Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
We received a new shipment from Iran containing old and antique Persian rugs. It is very easy to receive rugs after the embargo was wisely lifted by President Bill Clinton in 2000. We received this shipment by Air France. They took the bales from Tehran to Paris and from there directly to Los Angeles International airport. Rugs such as Armenian Bakhtiar, Sarouk, Qashqai, Borchalou, Malayer, Tafresh, and many more were included in this shipment.
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Tuesday, January 29, 2008
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A couple stopped by and after inspecting many pieces, bought a 9 x 12 Ivory Persian Sarouk. They asked about our return policy. It is a 30-day money back guarantee with no-questions asked if the rug is in the same condition as they bought. The husband was not willing to buy anything, but luckily, the wife liked the piece and could impose her ideas on the husband. They paid with a credit card and left. It is good that God has created women!! Otherwise, businesses could go bankrupt! We men, would like to postpone buying forever!
Everything else was normal. Paying bills, checking and responding to some e-mails. I did not feel like staying late. I went home at 5:30 pm. I had started work at 8:10 am.
Monday, January 28, 2008
At the end of the working day, I went to a weekly meeting which is held at the Camden House, a Persian cuisine in Beverly Hills. This is for the Coalition of the Iranian Entrepreneurs. Each week between 30-40 people attend the meeting. After networking, and having Persian food, a couple of members talk each one about 5 minutes, and then a keynote speaker talks about a subject of interest. It is good for networking and meeting old and new friends. At the end of the speech, and after a 5-minute question and answer, we have raffles. Usually, one or two businessmen donate gifts for the raffle section. I have also donated small Persian rugs in few of the meetings. I got home at 9:15 pm.
Paying bills, checking my e-mails and doing other paper work and administrative and office job, along with finishing the pricing of our newly arrived area rugs was what I did yesterday.
Today is Monday and it will rain again off and on in Los Angeles. Are we going to have an exciting day with many contacts and coming and going of people and customers? Who knows? We'll see.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
There will be many free Persian rug weaving and dyeing workshops, along with thousands of hand knotted Persian carpets from different regions of Iran on display. For more information, please visit: www.kishcarpet.com
Saturday, January 26, 2008
A couple came in today. The husband had stopped by few days ago and had checked some of the Persian hand knotted rugs and area rugs, but wanted to come back with his wife. They both showed up today and checked everything, from area rugs, hand made rugs, antique rugs and more. The husband was very flexible and left everything up to her wife. She did not knew what she wanted at first. Later, she showed us a photos of the rug they had at their house. They needed another rug to match with their existing rug which had red and blue. Finally, they bought two area rugs and a 5 x 8 Persian hand knotted dated and signed Nahavand rug. They paid with check and left.
A rug dealer also visited us and gave us a deposit for a rug he had with us for color fixing and a dye job. Another customer came in and brought a hand knotted Pakistani rug for repair. This rug is severely damaged by rats in a storage. Another customer came in and bought a pictorial rug we had. I was busy with tagging and pricing until we closed down around 6:00 pm. We were supposed to work until 4:00 pm!!
Friday, January 25, 2008
Thursday, January 24, 2008
I closed the store at 7:00 pm. Time goes by so fast and Jan. 2008 is coming to an end before we can believe it. Time flies!
We always have $2 doormats on sale and we sell several pieces everyday. We do not make profit on these doormats, but this makes people notice our store. Many of them cannot afford passing buy without buying one or two doormats. What can you buy with $2 these days? Maybe a chewing gum. This is one way of attracting customers who pass or drive by. They may come back one day to buy rug!
A lady came in today and brought a hand knotted Pakistani rug for cleaning. She said she found my web log first, and then my web site. Good to hear this!
There will be a very big home furnishing show in Las Vegas next week. Earlier, I had planned to visit this show, but now after I have returned from the Atlanta Rug Show, I do not have the feeling of visiting another show. I have many unfinished jobs here and do not want to leave my store. There is always tons of work to do when you have your own business. You always lag behind.
