Saturday, March 30, 2013

Symmetry and Pattern: The Art of Oriental Carpets

The mathemeticians can explain what is happening -- and it is fascinating. But humble artisans make it reality from a talent written in our humanity.

"Oriental Carpets have long been appreciated for their beauty. That beauty is achieved through the choice of colors and designs, as well as by the manipulation of designs and colors to form pleasing patterns."

"Patterns in Oriental carpets are never quite what you expect - a surprise here, a flourish there, a change of color, the flip or rotation of a design where you might not predict it. The more you look, the more variations you will find. How can we explain this phenomenon? Is it the result of human choice, or human error?"

"The study of symmetry offers one approach to analyzing patterns in Oriental carpets. Through symmetry analysis we may identify areas of pattern that exhibit expected repetitions, and areas that vary from that expectation."

Persian Master Rug Makers: Seirafian (Beauty is Truth)

"If something is exceptionally well done it has embedded in its very existence the aim of lifting the common denominator rather than catering to it. " Edward Fischer

Mohammad Seirafian along with his father Haj Reza Seirafian is the founder of Seirafian Carpet. He is the greatest designer and producer of Persian Carpets in the twentieth century.
He is also a scholar and philanthropist. In a tremendous act of generosity, (and with zero support from any governments) he donated his greatest masterpiece to the United Nations to bring a message of peace and unity to the the world. This incredible masterpiece contains more than 1350 knots per every square inch and took 10 years to make! It is a testimony to the men and women of Iran, who put their hearts and souls into this beautiful work of art to express the humanity of the Iranian people to the rest of the world. Seirafian will go down in history as one of the greatest, most influential artists of our time.

Mohammad Seirafian's masterpiece, "Oneness of Mankind", in the UN Headquarters in New York. The 25 square meter (approx. 16'3" x 16'3") rug contains the famous verse from the 12 century Iranian poet, Sa'di Shirazi. The verses of the famous poem, "Oneness of Mankind" is woven into the rug  in pure gold.

Monday, March 18, 2013


A New Selection Offered Every Monday

Persian Kazvin (approx 12x18) $4,150.00 (origin: Iran)
[This is a used, "old" rug. It was purchased by the original owners in 1989 and was in their home until 2012. It is presently in storage. It is being sold by Brandon on consignment on behalf of our customer. Rug was washed prior to being placed in storage in 2012. But, price includes an additional complete rug wash prior to final installation.]

The rug offered on this page is specially priced for immediate sale for one of the following reasons:

1.) The rug is scheduled for return to its source and is offered here at a last chance price. 

2.) The rug belongs to a customer who is offering it here for consignment sale. These rugs are sold "as is", but the price includes complete professional cleaning (wash, deodorization, moth-proofing) prior to installation. 

N.B.: Prices posted here are for rug only and do not include padding, delivery/shipping, or applicable sales tax. Rugs may be purchased on an approval basis, but all sales final after forty-eight hours if not returned in original condition.

Questions? Contact Chris or Pam at Brandon Oriental Rugs/ Loom-And-Essence by phone at 215-794-2300. (Sorry, no back and forth via e-mail on these offers.)

If you have a hand-knotted rug in good condition that you want to offer for consignment sale via this page, please contact us. 

Friday, March 15, 2013

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

March Madness Special POWER LISTINGS Offer Thru March 31, 2013 at Brandon Oriental Rugs

$500 OFF ANY 9x12 Rug*
Purchased by March 31, 2013
(Must mention this "Power Listings" offer)
* [$300 OFF ANY 8x10; $700 OFF ANY 10x14 or Larger]

Rugs acquired through Brandon's
Rug-Search (tm) service are eligible for this offer.
Rug Padding and Free Delivery are included with purchase.

Exclusions: Prior sales; Rugs held pending installation;
Cannot be combined with other offers.