Friday, June 27, 2014

Oriental Rug Sale, on Now! Summer Rug Sale!

Paradise Oriental Rugs in Sebastopol, CA, is currently offering 20% off all inventory!
http://www.paradiseorientalrugs.com/

Here are some of our beautiful rugs that are currently in stock! We do ship all over the US!
Questions welcome. All prices on request. 707-823-3355

Paradise Oriental Rugs, Inc.
137 No. Main St.
Sebastopol, CA 95472
Owner, Penny Krieger      
                                                              14 ft. Heriz runner

                                            Fantastic Garrus Bijar, approximately 5 x 8

8 x 11 Persian Khamseh tribal rug in beautiful jewel tones.

                                            6 x 8 Persian Bijar

Finely woven Afghan rug in an antique Tabriz design.

To see more, have a look at our gallery pages.

Thanks for looking:) Penny



Friday, June 20, 2014

New Oriental Rug Article! What I Have Learned About Oriental Rugs.

Here is a quick preview.

In 1990, I knew virtually nothing about Oriental rugs. Fast forward to 2014, I have been a retailer with a gallery for over 15 years. I started late but dove into this business with much enthusiasm. I own more books on Oriental rugs than anyone I have ever met and will continue to expand my library on the subject at every available opportunity.  Do I read them all cover to cover? No. I look up exactly what I need to know and move on. To read more, here is the rest of the article. What I Have Learned About Oriental Rugs. 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Where to Buy Oriental Rugs! An Insider's View

Where shall I start? For those with some knowledge, much enthusiasm and interest in adding to your rug collection I have put together a small list of potential venues for finding a nice handmade rug at an affordable price. For the highly educated rug collectors, you already know all these possible resources. My first recommendation is to purchase a rug from a reputable Oriental rug store. With that being said, here are some additional opportunities for a potential purchase if luck finds you.

I will start by stating that ninety-eight percent of the rugs at my gallery have been purchased from wholesalers I have been doing business with for years. This leaves the two percent.  OK, here we go.

I have always said, you can buy a rug anywhere.  Possibly you're at a friends house for dinner and they mention that they are moving to a smaller home and have a number of rugs for sale. You inquire and find out that these particular pieces are being offered at very affordable prices and there is one that really talks to you. This is a great opportunity so take advantage of it.

As my title in this article promised, where does one look for a good deal on a hand woven rug?
This is where the dealers look, when they have the time.

Flea markets
Antique stores
Second hand stores
Consignment furniture stores
Newspaper ads
Online advertising, such as Craigslist
Local Hospice thrift shops
Word of mouth.
Storage facilities, where rugs are indicated in the promotion of the sale.

When you are looking for a very specific rug I recommend Google Images.

I did another blog post on what makes a rug valuable and also give more details on my FAQS page. Keep in mind an antique rug should be close to 100 years old. Age, condition and rarity all affect value.

Since the inception of the Dobag project  in Turkey, beautiful new rugs in old designs have been produced using good dyes (vegetable dyes) and hand-spun wool in Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Egypt, Romania, and other countries for the last 15 years.  As Emmett Eiland so succinctly stated in his book "Oriental Rugs Today" there is currently a renaissance in the production of new rugs being created with time honored techniques, dyes and wool.

If you are interested in a beautiful new handmade rug woven with vegetable dyes and great quality wool have a look at my gallery as this is what I sell. If you are not quite there yet, hopefully the information in this article will be of assistance.

The UnderCoverRugLover



















Thursday, May 29, 2014

Afghan Tribal Rug!

I like this rug. It just came in today and I was not able to upload it to my site earlier, so here it is. The exact size is 7'10" x 10' 7". Woven in Afghanistan with hand spun wool and good quality vegetable dyes, the colors on this piece are exquisite! Have a look. Not for everyone as there is quite a bit going on but this one definitely commands attention. Some of these design elements are fascinating but the colors give this rug it's magic. Medallions and tulips abound as well as protection from the evil eye. This design is taken from an antique Karaja rug.  To see additional rugs from Afghanistan,  have a look at my gallery pages on my web site. Paradise Oriental Rugs, in Sebastopol, CA
   

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Are Oriental Rugs Negotiable?

First of all, lets take a look at the definition of the word negotiable. Straight from Google: "open to discussion or modification".  Actually almost anything is negotiable if one thinks about it.  Will all rug dealers negotiate?
The answer is no.  If there is a sign on the wall that say, "All rug prices are firm. We do not negotiate!" I think that statement is pretty clear.

