Thursday, October 27, 2011

Unique Pieces

Besides the great selection of Persian and Oriental Rugs that are in our showroom we have some fantastic unique pieces as well. Some of these pieces are:
The above picture is of a traditional saddle cover. Saddle covers were a prominent product of tribal and rural weaving. Paintings of horses with saddle covers appear in Persian miniatures as early as the 14th century. Completely woven in pile, this cover would have provided a comfortable cushion for the rider. It can be used as a wall hanging or even as a center piece on a table.
Above is a Kyrgyz Animal Trapping from the early 20th century. It is wool on wool and was used primarily as decorations for horses, donkeys and camels; they were also used as head ornaments. They can be used as a hanging art piece in a modern home. What a conversation piece!
Probably the most familiar to Westerners are saddlebags with two decorated pouches (above). These were made in various sizes, with the smallest examples used on donkeys. Called heybe in Turkey, khorjin in Persia and the Caucasus, they appear in a wide variety of woven structures:  tapestry, soumak, brocading, knotted pile, weft substitution, and even occasionally warp substitution. In western Anatolian Turkey, saddlebags were commonly made with a long center bridge with a slit down the center (below).  Men sometimes slipped these over their shoulders to serve as convenient shopping bags when in the marketplace. Besides being used as a hanging in your home these pieces can be used at the ends of couches to hold magazines, remotes, etc.

Come check out our unique pieces at our showroom today!

Dr. Khosrow Sobhe (Dr. Kay)

Certified Rug Specialist (CRS)
Tel. 310-770-9085

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