Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Whittal Anglo Rugs Los Angeles

Few days ago we picked up a Whittall Anglo area rug for cleaning and repair from a client’s house here in Los Angeles. The rug was quite dirty and had damage on its sides. We cleaned and repaired the Whittall Anglo area rug for it to last for many more years to come.

M. J. Whittall Associates was started by the Whittall family in the early 1880s and closed in 1956. They produced fine quality machine made rugs with wool pile. The company was so passionate about promoting the arts and the culture of rugs that they created the Whittall’s Anglo-Persians, a musical outfit during the 1920s and 1930s lead by Louis Katzman. The group was broadcasted on Boston radio. They recorded for the Brunswick and Vocalion lables.

Once in a while we have pickups of these Whittal Anglo Rugs in Los Angeles and from elsewhere. The owners tell us that they have had the rugs in their family for a few generations. If these rugs were able to talk, they would tell us about all the great times they have had all these years. They would also be happy that they are being taken care of by us so they can feel as healthy as when they were first made. The history and sentimental value of these rugs is priceless.

Dr. Khosrow Sobhe (Dr. Kay)


Unknown said...

The Whittall Rug Co. was started by my great great grandfather. Matthew J whittall. In 1883

edvend98@aol.com said...

I have a Whittal Anglo-Persian Rug, purchased from Mitby Sather Co., Mpls, MN, on 11/15/1947, Register No 210566, Pattern 333, Color 58, Size 9'x18'.
It has been in storage since 1965, and I would like to know if there is a authorized cleaner in the Mpls, MN, area ??? I also would like to know how to find the value of this... Grandmother called it "The Bird of Paridise" pattern.
Thank you, Barb
email: Edvend98@aol.com