Here are some factors that may influence a dealer's willingness to negotiate or hold firm to the indicated price on the tag.

Is this rug irreplaceable?
Is the rug store or gallery currently offering a special or sale?
How has their business been going recently?
How is the economy doing?  How is the real estate market doing?

How popular is that particular rug type or that specific rug?
On some rugs but not all, how long has a piece been in one's inventory?  This point is debatable as sometimes a rug is extraordinary but it's in the wrong size for all those that have shown interest in it.

Additional questions that could influence a dealer's willingness to work with the person in front them are:

How many rugs has this client purchased?
How many rugs is the client purchasing today?
Is the client paying with a credit card or a check? Guess which one most dealers prefer? :)
Has this client referred others?

Does the client want to take the rugs on approval (which is fine and always expected) or for someone with more rug buying experience, are they ready and willing to make a straight out purchase?

There is no harm in asking a merchant, "Do you have any rugs you're willing to make a deal on?" Here and there, you may be pleasantly surprised as everyone has different tastes and an unusual rug that did not "fly out the door" just might be to your liking.  

Hopefully this information will be of use.
If you are considering a purchase, come see me or give me a call. Contact info for my gallery is on the front page of my site.
Paradise Oriental Rugs

The UnderCoverRugLover 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Persian Rugs for Sale! Tribal Rugs and Gabbeh Rugs Still Available!

Yes, we are offering 15% off your first purchase I still have many beautiful Persian rugs for sale.  It will be 4 years since the inception of the Persian rug embargo.  Here are a few exquisite pieces from my shop that I consider the best of the best.  Have a look. We are in Sebastopol, CA, about an hour north of San Francisco but do ship all over the US. If you have any interest and would like some prices, give us a call: 707-823-3355  Penny Krieger, aka the undercoverruglover
Paradise Oriental Rugs web site. 

                                             4 x 10 gallery size Persian Lori runner

Persian Bijar, 10 x 14
Tree of Life design with Cypress and Willow

                                             5'1" x 6'4" Persian Khamseh

                                             5 x 8 Bijar, Garrus design

To view my complete collection I invite you to the gallery pages of my site featuring many Persian rugs.



Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Paradise Oriental Rugs Now Offering 15% off Your First Purchase!

My gallery, Paradise Oriental Rugs, is currently offering 15% off your first purchase. Located in the Bay Area we are exactly 55 miles north of San Francisco in small town of Sebastopol.
This 15% off is applicable to one or many pieces as long as purchased simultaneously.

Although the Persian rug embargo has been in effect for over 3 years, we still have a number of gorgeous Persian rugs in stock including one-of-a kind vegetable dyed Bijars and other respected tribal rugs such as Qashqai, Luri, Khamseh and genuine Gabbehs from Southern Iran. Additionally we carry handmade rugs from Afghanistan, ranging in design types from Turkoman to Heriz and a good selection of runners. To see all of our current inventory, have a look at our online Rug Gallery. Questions always welcome so give us a call and if you would like a price on something or have any questions. 707-823-3355

We have numerous videos on You Tube which give more detailed information on each piece featured.
For those of you that would like to learn a few basics about rugs, here is a link to our articles page featuring a number of articles about Oriental Rugs.

We sell all our rugs on "an approval" basis and that includes rugs we ship out of state. For more details, here is our FAQs page. and here is our testimonials page. 

Penny Krieger, owner
Paradise Oriental Rugs, Inc.




Thursday, January 23, 2014

Let's have a glass of water....

A worthwhile goal.  We take so much for granted.
Water to drink, hygienic facilities.

http://water.org/

http://www.paradiseorientalrugs.com/

My gallery is a small business but donated last year to help those less fortunate to water.org.
Hope to do more this year.

Also, support:
http://www.treesforthefuture.org/ourstory/

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Oriental Rug Videos!

Here are a few recent videos from my You Tube channel.  The first one was made yesterday and shows a few Bijars in detail as well as other Persian tribal rugs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M69EpI-b66k&feature=c4-overview&list=UUPlF_U7LzWgPKUimk_SycHg

This video is of a gorgeous red 8 x 10 Persian Gabbeh that I recently added to my collection. Originally woven in 2000, this piece is in perfect condition and signed by the weaver.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBVqxjaHUbw&feature=c4-overview&list=UUPlF_U7LzWgPKUimk_SycHg

And last but not least, another new addition to my inventory. This 8 x 10 is from Afghanistan and has beautiful jewels tones and a unique design.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Mqe0FwPbcM&feature=c4-overview&list=UUPlF_U7LzWgPKUimk_SycHg