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When is Kashan rose water festival?

The name of Kashan is tied to her rose water, and Kashan rose water festival attracts many to this city every year. The festival begins in May and ends in June (May 5th to June...

Persian New Year, or Nowruz!

The holiday of spring and renewal, celebrated by millions of people worldwide, dates back thousands of years. In Iran, the idea of “spring cleaning” isn’t just a seasonal excuse to gut your closet; it’s...

Oriental Rugs for Every Space

An Oriental rug can add ornamental flair to any interior, contemporary or traditional A beautifully crafted Oriental rug never goes out of style and can be surprisingly versatile in all kinds of homes. With...

The art of buying a carpet

A handmade oriental rug is the ultimate travel trophy, but if you do not want to be ripped off, it helps to know what to look for.   Never mind a mounted warthog head...

Persian carpet and its patterns

The history of Persian Carpet -a culmination of artistic magnificence- dates back to 2,500 years ago. The Iranians were among the pioneer carpet weavers of the ancient civilizations, having achieved a superlative degree of...

A Brief History of Persian Rugs in Iran

Iran has a global reputation for its rugs, which are an integral part of the Iranian culture. It seems almost ironic that they are thrown on the floor and walked on, considering the time-consuming, labor-intensive...

Why you should invest in an Oriental rug

Investing in a rug Should you be looking to invest, auctions can be a good way of getting your hands on a rare piece. Abu Dhabi’s Estuary Auctions recently held a specialist sale of unique...

Collecting Guide: Oriental rugs and carpets

Specialist Louise Broadhurst gives six tips for would be carpet-collectors, from identifying natural dyes, to finding the right setting on your vacuum cleaner — with lots from our upcoming Oriental Rugs and Carpets auction...

Oriental rugs: the meanings behind the designs

Louise Broadhurst, Head of Christie’s Oriental Rugs & Carpets department, reveals how she reads 10 distinct designs When one understands where a design has come from and what its symbols stand for, it becomes...

The History of Oriental Carpets

From the day they first appeared in Europe they have become a social and economic status symbol. But before carpets reached our continent from Asia, in their native countries they had served as symbols...

An Ancient Art Revealed

The Pazyryk Rug and The Scythians The Pazyryk Rug captivates our imagination because of its sophistication of weave, color and design and the fact that it is the oldest rug in existence. Found in...