Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Persian Rugs in Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California

Bowers Museum in Santa Ana California has a very active Persian Arts Council. They have invited me to deliver a lecture on Persian carpets. The Bowers Museum lecture and film program series is designed to enhance the viewer's experience of the exhibits featured in the museum galleries by bringing scholars from around the world to their patrons. The museum programs are varied to meet the interests of the patrons and community. The information on this lecture follows:

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 CEO of, and SOBCO International, Los Angeles. He holds an MBA and a second Master's degree in Education, and a Ph.D. in Educational Planning from USC, University of Southern California. He is a member of the boards of the Iranian Carpet Exporters’ Association and the Textile Museum Associates of Southern California, and the Editor in Chief of "Iranian Hand Woven" quarterly, published by the Iranian Carpet Exporters’ Association. He is also a member of the Textile Group of Los Angeles, TGLA, and Industry Partner to the American Society of Interior Designers, ASID. Dr. Sobhe is an award winning carpet exporter of the year 2000 and received the Iranian Presidential award. He has written numerous articles in Farsi and in English on Persian carpets, and has delivered many lectures on Persian rugs in different venues.

Khosrow Sobhe

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