Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Soccer World Cup & Rugs
World Cup soccer fever is widespread everywhere these days. Even our repair personnel love to watch the games when they repair rugs.
Here, you see a hand knotted Persian Kashmar rug being repaired while the repairman is watching a soccer game on his laptop's screen. What a combination of tradition and technology!
I would like to add a bit if literature on Vase Kashmar rugs. Persian Kashmar Carpets, the Kaase Koozeh design (Bowl & Vase) Rugs from the Iranian town of Kashmar in the Khorassan province in north east Iran are full of myths and symbolism. Not only are they of a high quality, but also eye-catching by their decorative character and designs. These so called “Vase Kashmar rugs” have vases as symbols of abundance which mar refer to spiritual abundance.
Zir Khaki which means "under ground" is another name for this type of vase design Kashmar carpets. It refers to a rug filled from the treasures from the days of the Persian empire’s glory. These rugs are thick and durable. Their foundation is cotton and the pile is lamb’s wool. They are usually made in big and room sizes such as 6’ x 9’, 9’ x 12’ and 10’ x 14’. There are some inscriptions and writings on the vases similar to Kufi designs almost with no meaning. In many of these rugs, you see a diamond shape medallion in the center of the rug.
Dr. Khosrow Sobhe (Dr. Kay)
Certified Rug Specialist (CRS)