Friday, November 16, 2018

Happy New Year to One and All! May 2019 be Your Best Year Ever!

My gallery is packed full with beautiful rugs so if you have been thinking about a purchase this is a great time. Honestly, I have a wonderful selection of all sizes including runners and a few choice antique pieces! If you're out of state, we ship all rugs on "an approval" basis. Give us a call. We are friendly. All prices on request! 707-823-3355

Here are a few beautiful rugs to tempt you that are currently available!

Penny Krieger, owner

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

Thursday, November 8, 2018

A Few of my Favorite Photos From my Rug Gallery!

Over the years I have taken a number of photos at my gallery.

Here are a few I have decided to share.

This was taken when I first opened my current location in Sebastopol, CA in 2006. I hired a very talented belly dancer and she performed at my grand opening.

This photo with the camel was taken a few years later. Short story, one day I went to work and there was an incredibly friendly camel parked out in from of my gallery! Enjoyed! 

Client's daughter getting very comfortable with the rugs. It was close to Haloween and she was wearing her "Princess" outfit. 

This is a photo I took of a lovely young gal that worked for me, possibly it was 2007, for just a few months. As all can see, she is very pretty and looked wonderful with the backdrop of a Turkish rug. 

One of my favorite photos. Three young girls climbing around my rug store like monkeys, jumping here and there and having a good ole time! Dad kept telling them to "get down" but I said, all OK!

My lovely niece getting into the details of a rug! 
                                Again, my niece, enjoying a rug that she really liked!
                                   Same niece, same rug! It is now her rug, of course.

A wonderful photo sent to me by a client that features three pieces she purchased at my gallery. 

          An amazing silk rug, I sold a number of years ago. I still have never found another like it! 

My two lovely dogs Prince and Draco, when Draco was just a puppy. The rug they are sitting on is an older Turkoman piece in my collection.

This photo was taken at a client's home in Occidental, CA. One of the rugs he purchased for his fantastic home! 
The below rug was a vintage Kurdish piece, same client.

This photo was taken in Petaluma at a client's beautifully restored, craftsman home. The rug featured below is a Heriz, woven in Afghanistan. Of course, from my gallery! 
Another piece purchased for the upstairs gallery. New rug in an antique Qashqai design.
This rug in her dining room is also a Heriz design but with no central medallion. This type of design is called "an overall" design. 

If you would like to follow my Instagram page, here is the link. We often post, featuring different rugs available at my shop. 

Friday, November 2, 2018

Oriental Rug Videos! By Penny Krieger, owner of Paradise Oriental Rugs.

I recently filmed a couple videos of the Bijar rugs available at my gallery.
Here is the first one!

                                Video of Bijar Rugs

Here is the second one! This piece arrived just recently!
Video of a Beautiful Bijar rug in the Tree of Life Design.


To see more of my rugs, here is a link to our gallery in Sebastopol CA. We have many beautiful vegetable dyed rugs in tribal and antique designs as well as a few gorgeous Gabbeh rugs.
All prices on request.

The UnderCoverRugLover!

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.