I better get back to work and concentrate on doing something done before it is time to go home. It has been raining off and on in Los Angeles since two days ago. To me rain and cloud is always sad, but some people may like it and think it is romantic! They maybe right!
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
I was in Atlanta from Jan. 17 to 21, 2008 and visited the Atlanta Rug Show. That is the biggest area rug show in the country and the AmericasMart is the organizer of this exhibition. It was good to see friends and colleagues. You could also see what sells and what does not. On Friday 18, 2008, there was a "Unique and Antique Rug Forum" held by the" Oriental Rug Retailers of America". Many dealers and professionals participated in this fine event and brought in antique rugs about which they talked. Three judges also added some comments. The judges were Philip Menendian, Daryoosh Chaman, and my self, Khosrow Sobhe. Many unique pieces were shown. Some discussions went on regarding the origin and the age of few pieces. The event took roughly two hours. It was conducted by Robert Zakian, the new president of ORRA. At the end, the judges selected two rugs as the best rugs shown at the forum and gave prizes to the exhibitors of those two rugs. It was a very fun and educational event.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
During the past couple of days I have been busy with the sale of few area and bamboo rugs to different customers. It seems that nobody has the money to buy Persian or Oriental rug these days. Today, a customer came in and brought a wonderful antique Mohtasham Kashan rug for cleaning and repair. It should be around 150 years old. His grand aunt had bought this rug in San Fransisco in 1904, and I am sure this rug was old then. The customer does not want to sell it and wants to keep it in the family. It is a fascinating rug. I will fly to Atlanta tomorrow morning t5o visit the show there (www.AmericasMart.com) I will be there four days. If I can, I will post some stories, and if not, I will write about the show after I return.
Monday, January 14, 2008
In browsing the Internet, an article on magic carpets looked interesting to me. I read and liked it. I want to share it here with you.
Our Homes Today
A magic carpet ride
By JESMA MAGILL
I don’t care what the interior designers say – I love Persian carpets. Or should that be Iranian carpets? Or Oriental, Middle Eastern or even Siberian carpets? Whatever they’re called, I think they look exotic, infinitely interesting, warm, soulful and most importantly, brimming over with history.
In fact, I love my Persian rug so much I think I’m going to be buried in it. Some might think this fixation with my rug to be obsessive, especially when I admit it didn’t come from an exotic location, which required me to travel there by camel. No. I bought my rug in Katikati.
Oh, I checked that it was authentic. It definitely has a number on it. And it looks the real deal. But perhaps most importantly it makes my heart sing every time I see it, and even when I vacuum it. I keep asking my husband to imagine how happy I’d be if I had an entire house full!
Alas, I only have one Persian rug but if life is good to me I might end up with a few more and have a choice about what to wear on my final outing. A slightly bigger one would be great, because the one I have wouldn’t cover me properly and I’m sure my mother would object to me being buried in something reminiscent of a woven mini skirt. “You’re not wearing THAT!” I can hear her shouting from the heavens.
But I digress. If one really is seeking a timeless piece for the home, it’s hard to go past an antique rug. In fact, experts are still arguing over how old they really are. The jury is still out over whether the Mayas made the first floor coverings (which in the early days were more for warmth than decoration), or the Chinese or Egyptians.
Of course, there is also the theory that the same idea can exist at the same time in different parts of the world, so perhaps these different groups started making rugs in unison? Whatever the truth, at about that time woven carpets became the new animal skins. Skins had obviously served their purpose well, but it was time for something different.
In those early days, patterns weren’t a priority on rugs; rather, their practical purpose was more important. Decoration came later, when life was easier and there was more downtime. Cave drawings showed the first signs of man’s creativity and it was only a matter of time before patterns appeared on flooring options too. As with cave drawings they became a way for people to express themselves, illustrate their surroundings and to show their perceived place in the world.
The Old Testament refers to carpets, as do other classical writings such as Homer’s Iliad and by 500 BC, richly woven carpets definitely were in existence and highly valued. It’s thought the earliest surviving complete carpet, made from wool and camel hair around 500BC, came from the Altai Mountains in Siberia. The Siberians would certainly have needed some warmth as surely Vodka couldn’t have been the solution to all of life’s challenges.
