Contrary to the first day, we had a very busy second day yesterday which was Saturday. Several customers stopped by and looked at the rugs and kilims in our tent and in our store. Some of them bought some rugs or kilims. Today, Sunday is the third and last day of our tent sale. Are we going to have a sales miracle we have been waiting for a long time? We have to wait for a few hours and see!!
Safavid Carpets: An Analysis of Themes, Styles and Patterns Dr. Khosrow Sobhe invites you to a lecture by: Dr. Jon Thompson Visiting leading rug scholar from London Dr. Thompson has recently retired as May Beattie Fellow in Carpet Studies at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology and the Khalili Research Center, at the University of Oxford. He continues to teach courses at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, and at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Dr. Thompson is in Los Angeles to deliver a lecture on the Ardabil Carpet on Saturday, December 5, 2009 at 2:00 pm at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LACMA Sunday, December 6, 2009 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm
at Rug Idea 1655 South La Cienega Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90035 (Half a mile south of Pico Blvd. at Airdrome St. Free parking available)
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It was Black Friday today and first day of our 3-day Rug Tent Sale. We put up our tent in our parking lot. Two ignorant people had parked their cars in our parking and this delayed setting up our tent for 45 minutes.
It was slow business wise but some customers who visited us said they would comeback tomorrow Saturday or Sunday.
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My younger son Kash (Khashaiar) is 17 years old is here at work today with me on this beautiful sunny Sunday in Los Angeles. He wanted me to give him a job. I asked him to secure the lose fringes of a Turkoman rug which he nicely did. Kash is a senior at Beverly Hills High School. He has taken several AP classes this year. He has applied to several four-year university to study Information Systems. He is a dedicated young man with big dreams. He has an active web site www.KashLife.com with many followers and subscribers.
It was a beautiful sunny day today in Los Angeles. In the morning, I went to a rug program offered by the Textile Museum Associates of Southern California, TMASC. Dennis Marquand talked about Kyrgyz rugs. I liked the lecture and the show and tell part. After that, I rushed to Tribal Arts Show in Santa Monica City. It was an interesting show. I went to work at 1:00 pm and stayed there until 4:00 pm. After work, I went to Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LACMA to see the Ardabil and Coronation carpets. WOW. Two beautiful and magnificent rugs were on display. There were not that many visitors in the hall. I had expected to see more visitors. Maybe since it was Saturday afternoon people were busy with work or shopping. Or maybe people do not care!!
After the LACMA visit I went to Radio Iran, KIRN 670 AM for a talk show to have a program on the Ardabil & Coronation carpets. The program was from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. I am now at home writing this post.
Yesterday was a beautiful and wonderful day. We had a field trip and visit to our rug gallery by 23 bright, polite and smart students from Westland School which is located on Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles. Two teachers and six parents also accompanied these students. We showed them two short videos on how Persian rugs and kilims are made followed by a powerpoint containing many pictures from the Pazyryk carpet, the oldest rug ever, the biggest rug in the world, and rug production process. We started at 10:00 am and finished by 12:00 pm.
Students asked many questions such as the following:
- Wool of how many sheep do you use to make a rug? - How much do you pay to your weavers to make a rug? - How much water do you use to wash a rug and where does this water come from? - Who are the designers of Persian rugs? - Do you use the wool of live sheep or you can use the wool of dead sheep?
I enjoyed having them in our store. I had provided a package for each student containing two small books (The Mystic of Oriental Rugs, and Carpet Cleaning Tips for Dummies), and few other handouts and rug literature.
Rug Blog is a wonderful way to communicate with those who care about rugs of any kind. In this blog, I, Khosrow Sobhe (Dr. Kay) write about my everyday experience with Persian, Oriental and area rugs, and the people that I meet and talk with. I live and work in Los Angeles, where I have a rug gallery. I love my job. It is full of excitement. I hope you enjoy your visit and share your ideas and comments with me.
Rug is my PASSION. I grew up with it since it was my family business and my father's job. I have a bachelor's degree in Industrial Management, a Master's degree in Business Administration, MBA and a second Master's degree in Educational Planning and a Ph.D. in Educational Planning from the University of Southern California, USC in Los Angeles. I am a Board member to the Iranian Carpet Exporters' Association based in Tehran. I am a member of the Textile Group of Los Angeles, TGLA. I am a Board member to the Textile Museum Associate of Southern California, TMA/SC. I am also an Industry Partner to the American Society of Interior Designers, ASID Los Angeles Chapter with more than 1,700 members. I am also the Editor in Chief of the "Iranian Hand Woven Rug" quarterly. I have a rug gallery in Los Angels. I am also the president of the Iranian American Chamber of Commerce in Los Angeles. I have an active rug blog: http://rugmaster.blogspot.com/. In this blog, I, Dr. Khosrow Sobhe write about my everyday experience with Persian, Oriental and area rugs, and the people that I meet and talk with. They may be customers, friends, designers, or just ordinary people. I meet them in my rug gallery on 1655 South La Cienega Blvd. in Los Angeles (Tel. 310-770-9085) or else where.