Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Room-size Persian Rugs (Additions)

Fine Persian Baktiary (Iran) 13'4" X 9'10"





Detail of Above

Fine Persian Varamin Rug (Old) (Iran) 12'10" X 9'9"












Detail of Above

Fine Persian Moud Rug 13'3"X 9'7"




Fine Persian Yalameh Rug (Iran)  13'8" X 9'11"


 
Fine Persian Sarouk Rug (Iran) 13'9"" X 9'1"

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Peculiar Times: Iranian Rug Embargo Redux

Recently, the US Congress approved and President Obama signed into law an act imposing a trade embargo on Iranian products, including hand-knotted rugs, and other woven textiles.

No rugs of Iranian manufacture may be brought into the United States while this act is effective (contingency based upon Iranian observance of UN directives regarding its atomic energy programs.)


The impact of this restriction on trade will -- if the history of the embargo of 1984-1999 is exemplary -- be significant, and noticeable within a short time. Prices will be non-negotiable (or less easily negotiated), and will increase two to four times from present levels over the next six to eighteen months. Variables controlling the price picture will be perception of change in the diplomatic standoff (not positive at present) and level of demand for Persian rugs (already increasing due to reduced supply from other rug-producing nations.)


One other challenge for rug-buyers (from the example of the prior embargo) will be an unfortunate inclination on the part of some suppliers to misrepresent the provenance of particular rugs (especially regarding age) for the sake of inflating prices.  Last go round, I can't count how many times I was told by suppliers that brand-new looking rugs were in fact forty to seventy-five years old (and worth immeasurably more as a result.) (This is kinda like tagging a rug at a price ten times higher than its actual sale price, but in this case you don't get the sale price.)

"Strange days, indeed."

SURVIVAL MATTERS

We recently cleaned the rug featured in the ad below for our customer, and heard her relate the story of her neighbor's purchase from some other rug dealer of what turned out to be a low quality rug which has since been placed in the trash.













When you're making a significant purchase of fine furnishings for your home, your expectation is that the acquisition(s) will possess qualities of durability and permanence. Ability to survive day-to-day use in your home really does matter. And the expectation can and will be realized when you make quality decisions.
Avoid impulse purchases motivated by perceptions (often misled) of massive savings at some "SALE" event. Buy what you really want when you're comfortable; not in response to high-pressure, limited-time offer, now-or-never "SALE" tactics.

"Good things are seldom cheap, and cheap things are seldom good."  "Too good to be true seldom is."

REAL savings are realized when you take the time to do comparative studies based on quality (choosing the quality your specific need and taste requires), then finding and paying the best price in the market for that quality.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

CURRENT AD RUG SALE REALITY

Our ad, "Symbolic Logic", is just another way of saying what we've been saying for over fifteen years.
It doesn't take a "sale" event to get the best price on REAL handmade rugs.
It really is as good as you can find it anytime with Brandon's "Quality Pricing".
Stop waiting for a "SALE" and settling for what you can find "ON SALE".
Get the best possible savings everyday and get exactly what you want with Brandon's service.