Summer is around the corner and we couldn’t be more pleased about NASIRI’s fruitful spring. We’re proud to say that among other things we have launched a new exclusive collection, won a coveted industry award and participated in several fantastic events and wanted to share the highlights of our season with you, our favorite clientele.
We couldn′t agree more. Various shades and color combinations of blue have always been a favorite at NASIRI. Top New York City designer Jayne Michaels of the Design Firm 2Michaels shared her passion for blue with us. "I have always been drawn to blue, even as a child. It is such an easy color to live with and you never get tired of it."
Do all good things need to come to an end? This is how we felt on the last day of the Architectural Digest Home Design Show 2015. The Nasiri team had a blast meeting new faces and showcasing our collections. We thank everyone who came to visited us, friends new and old. We are delighted that you were inspired by our Collections. Here is a short recap of what happened, just in case you missed it, at Nasiri booth 500.
Cami Weinstein of Cami Weinstein Designs combines 30 years of experience in the design field with the creative knowledge acquired through her BFA in printing and painting. Based in Chappaqua, New York, Cami Weinstein often travels to find inspiring pieces to intermix into her interior designs. Recently, Nasiri Carpets caught up with Cami Weinstein to discuss her thoughts on fabric and design.
What do you love most about Nasiri Carpets?
I love the variety of styles that Nasiri offers. I work in a wide range of interior styles often mixing different time frames into a single room. My rooms are layered and polished whether they are casual or formal.
When shopping for a carpet or rug, what do you look for?
When shopping for a carpet or rug I take many things into consideration: quality, beauty, durability, size, what mood will the piece evoke in the room.
Which is your favorite style of carpeting from Nasiri Carpeting
(flatweave, modern, antique, decorative, mid-century modern)?
My goodness it would be hard to choose! All of the pieces are so beautiful. I would have to say both the antique and mid century at the moment. Both have withstood the test of time.
The benefits for Nasiri in attending trade shows are tenfold, we reconnect with friends, meet fellow designers, discuss collaborations, and most importantly get inspired. We meet many designers both established and new that are passionate about their projects. We love that they share their stories and inspiration with us. These connections allow us to be on the cutting edge of design; we are picking up trends, learning of new projects and how we can better provide what the designer is looking for. One of our favorite trade shows to attend is the Architectural Digest Home Show in NYC.
For over a decade, tens of thousands have attended the annual Architectural Digest Home Design Show to celebrate design. This inspirational event is a hub for the latest in home furnishings, art pieces, accessories and more. The AD Home Design Show is the premier design show in the U.S. and has helped support the luxury market for years.
For the past five years, Nasiri has enjoyed sharing our pieces with the top interior designers and design enthusiasts in the industry. Previously, designer Antony Todd’s named Nasiri Carpets as one of his favorite things and last year we were mentioned by Consumer Reports as one of the top design trends at the Show. This year, we will showcase our newest flat weave collections:
Mid-CenturyModern, Mazandaran and Herringbone. We invite you to stop by our booth no. 500 and explore all that Nasiri has to offer.
Mid–Century Modernism blends cutting-edge design with the revered tradition of great craftsmanship. Fine art and quality craftsmanship are the two main components Nasiri considers while sourcing our collection of Mid-Century Modern Carpets. He has spent countless hours sorting through hundreds of rugs to bring back a select few that possess the quality and versatility that you can’t find in other rugs.
“This collection is exclusive to Nasiri, it is an impossibility to find them anywhere else. I enjoy being able to provide the design community with a unique product that will assist them in creating their vision. “
We spoke to owner Nader Nasiri to get his thoughts on young artists presenting at Art Basel. “ To see the creativity of the young artists is truly inspirational to my carpet design and selection. They are not afraid to be bold and try new things. It encourages me to stay fresh and relevant while selecting our vintage collection. One particular artist that I admire is Lucy Dodd. Her use of unconventional materials reminds me of perfecting the color of our carpets with organic earth dyes. Her minimalist designs have a similar energy to our carpet designs.”
From far away you notice natural aesthetics and symmetries. Upon closer inspection you’re able to see the splotches and strokes which seem to be the result of pours that have pooled and evaporated.
We believe she was the standout artist of the show.
Dodd is an abstract artists whose paintings are quite large, some as wide as 25 feet. She does this by sewing individual sheets of canvas to another, which makes it physically the size of a carpet. She combines a multitude of ingredients into her artwork ranging from black lichen, saliva, iron oxide, charcoal, and dog urine. Some have fermenting smells, it truly is a blend of the senses, visually stimulation at its finest.
Very popular in the fashion industry, stripes have become a major trend in interior design as well. The world of art and design has embraced the stripe inspiration. And here at nasiri we are leading the trend. We offer a wide variety of striped Kilim that will be sure to update any space while keeping a traditional feel. Unlike knotted wool rugs, flat-woven carpets are made on the loom. They are thin with a low pile giving it a decidedly clean modern edge.
NASIRI Carpets has spent the past few years sourcing a wide selection of vintage flatweave rugs from owners and collectors who have kept their antiques in impeccable condition. Although these rugs date back over fifty years, their colors and styles are in keeping with current trends. Carpets that are a half century old but demonstrate elements of today’s style are a rarity in today’s market, and this special edition collection bridges the past and present in a unique and tasteful manner.
