available as of this moment.
For me, this piece with the aubergine background has the most delicate Tree of Live drawing I have ever seen, I found to be quite spiritual. I see midnight stars at the base of the tree.

Another LOVELY landscape Gabbeh, this one also has luscious light and dark greens with mountains, trees and sky!

This runner is in the classic Cypress and Willow design with the Tree of Life taking center stage in a deeply saturated gorgeous blue. Superlative runner!

If you have any interest in these types of rugs, please visit my site and have a look.
Paradise Oriental Rugs, Inc. 

We are 55 miles north of San Francisco but we do ship all over the US on "an approval" basis.

The UnderCoverRugLover

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Gabbeh Rugs are Back! Persian Gabbehs in Beautiful Colors and Yes, Green!

I recently purchase a number of Gabbeh rugs being offered by Zollanvai, the respected producer of Southern Persian Tribal Rugs and Gabbehs for many years.

Here are a few of the new pieces now available at my shop, Paradise Oriental Rugs, Inc., in Sebastopol, CA.

Today I made a short video to share!
Video of Gabbeh rugs

Hope you enjoy! 

Monday, April 25, 2016

New Persian Rugs in Today and More Coming Soon!

Here is a peek. All these rugs arrived at my gallery today... a few of the first Persian rugs in the door since the recent termination of the Persian Rug Embargo that began in 2010.

All the below rugs were woven in Iran.These pieces are mostly Bijars and rugs from the Khamseh area of Iran in smaller sizes. The two runners below are under 7 feet in length.

ALL are woven with hand-spun wool and plant based dyes (vegetable dyes) by adult female weavers at home or in small village co-operatives. No child labor, skillfully woven.
New rugs, antique Persian tribal designs. These rugs will all be up on my site within a day or two.
Paradise Oriental Rugs, Inc., Sebastopol, CA

More to come soon!

The UnderCoverRugLover

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Before and After of My Garden!

What does the undercover rug lover do when she's not selling rugs? Getting as close to nature as possible. I decided to share my garden in the front yard of my house today. I bought my current home in Santa Rosa, California, a little over 4 years ago and it needed much. Step by step I have been moving forward working out the plants and flowers on a continuing basis. These first 10 photos of the yard are from last June when all the flowers were in bloom but the video was taken this morning.

As you will see in the video, many of the flowers have not yet blossomed but things are showing signs of life. This is a wonderful time of year as I really enjoy watching plants become green again and spending time out in the fresh air with my lovely dog Prince.

Yes, he is a rescue. He is six, in excellent health and one happy, sweet dog. He arrived in my life 4 years ago and I adore him! The good news is I have a large back yard with a very high fence and extremely durable Oriental rugs all over my floors. Hint, hint! Just having some fun....

If you scroll down to the bottom of this post there are three pictures of my front yard at the beginning of 2012 when I first purchased this house.

If you watch the video, listen to all the birds singing. Many of them find refuge in the huge oak tree right next door. Such lovely sounds to be greeted with each morning!  
Video of my garden coming to life at the start of Spring!

As you can see I really enjoy color!

 These photos were taken this morning. Their flowers will be here soon.
                                      This must be the world's smallest flower.

This is exactly what my yard looked like when I started.

 This is the area outside of my front yard on the left side of my driveway that is now is filled with ferns.
And now...

 One side of my front porch.
 By my driveway.

Hope you enjoyed my photos.

The Under Cover Rug Lover

Friday, March 11, 2016

More New Rugs in...Afghan Rugs in Persian Tribal Designs.

I'll keep it simple. Here is a short video of some of my newest aquisitions all from Afghanistan.
Video of Afghan rugs in Persian tribal designs.
Here's a clue: ) The first three photos here are of a small piece in a Qashqai design.

This last rug is a Kurdish design with Cypress trees, Weeping Willows and the Tree of Life.

If you would like to see more of my rugs, here is  my gallery.
Oriental Rug Gallery

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Afghan Rugs in Tribal Designs!

I love to buy rugs! Here are a few of my recent purchases, all of which were woven in Afghanistan. The first few rugs are Heriz designs, including the runner.

All of these are available for purchase.
This first beautiful Heriz is a 10 x 13. You can find it in gallery one on my site. This rug is filled with color! All created with plant based dyes and hand spun wool, as are the others. The large Heriz rug is featured at the end of this short video of Afghan rugs.

Paradise Oriental Rugs Gallery

This navy Heriz is in an unusual size being almost square. Close to a 6 x 6...

