Oriental rugs are flying sparks and glowing embers from the forge and the anvil that is Asia. Whoever would know them must sit beside the ancient hearth and see the blacksmith forge, the lives of weavers. For out of the lives of weavers, who are in Asia the vast multitudes of many peoples, comes the spirit of life in rugs, which is their high distinction and just claim upon attention. – Arthur Urbane Dilley in ORIENTAL RUGS AND CARPETS (1931)
It is surely the spirit of life in rugs which captivates us, communicates with us, soothes or enlivens us, calms, inspires, nourishes and satisfies us. For this reason we have, since 1991, been exploring carpets, rugs, kilims and bringing them to you.
We live in the Middle East and it is an honor to search and to find, one by one, the carpets and kilims which you see here.
The carpets we sell bring with them their stories, the spirit of the lives of the weavers and the lives of those who used the rugs and sold them, bought them again and moved them, from desert to mudbrick village, to palatial rooms in ornate Damascene houses with multiple courtyards, to modern apartments in highrise suburbs. It is fair to say these carpets are full of life.
Our backgrounds assist us in choosing the carpets and rugs from experience and from the bone for between us we are native to the heart of the Middle East and of the weavers tribe. Experience as a weaver of fabric, beginning in 1978, laid the groundwork for understanding the complexity and the intricacy of carpets, looms and fibers, techniques and designs. It is an ongoing study.
However, choosing a carpet is also a matter of falling in love with beauty and we recommend that you ultimately judge which one is a “good one” and the right one for you by feeling, by which one makes you say ahhhhh. Choose the carpet or kilim which captivates you, communicates with you, soothes or enlivens you, calms, inspires, nourishes and satisfies you.
We will be happy to help you by showing you these “flying sparks and glowing embers”. Enjoy them. They are food for the soul.