Saturday, August 20, 2016

Tree of Life Oriental Rugs in Living Color

Just did a new video of some of the Tree of Life rugs at my gallery. All of the pieces in the video are currently available. Tree of Life Oriental Rug Video 

Here are a few I have recently sold:

Here is my site, if you would like to see more: Paradise Oriental Rugs, Inc. 

Friday, August 5, 2016

German Sherpherd Dog Report!

What does a rug dealer do when not selling rugs? Well, I cannot speak for anyone else but I enjoy cooking, swimming, visiting with friends, working in my garden, reading, watching a good movie and my beautiful dogs, first and foremost.

This is Prince.

He a rescue from the local pound and has graced my life for the last 4 plus years. He's a big boy and excellent companion dog and full of love. He lights up my life BUT he is a dog-loving dog and so I decided the time had come to find him a friend to join us in our home life. It was quite the search but here is the result.

This is our new family member taking a nap. His name is Draco which means dragon in Latin. After one month he now has free reign of my home, is not chewing on my personal rug collection, totally housebroken, has learned to walk on a leash and is an A plus student. Adorable personality and both Prince and I are smitten!

Sorry if you noticed the old Turkoman rug they are sitting on needs a vacuum, I am busy with the puppy, the shop, the website, my kitchen and life. Just wanted to share.

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 their homes.

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 dogs 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 the other colors you see below, had a great drawing.  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