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Congratulations to Michael Mussallem on opening Mussallem Area Rug Specialist in Jacksonville Florida. A new business but the Mussallem has been in Oriental Rugs in Jacksonville since the 1890. Most in the area will remember his father Charles "Charlie" Mussallem III and his grandfather Charles "Johnny" Mussallem II
Can a Persian Rug be Fine Art? This was one of the more interesting questions that I have received lately.
Small town service in the big city - Interlink Supply.
Doug Moerschbacher is my choice for Oriental and Area Rug Cleaning in the North Central Pa State College, Bellefonte, Centre, Clinton Lycoming and Union counties and of course my home in Williamsport. DougsRugSpa.com
Barry O'Connell is now providing Oriental Rug Appraisals in 14 states and the District of Columbia. Call Barry at 570-447-4395 to arrange for an Associate in your area to begin the process.
After many years I got an email from my wife telling me I was missing some guides. So here is the first of the new batch and I will be posting a number of others. Actually 6 more unless she adds to my list. Most husbands get chores to do, I get rug guides to write: Antique Mongolian Rugs
to George Bell
all the people in the field of Oriental Rug Studies perhaps the most
controversial is Jack Cassin, who in the late 1980's wrote and
published 4 noteworthy books on historic carpets.
In 1997 Jack also founded the Weaving Art Museum, a nonprofit art
organization dedicated to raising public awareness for masterpiece
historic Near Eastern weavings. The Weaving Art Museum website has been
online since 1998 and hosts a number of exhibitions where many
unpublished, early rugs and textiles as well as original, innovative
commentaries authored by Jack can be found... MORE...
Wertime is an old and dear friend and one of the most important authors
on Oriental Rugs. Now John has a new book out that I urge you to order.
Had my mother’s best friend not seduced me that night as I read my high school text in her den, there would be no story to tell. Despite my initial shock and confusion, we quickly became lovers. A web of entangled emotions and deceptions promoted and protected our relationship. My tale illuminates many facets of American life from the late 1940s to the early ‘60s. It also raises challenging questions about love, sex, responsibility, and the human condition.
Ningxia rugs were a complete surprise to me. I never expected to find a secret Persian minority in China who are the major ethnic group in the Ningxia Hui Province. Over time I hope to expand this subject more fully.
I just revised my article.
What is a Persian Rug?
My old friend Afshin Nejad has a new rug sales site www.oldcarpet.org/ What strikes me as odd is that he says on his site:
We ONLY sell Real Persian Rugs
The last line is the essence of the controversy. Purists agree that Persian Rugs are made in Iran. But more frequently I am hearing friends refer to Persian Rugs from other countries. I posted this for discussion at www.orientalrugtalk.com/forums/ What do you think?
|A recent look at a splendid Kuba Blossom rug.|
|I visited Richard Rothstein & Co. Oriental Rugs in Mt Laurel New Jersey one of the Philadelphia area's great rug stores.|
In my life time I have have many friends but outside of family there are few I truly loved. Harold Keshishian was one of the few I loved like family. Harold died yesterday July 23, 2010 and it is like losing my father all over again. .
Harold was born in London England in 1929 to Mark and Margaret Develetian Keshishian. Mark Keshishian was a great hero, entrepreneur and freedom fighter who waged a one man effort to rescue the family from the Armenian massacres in Turkey after the Great War. I researched Mark when I helped Harold build the www.Hadjin.com website. It was always a little frustrating that Harold took a very humble approach to his father's story when I thought it was more like an adventure movie plot.
When Harold was two his family moved to New York State to handle some investments which had suffered in the spreading depression. Father Mark pulled things together and relocated to Washington DC where he built DC's premier Oriental Rug store as well as a very successful commercial laundry. The infield of the stadium where the Washington Nationals play is on the site of the commercial laundry.
The family lived a comfortable existence in Washington and all three Keshishian children graduated from University. John the eldest went on to medical school and is today a prominent surgeon. James went to college in Cincinnati graduating from George Washington Univ and Harold graduated from Colorado School of Mines an engineering university located in Golden, Colorado.