In an interesting twist of fate, this earliest of carpets was only discovered in 1947 by a team of Soviet archaeologists. Essie Sakhai, in her book “The Story of Carpets” says that in ancient times, the bodies of the wealthy and aristocratic were buried surrounded by possessions thought helpful in assisting with their passage into the next life.
The downside of this tradition is that tombs were often robbed for the valuables contained within as was the case of the tomb where this ancient rug was used to envelop a Scythian prince. Luckily, it was one of the few things the robbers left behind. And the good news is, when the thieves broke the seal of the tomb, water seeped inside and then froze (as it would in Siberia), protecting the rug superbly.
Although this 500-ish BC specimen is thought to be the oldest example of a complete woven carpet, woven fragments from flax coverings have been found from much earlier times. Textiles made from flax, thought to cover beds, date from 1500 BC and were excavated in near-perfect condition from the Tomb of Ka in Egypt early last century.
Sakhai says that with the advent of Islam in the seventh century carpet weaving had been around as an art form for at least 2,000 years. “From this time on, the history of Islam became in many ways the history of the carpet. Islam was spread by tribes; with a large part of the Near East and Central Asia converted to the faith. This centralization of power created a stable society and the energies which had once been put into war were now directed towards artistic and social achievements.”
As Islamic art flourished, artists began to decorate rugs with the same passion as other objects. Geometric patterns became more refined and flowing, and medallions were popular too.
Nomads, too, have been weaving for centuries, usually practical items such as bags, saddle-cloths and storage cupboards, as well as rugs for warmth and keeping out sand. It’s thought because they lived in barren, dry and harsh environments, they wanted to surround themselves with color and pattern.
While Auckland certainly isn’t dry and barren, we could, in fact, send a little more precipitation the Nomads’ way and I’m sure we’d all be happier. We live in a green and damp land but I can still relate to surrounding myself with color and pattern, until my dying day and beyond. But to keep my mother happy, it needs to be a large rug.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
It was relatively slow Sunday today. We have a big sign which we will put up on the side walk in front of our rug gallery, on La Cienega Blvd. in Los Angeles everyday. We also have a rack, on which we hang one piece of rug to draw attention of the people who drive by. The item we had today was an antique look 5 x feet area rug priced $175. A customer parked in the rear parking and came in and said how many of these rugs do you have? I said only one, and he said, OK I take the one that you have outside. I took the rug down and brought it into store. The smart customer saw the $175 price tag. He had thought it was only $17. What a mistake this bargain hunter had made. He left the store without the rug!!
A customer, a friend of my wife who had called me yesterday brought a wonderful antique Persian Senneh Kordestan rug sized ca. 4 x 6 feet. Wool on silk, very rare type of Senneh rug in perfect condition. It has two little moth damages as big as a ten-cent dime coin. Fringes are OK, but to preserve them, we have to overcast them to prevent the knots from coming off. We should also have it cleaned. It is rare because the foundation is(warps) is made of natural silk. This Persian old rug should be more than one hundred years old worth few thousand of Dollars. This kind of Seneh rug is made in the city of Sanandadj, the capital city of the province of Kurdestan, in north west of Iran.
It is such a joy to see rugs like this in good condition with an owner who cares about preserving it.
It is Sunday afternoon 5:45 pm and I want to close the shop and go home. Tomorrow is Monday, the beginning of a new week. Will something exciting happen? Who knows. I will write about that tomorrow, when I have more time.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
I see her once in a while. She plays and teaches Daf, a kind of Persian Drum.
There is another American lady named Laurie Blum. She also spent some time in Tehran and Shiraz. Laurie is an American painter lady who has visited Iran several times. You can read more about her and her works by visiting the link below:
I have been asked by the Oriental Rug Retailers of America to present an antique rug and talk about it in the Atlanta Rug Show (Jan. 17-20, 2008). I have a pair of two old Persian Bakhtiar rugs made by an Armenian lady called Arosiak Keshishian in 1912. The size is 4' 2" x 9' 10. One of the pieces is inscribed in Farsi, the Persian language, and the other piece is inscribed in Armenian dated in English, 1912. I shipped these two pieces to yesterday by UPS to be able to present them to the audience at your "Unique and Antique Rug Forum" .