This lovely runner is about 9 ft. Close up below.

And this ivory Heriz rug is about 5 x 7. 

The UnderCoverRugLover

Sunday, January 17, 2016

The Persian Rug Embargo is Over! Iranian Sanctions Lifted! Persian Rug Lover's Celebrate!

Today is January 17, 2016.

Yesterday I received an email from one of my best wholesalers of Persian tribal rugs with this news. The Persian rug embargo is lifted, over, done, no longer in effect!  Here's the LINK! 

Prior to this most recent embargo I specialized in Persian rugs (tribal rugs from Southern Iran) and rugs from Afghanistan in tribal designs. The current embargo went into effect in 2010. Prior to the deadline, I purchased as many high quality Persian rugs as I could afford for my gallery. I still have a number of pieces which I consider extraordinary but it will only get better from here.

It will take a while for the first shipments to arrive as rugs being imported normally travel in containers by ship so do not expect new inventory tomorrow in the rug stores but in the next few months we will see a trickle and then more and more as time moves forward.

It's an exciting time for Oriental Rug merchants that love to sell these types of rugs and I will purchase whatever I can within the parameters of my finances and what I find to be representative of the best and most beautiful craftsmanship. I should probably say craftswoman-ship, as all of the Persian weavers that are creating the rugs that I purchase are adult women weaving in their homes or in a small village cooperative. They have my respect, for sure. The patience and care that is so evident in a beautiful rug, never fails to amaze me.  

If you are unfamiliar with tribal rugs, originally, these were the rugs woven by nomads and pastoral weavers such as the Qashqai, the Backhtiari, Khamseh, Lori and Kurdish weavers. Differing drastically from rugs that have been woven in city workshops such as Tabriz or Isfahan.

The tribal weavers have their own design repertoire, most being taught by their mothers from a young age. First they may learn how to weave a leaf, a bird, a border design and so forth. Sometimes they may refer to a picture as they weave but that's about the extent of the predetermined look of the rug. After they learn the basic designs of their tribal heritage, they then have the freedom to create any combinations of these elements into a fascinating whole. Weaving is a beautiful art form with endless possibilities, which makes my job never boring and always fascinating. The weavers have the freedom to improvise, move this or that design element or lovingly insert an intentional mistake with reverence to a higher power which is the only entity with the ability and gift to create perfection. 

In my article How to Buy and Oriental Rug, I go into the differences of the basic two types of rugs and of course, there are always those rugs that fall somewhere in the middle.

If you are considering purchasing a genuine Persian rug (woven in Iran) in the near or distant future, as stated, there are some amazing and beautiful Persian rugs here in the US today but if you do not find the piece that makes your heart sing, your choices will only improve from today forward. 

Caveat: Sometimes a rug is available and the price is fair for what it is and there will never be another one exactly like it. If you find such a piece, I wholeheartedly recommend you to buy it! 

If you would like to see a few of my rugs, here you are:

Penny Krieger, owner

Monday, January 11, 2016

Antique Rugs and Oriental Rug Restoration

I recently came across a beautiful, very old rug for sale and bought it promptly. It was not perfect but if you're almost 100 years old, how perfect are you? Perfectly imperfect with experience, heart, understanding and a certain beauty of just being who you are.

For a rug, a beautiful antique patina and an essence of all the life that has passed before it illuminated by the glorious colors of dyes made the old fashioned way in a beautiful drawing. As you may have guessed, I have a passion for hand woven rugs.

My new acquisition was a 11 x 14 Persian tribal rug, know in the trade as a Bakhtiari. The Bakhtiari weavers are very respected and have their own colorways which I find pleasing. They are most famous for the garden design but many of their antique rugs have earlier renditions that one would not necessarily recognize and other medallion designs such as the one I purchased.

I will share some before and after photos and also a couple of videos.

The problems:

Two small tears in the body of the rug and one edge that needed securing.

The below photo depicts the selvage (edge of the rug) which was detached.
                                            Separated selvege:
Here is a video of my trusted restorations expert...doing what she does:

Video of the restoration, repairing the slits.

This rug is now fully repaired and good to go!

Here is a video of the rug after these minor restorations.
11 x 14 Persian Bakhtiari with Beautiful Jewel Tones. 

Hope you enjoyed!
This wonderful 11 x 14 Bakhtiari rug is available. Price on request, questions welcome.
Give us a call: 707-823-3355

Penny Krieger, owner
Paradise Oriental Rugs, Inc.
Sebastopol, CA