Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Oriental Rugs and Rugged Individualism: The World at Your Feet Is An Expression of You

If you are comfortable without it, the rule-book has been tossed.

You decide where the definition is needed and what meaning is intended.

Derring-do: try it; if it looks great, who will question your boldness?

The hunger for real oriental rugs, like any appetite, can't be satisfied with one taste once the craving for a feast takes hold.

A real hand-knotted oriental rug is always ready to serve as base camp for exotic adventures at home.

The aspiration for and recognition of QUALITY is built into you; and can be found from the rug under your feet all the way up to the thoughts dreamt in your mind.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Retail Therapy: Three Indian Rugs For Secretary of State John Kerry on Recent Diplomatic Mission


Less than a week after leaving the Middle East without securing a cease-fire, John Kerry indulged in a little retail therapy while on an official visit to India. The Secretary of State purchased three rugs while touring a market in New Delhi ahead of trade talks.

Kerry ...was guided through the first floor of the Central Cottage Industries Emporium where goods on sale included sandalwood carvings, miniature rice art and painted marble. On the second floor he found a rug store whose proprietor showed him silk rugs as well as wool. After much admiration of several different items, Kerry opted to purchase three dhurrie rugs including one from the Kashmir region. The Secretary of State arrived India, hopeful of persuading leaders there to sign a World Trade Organization deal that would liberalize global commerce.

[Comment: Over the last twenty years much has been made (and rightly so) of the issue of child labor in the production of oriental rugs. Much has been done by cooperative efforts of the rug producing nations, rug manufacturers, and humanitarian organizations to correct the problem wherever it is found in the industry. 
The fact that the Secretary of State of the United States of America was able to make a public display of the purchase of several rugs during his diplomatic mission demonstrates that measures taken have been successful, and trade in rugs can be conducted in good conscience.] 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Knowledge is Power; and the Value of Decorating with Real Oriental Rugs Is Something You Will Be Glad You Know

Knowledge is power.

If you didn't know better, you might just cover 
your floor with plain ol' broadloom carpet.
If you didn't know better, you might just cover 
your floor with plain ol' broadloom carpet.
If you didn't know better, you might just cover 
your floor with plain ol' broadloom carpet.
If you didn't know better, you might just cover 
your floor with plain ol' broadloom carpet.
Now you know better.

A Little Spent on a Well Chosen Oriental Rug Can Save You a Lot on the Remaining Furnishings for Your Home

And a quality oriental rug -- built to endure -- will not just help you save on the decorating you are doing now, but also on the redecorating you'll do once, twice maybe three times in the future.

Remember the oriental rug and you can forget about a lot of the other "stuff"
you thought you'd need to complete your room.

Bare necessities can cover it all; and it doesn't necessarily take a lot to accomplish much. This is especially so if an oriental rug is on your short list of must-have room furnishings.

Rugs with bold patterning (especially geometric styles) or with rich, multi-hued palettes are so natural at commanding their space that bringing much else into the picture is actually counterproductive in diluting their impact. 

If the presence of a suitable oriental rug makes it possible for a room to declare that it is complete, additional spending to supplement the fait accompli is wasteful.

Even rugs that are simply patterned or that have subtle palettes make big impressions that fill their rooms and impart a sense of completeness that does not invite or require a lot of additional accessorizing.  

With over fifty years of combined experience in the use of fine quality area rugs (especially real, hand-knotted oriental rugs) in interior design, the partners at Brandon Oriental Rugs ( are well skilled at: 
  • helping you to spend less for the quality rugs you want; and to get better quality rugs for what you want to spend.
  • helping you find outstanding rugs to establish, advance and complete your design projects with services that will save you time, effort, and cost.
  • helping you solve the puzzle of your decorating challenges with just the right rug to make all of the other furniture pieces you've assembled fit together perfectly.

[Brandon Oriental Rugs serves the Greater Philadelphia metropolitan area including all surrounding counties in southeast Pennsylvania (Bucks, Montgomery, Chester, Delaware, Berks); the Lehigh Valley (including Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton); Central and South Jersey (including Haddonfield, Cherry Hill, Morrestown, Princeton, Hopewell, Pennington, Flemington, Frenchtown, Basking Ridge and Burlington County, Camden County, Gloucester County, and all of the Jersey Shore communities.]

[photos used here are repinned from Pinterest. Links to original sites can be found on Brandon Oriental Rugs Pinterest page "Designing With Rugs"]

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

History of the Hajji Baba Club | The Passion of a Few Sparks a National Desire to Possess Oriental Rugs

History of the Hajji Baba Club

Undeniably, cultural tastes for entire societies are established and influenced by taste-makers. The examples set by the style choices of the rich and famous become models for imitation by aspirants to "the good life".

In a society such as that of the United States where members of a thriving middle class enjoy immense, widely distributed wealth, the opportunities to realize the lifestyle standards set by elites help those standards to pervade the culture broadly. Luxury automobiles are parked in the alleyways of city neighborhoods; workers, who punch the time-clock for their hourly wage, vacation on the Riviera; and residents of tract housing decorate their homes with exquisitely refined objects.

The links at the top of the page show how the acquisition and display of fine handmade rugs (a perquisite of privileged life relished by the founding members of an exclusive club in New York City) when once seen and appreciated as status symbols by society-at-large was emulated by the broader culture. Evidence of the desirability of oriental rugs as a necessary backdrop to elegant living can be seen in movies, TV shows, advertisements, and perhaps your own home. 

The widespread use of excellent oriental rugs in homes everywhere and the establishment of many personal collections has not diminished them as symbols of status, or made their use and display common or vulgar. Far from it. Rather, the passion of exceptional individuals for the intricate beauties of exotic rugs found outlet and expression in the enduring club they established to share that passion; and, in turn, set a standard for all to follow and enjoy.

[Many rug societies and clubs have been established in major metropolitan areas around the United States. Links to some can be found on the Hajji Baba Club's LINK page.]