I also donated a Persian prayer rug to American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Foundation in Washington D.C. This is a non-profit organization which will have a silent auction in March 2008. They wanted me to contribute something, and like last year, I could not turn them down and donated a Persian rug .
I will have great stories and posts after I come back from the Atlanta rug show next week. it will be fun and educational.
I have been in Los Angeles for less than 4 years, with a few months of stay in New York City. Before that, I lived in Tehran, where I had a very successful Persian rug business and a very good life. I moved to the States because of the great educational opportunities this country would have for my two sons. I have two great hard working sons. Kash, will turn 16 in March, 2008 (Khashaiar, an ancient Persian king's name = Xerxes) is at the 10th grade at Beverly Hills High School. Hid GPA is 4.0. He is a volunteer homework helper in Beverly Hills Public Library two days a week helping kids who have difficulties with their math, science and other academic subjects. Kash is very sociable. He wants to go to UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) to study information technology. He does not want to go to a community college. He thinks ahead. He wants to give back part of what this great city has given to him. My older son, Ashkan, studies information technolgy at Californian State University Northridge here in Los Angeles for his BS. He is a dedicated young man. Few weeks ago, he established his own company called "ITChair", an information technology company with a very active web site www.ITChair.com w. He does web designing and online marketing. He has made several professional web sites. He is a Microsoft certified expert, eager to learn and progress. He has some certificates, under which are signed by Bill Gates. Ashakn is a great son. He is a member of several non-profit societies. He serves on the board of several of these societies. I always ask his opinions on different subjects to give him the opportunity of expressing himself, and this has worked in letting him step forward. Of course, I have a great wife. Some times when we want to attend a professional meeting and my wife wants to introduce herself, she asks me how she should introduce herself. I tell her to introduce herself as the "Vice President of Expenditure" in my company, as she loves to shop and help other businesses grow!! Besides this, I have so many good American and a few Iranian friends. I have written about myself in other sections of my rug blog and see no need to bore anyone repeating them again here.
So much for that. I do not know why I entered into this subject, but I felt it might be OK to give my readers a brief information on my personal life here in Southern California.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
A group of skilled Iranian carpet-weavers and designers are slated to participate in the 2008 Domotex Hanover Exhibition in Germany.
Some 30 artists will present unique rugs from different parts of the country along with carpets showcased in last year's international Copenhagen exhibition.
Domotex is the largest international trade fair for Carpets and Floor Coverings, which showcases a wide array of high-quality products.
The 2008 Domotex Hanover Exhibition will run from Jan. 12th to 15th, 2008 in the Hannover Fairgrounds.
Iran is a leading exporter of hand-woven carpets in the world. Persian carpets are highly sought out due to their breathtaking designs.
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Wednesday, January 9, 2008
house rule" and vacuum frequently.
Here, Good Housekeeping Institute's home care director, Carolyn Forté, offers advice on how to keep your vacuum and carpets in great shape.
1. What's the difference between a canister and an upright vacuum? A canister vacuum is generally more versatile. Like uprights, canisters handle carpets, but they're also great at cleaning bare floors, vacuuming stairs and sucking up dirt from corners.
2. Which is better — a vacuum with a bag or a bagless vacuum? Neither is better. The Good Housekeeping Institute tests show that both clean equally well. Which you buy depends on personal preference. Bagless cleaners save you the trouble of having to buy extra bags, but they can be messy to empty, and the filters and dust containers must be kept clean. While vacuums with bags keep dust and dirt contained, they are tricky to retrieve an earring or small object
that gets sucked up accidentally.
3. Do more amps mean better cleaning? If you're tempted to buy a model with the highest amps, horsepower or watts, you might want to think again. These numbers are simply measurements of the electrical current used by the motor. A vacuum cleaner's performance depends on airflow, the amount of suction it produces, and other factors including the overall design and attachments.
