On this episode we visit the World Famous “Rug Room” with your host Michael Kourosh
The Rug Room is Michael’s private collection with fascinating rare, unique antique rugs.
Kazak rug from 1880’s
This rug was woven in the highlands (Caucasus Mountain) between Russia & Iran.At the time it was a part of Persia. It has rich blue and red dragons. Dragons are mythical animals almost in any culture.
They represent Lunar Calendar with the moon in the center and seven days of the week as 7 steps around it central star representing 7 days of the week.
It is in mint condition.
Kurdish Rug from 1870s/1880s
This magnificent Persian Kurdistan Rug is a very rare pieceof flat weave Kelim. Front and Back of it are the same.
It has Gol-e-Farangi design.
It is woven on a purple silk foundation and finest wool, natural dyes, and soft delicate cotton.
This rare classical piece of woven art has the nicest saturated colors and design.
Qashqai Rug from 1880s
This piece is from south/west Iran, woven in Turkish speaking tribes of Fars Province called Khamseh.
Khamseh is a sub-tribe of Qashqai.
It has writings with the date and name of the weaver.
It has a very complicated motives called Botteh (tear drop, mother and child).
It also has Guz (eyes) and S shaped designs, which are believed to be against evil eye.
Farahan Saruk Rug
Farahan is a city in west Iran. The weavers in this city are more detail oriented and have a fine workmanship.
It is very unusual rug with corners showing a house with doors and at the top there is a Tree of Life growing toward sky and perhaps toward the higher power.
It also is on a very rare ivory background natural color. They rarely use ivory on their rugs because it is woven to use in the bottom of their tents and darker colors were more practical. Most likely this very finely decorative piece has been woven as a gift and not intended to be used in a tent.