Harold once told me he didn't make his money selling, but rather he made his money buying. He developed the knack of investing his money by his great knowledge and foresight. I remember one auction when a lot of Chinese rank badges shot far past the high estimate. Others at the sale were stunned that Harold would bid so much for the badges but what only the underbidder and Harold knew was that they were not Chinese at all but rather the far more rare Korean rank Badges. Whether is was real estate, carpets, or objects d'art Harold had the deep knowledge to make successful acquisitions.
Harold's real love was family. Harold made no secret of the great love he had for his wife Melissa. But more than just love he also respected her as his better in some areas. Harold used to tell me that he bought their farm in Poolesville for the land and how surprised he was that Melissa turned it into a successful business. Harold loved his children very much. I never met his eldest daughter by his first marriage but as a proud father he used to tell me about her latest doings. The younger three Kurt, Christopher, and Jocelyn were a great treasure to Harold particularly over the last several years as he battled cancer. He seemed to draw strength from Melissa and the children as he fought the good fight.
Today when Harold's nephew Mark called me he commented, "who is going to yell at us now'. That is very much the crux of the matter. Harold over the years said things to me that no one else would say but he said them in love and kindness.
Now as I dry my tears and finish this note I am going to light my best cigar and sit in the sun and remember my friend Harold...
|New Sarouk Rug
A newer Sarouk Carpet with a directional floral spray pattern from Herat Oriental by Barry O'Connell of www.OrientalRugTalk.com
Recently I have begun to focus more on the classic rug litterateur. So I decided to share some of the old sources that I think are worth reading. I am finding some surprising insights.
|Sotheby's Fall Carpet Sale New York
Session 1: Wed, 16 Dec 09, 10:00 AM, Lots 1 - 222
My New Guide to the Turkish Kilim after all these years I have finally gotten around to the Anatolian Kilims. It is a work in progress and I will have some major new advances soon.
Sotheby's London: Arts of the Islamic World
Sale: L09723 BROWSE NEW E-CATALOGUE
Wed, Oct. 7 2009
There are some splendid pieces in this sale from Qurans, arms, porcelain and carpets but to me the most interesting is Lot 276, A SAFAVID SILK, WOOL AND METAL-THREAD PRAYER RUG, ISFAHAN, CENTRAL PERSIA, 80,000-120,000 GBP. The rug, the inscription, the provenance, and the c-14 data make it one of the most important rugs I have ever seen.
|Alberto Levi and Textile Museum President Bruce Baganz by noted photographer Philip Shalam|
Lately I have been drawn to Mamluk and related art. I added a few pages to my notes. Guide to Mamluk Art - Mamluk Sword in the style of the Blessed Sword of the Prophet Mohammed - Mamluk Fountain 15th Century - Mamluk Knee-Guard of the Eirene Arsenal - Mamluk Gilded and Enameled Finger Bowl ex Rothschild - Mamluk Pottery Albarello Damascus Syria Early 15th - Mamluk blue and white Armorial Albarello Damascus Early 15th - Mamluk blue and white Armorial Albarello Damascus Syria Early 15th - Mamluk Raqqa Pottery Jar Ayyubid Syria Early 15th - Mamluk Art: The Minbar of the Karkuk Mosque, Cairo - Egyptian and Syrian Tile in the University Museum Philadelphia - A Rare Syria or Mamluk Egypt ivory inlaid micro mosaic decorated games board - Mamluk Egypt or Ayyubid Syria Purple Marvered Glass 12th-13th C. LOT 118 - Mamluk Carpet Cairo Egypt, Sixteenth Century - A 16th century Mamluk carpet, lot 220 - Hispano-Moresque Pottery - Almohad Green Glazed Alhambra Vase - The Alhambra Vase
Shirvan Rug with floral Botehs It has a date using the old Persian lunar corrected date that was discontinued in the 1920s. No repairs, even wear, full borders, it is in amazing condition. It was purchased by the owner's grandmother on a road trip through Persia in the early 1900s.
Tibetan Tiger Rug from Galerie Arabesque formerly in Mimi Lipton's book