4. What are all the attachments for? When you're vacuuming pile carpets and rugs, you should use the motorized power nozzle. But when you're cleaning bare floors and walls, it's best to use the wall/floor brush. To get dust out of drawers, heating and air-conditioning vents, and from
under larger appliances, try the crevice tool. For mattresses, upholstered fabrics, curtains and car interiors, use the upholstery attachment. And to remove dust from blinds, lampshades and moldings, use the dusting brush.
5. How often should I vacuum? In an ideal world, an area that has heavy traffic should be vacuumed every day. Butonce or twice a week is more realistic with today's busy lifestyles and certainly enough for areas that aren't often used. For best results, slowly move the vacuum
over the carpet several times, going back and forth and side to side in parallel rows.
6. How many times does a vacuum need to be run over a carpet to get it clean? Generally, you should use as many as seven strokes for high-traffic areas; three or four for lighter ones. If you're fanatical about dirt, consider buying a vacuum with a dirt sensor, which tells you when an area is clean.
7. How often should my vacuum-cleaner bag be changed? If your bag is filled to the indicator line, it's time to change it. Even though some vacuums have "check bag" indicator lights, it's best to check the bag yourself and change it when it's no more than three-quarters full. If you have a pet or you vacuum up fireplace ashes, you may have to change the bag more often. To be on
the safe side, check the dirt level in the bag before each use.
8. How often should I change the filter on my vacuum? You don't have to change the filter as often as the bag. If the filter shows signs of wear, or is excessively dirty or torn, it's time to replace it. HEPA filters — ones that remove most dirt particles — should be changed after six months or after the sixth bag change. The owner's manual will tell you where the filter is located and will have recommendations for your particular model.
9. At what height should my nozzle adjustment be set?
The level you set your nozzle at depends on the height of your carpet. For example, you would use the lowest setting for a low-pile carpet and a higher one for plush carpet. You'll only need to push your vacuum with a moderate amount of effort when you've selected the appropriate level.
10. When do I know it's time to replace the belt on my vacuum? If you think your vacuum isn't cleaning as well as it used to or the brush roll has stopped turning, it may be time to change your belt. First, shut off your vacuum and unplug its cord. It's not difficult to replace the belt as long as you have a screwdriver and a replacement belt. For instructions for your specific vacuum, refer to your owner's manual or call the manufacturer's service center.
11. What should I do if my vacuum cleaner isn't picking up dirt? First, give it a full inspection. To do so, turn the machine off and unplug it. Then, check to see if the belt is worn or broken, or if the roller-brush won't move. Also, look for a full bag or any blockage that might be affecting the power of the machine. Sometimes, new carpet can be a problem because it sheds more fiber and has a tendency to fill bags quickly and clog the air stream. If everything checks out and
your machine still isn't working properly, bring it to a repair shop.
12. How do I vacuum an Oriental rug? Since Oriental rugs can be very fragile, you may have to use extra care when vacuuming them. Still, to keep them in peak condition, they should be cleaned often. If you're using an upright vacuum cleaner, it's best to turn off the agitator brush (if possible). When approaching the fringe, tip up the front slightly and push it completely off the carpet. This cleans the fringe without catching it in the rotating agitator brush. With a canister vacuum, use the bare floor brush for gentler cleaning of the carpet, and use an upholstery attachment for the fringe. Also, don't forget to periodically turn the rug over so you can vacuum its underside.
13. Is it bad for my carpet or vacuum to use powder fresheners? Provided you have a good vacuum, powders shouldn't be a problem. For the best pick-up, start with a clean bag. Since these powders can clog the bag, you'll probably have to change the bag afterward.
Persian Rugs: 2500 Years of Art, Culture and Craftsmanship
In this lecture, Dr. Khosrow Sobhe will talk about the history of Persian rugs and the oldest rugs in the world and the one which is in the Los Angeles Contemporary Museum of Arts (LACMA), inscribed in 1536, around 470 years ago. The current status of Persian carpets in the world and the two biggest carpets in the world which are bigger than a football stadium will be presented by tables and pictures. The new return to traditions by using hand-spun wool and vegetable dye will be discussed and several samples will be displayed.
This program will be accompanied by an exclusive video presentation of Persian rug weaving from sheering, spinning, and dyeing the wool with all the steps taken in making rugs. Exclusive photos of the weaving process and the weavers will be also presented. There will be live weaving and repair at this program.
Dr. Khosrow Sobhe is the founder and
Sunday, January 6, 2008
The program was accompanied by a slide show and a powerpoint presentation. My older son, Ashkan is the It Chair and the honorary tech man of the society. He helped Richard Isacson to set up the projector and his Mac computer. Mac computers are wonderful for graphics and some other academic jobs, but are not perfectly compatible with digital projectors and other types of digital equipments. But Ashkan made a way to make it work. It was a very interesting topic and the content of the speech was also well prepared and well presented. The last part, the "Show & Tell" was very interesting. Many people had brought their tent bands from their collections. They showed the tent bands to the crowd and talked about them. Richard Isacson commented about each piece and some of the people from the audience also added comments. Everybody enjoyed the program. It was fun and educational. I will try to post the photos of the event on our website: www.RugIdea.com in a few days. We in Los Angeles are lucky to be a part of this wonderful association which provides us with this unique educational and wonderful forum.
The website of the Textile Museum Associates of Southern California is under final review and it will be up and running in the near future. Then, we will have all the information on the past and future events posted on the website.
Saturday, January 5, 2008
Friday, January 4, 2008
Textile Museum Associates of
Southern California TMA/SC
Tent Bands of Central Asia
Oriental Carpet Curator and Researcher
The trellis tent is a brilliant invention. It has made nomadic life possible across Central Asia for at least one and a half millennia. An important component of its construction is a woven tent band which girdles the lower part of the wooden roof struts. This critical engineering element provides the tension necessary to brace the roof dome against outward collapse under the load of heavy felts and the force of strong steppe winds. Beyond serving a utilitarian function, tent bands are often elaborately decorated. This talk will discuss the history of the tent, the role of tent bands, and include examples made by different Central Asian peoples.
Richard Isaacson is a retired physicist, who has simultaneously pursued a strong interest in art and oriental carpets. He has been active at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC, lecturing frequently and serving as a member of the Textile Museum Advisory Council. He is a member of the International Hajji Babas, and was a member of Local Organizing Committee for the 10th International Conference on Oriental Carpets (2003), Washington, DC, in which he also served as the Exhibition Project Manager for the ICOC show Treasures from the Museums of Uzbekistan. Richard was the Guest Curator for the exhibition Architectural Textiles: Tent Bands of Central Asia, at The Textile Museum, Washington, DC, (March 30, 2007 -- August 19, 2007), and was previously a Guest Curator for the exhibition From the Amu Darya to the Potomac: Central Asian Bags from Area Collections (Sept 7, 2001--Feb 24, 2002). He has published in Oriental Rug Review, HALI and Steppe magazines, and has written an exhibition catalogue for Architectural Textiles: Tent Bands of Central Asia, which will be available for sale at the program. Richard invites TMA/SC members to bring examples of Central Asian tent bands from their collections for Show & Tell.
Members: Free Non-Members: $7
When: Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008 at 10:00 am
Where: SOBCO International Ltd.
1655 South La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035
Tel. 310-770-9085 Free parking in lot
Thursday, January 3, 2008
A rug dealer from one of the neighboring towns came in looking for a 10x 14 rug for his customer. He selected a very nice corner medallion burgundy Kashan rug and took it with him. Another rug dealer from Los Angeles who had left a rug for a spot dyeing visited us and saw some of the sample colors we had provided for him. He will return again to see more options.
A couple came in and looked at many rugs. The husband liked the area rugs of lower prices. The wife, a first grade teacher loved our Qashqai hand-knotted rugs made with hand-spun wool and vegetable dye. The lady's taste was good, but they had limited budget. They could not agree on what to buy. I gave them rug books and literature for free with a small gift. They left happy and said they might comeback later.
We received a shipment of rugs from New York. we unpacked and labeled them one by one. These are Belgian area rugs of different sizes.
It was a busy first day of the year.