Nasiri creates carpets that are in the now and has a vision on future trends. 2014/2015 Will see the rediscovery of natural materials and the natural look, sophisticated minimalism and a sensuous opulence. See article by on carpet trends
Although quality carpets make a wonderful centerpiece, you might not always want your rug to be the focal point of a room’s décor. Instead, carpets can also serve as wonderful complements to other pieces, laying the foundation for a room’s motif rather than immediately attracting the eye.
When planning to use a rug in this manner, consider using subtle neutrals to complement rather than overpower the room’s other features. Beige, ivory, black, white, and grey all carry a room’s décor without detracting from it, and are a wonderful option when you are looking to make a subtle statement with a rug.
For summer, Nasiri is focusing on an elegant line of cotton neutrals. These artistic pieces are the perfect complement to virtually any room or design format, and have the special ability to add to a room without stealing its thunder. We often get stuck in the mindset that a rug has to be the most colorful, exciting piece in a room, but this is far from true. Dating back hundreds of years, rugs have always been a symbol of elegance—but this isn’t to say that they have to be the star of the show. Sometimes the greatest sign of strength is an ability to bring out the best in those around you—and this holds true with interior design as much as it does with interpersonal interactions.
With the season of sunshine and warmth upon us, turn your eye toward the understated elegance of classy, neutral toned, comfy cotton rugs. Our handmade pieces are sure to take a favorite room and make it downright cozy.
Nasiri recently participated in the ICFF 2014 show, revealing our luxurious line of Mazandaran carpets. The collection was well received, garnering accolades from individual collectors and enthusiasts, as well as numerous write-ups in various publications. It was a great privilege to be involved in this show, and we enjoyed spending time with friends both old and new. The enthusiasm that we observed for the artistry of carpet making has reaffirmed for us the value and appreciation our community has for quality carpets.
For those of you who were able to join us at the show, thanks for coming and lending your support! We always enjoy spending time with our customers, fans, and peers. After all, you are the people who appreciate our artistry—the very people we are creating rugs for!
If you were unable to attend the show, we hope that you will visit our online gallery to experience the new collection. There is a lot going on in this collection, and we are confident that you will like what you see. Visit www.nasiricarpets.com to see what all the hype is about!
Although we rarely stop to consider it, everything has a personality. People, animals, weather—yes, even architecture and design. Intrinsically inanimate objects such as houses and offices are brought to life by designers, but those designers bring their own biases, preferences, ideas and passions into play—and these are all a reflection of their personalities. Thus, the design of a home can actually say a lot about the owner or designer’s personality!
Some homes are shabby while others are neat; some dark and Gothic, others light and cheerful. Some incorporate timeless classics, while others are decidedly modern. And some have recognizable themes, while others are abstract to the point of distraction! All of these elements—style, color, theme, order—and many others come into play when designing a home or decorating a room, and each is a reflection of a certain personality trait of the designer.
The rugs that we choose for our rooms also reflect our innermost thoughts and emotions. When decorating a room, will you prioritize quality? Will you go with a handmade rug or settle for something from a factory? Does design matter to you? Or do you perhaps insist on designing your own custom rug? Do you want your rug to be hand carded with natural dyes, built to last as an heirloom your family can pass throughout the generations?
If you are looking to put that finishing touch on a room—to stamp your personality on a living project—Nasiri can help you find the right rug. We can help you answer the question: “What does my home have to say about my personality?”
For the ICFF 2014 show, Nasiri will be revealing our newest line of luxury carpets. Our focus with this collection is on the Mazandaran flat weave. This collection features expressive designs and colors utilizing an ancient technique that evokes modernist painting, architecture and music. Drawing on timeless traditional artistry, we aim to combine beauty with comfort through this sophisticated line of understated rugs.
A lot of time and energy has gone into this collection, as we always strive to produce the best possible product. We are honored to be involved in the ICFF program, and will do our best to wow the crowd with our unique, high quality rugs. The enthusiasm that we continue to receive from our customers and fans has given us the confidence and creativity to produce new designs that not only appeal to our clients, but also reflect our values and style.
These unique flat weaves are hand carded using naturally dyed wool. As with most of our collections, colors and sizes are fully customizable. This ability of the collector to become involved in the creative design process allows for a personalized experience that further increases the value of a particular piece.
Join us at the ICFF to view our latest creations!
Like a bespoke custom suit or dress that is tailored to your body and fits perfectly, a custom carpet is made to complement your tastes and accent your best qualities.
Quality carpets are important items—they set the tone of a room and communicate the vision of the owner. Thus, it is important that your carpet is exactly what you want—that its size, design, color, and material are all custom designed.
Custom carpets were once the domain of the wealthy elite, as their high prices made them an extreme luxury item. Today, custom carpets enjoy just as high a level of quality, but at a much more affordable price point, making them an essential component of a well-designed home or office.
Why a Custom Carpet?
In today’s largely homogenous society, people want to be unique, to stand out from the crowd and express their individual styles and tastes. Although there are many ways to do this, a custom carpet remains one of the classiest options for expressing individual style.
You can choose from different materials, using textures, colors, and designs to create a unique expression. With the wide variety of materials on the market, the sky is the limit! Choose cotton to avoid allergies, or silk if you want to create that luxury feel for your special space; a flatweave modern design is great for an office, while a plush thick carpet can complete that hard-to-fit space in the home. The possibilities are truly endless!
Designers and Custom Carpets
In the design industry, a custom carpet epitomizes the unique, “custom” product. Using a wide array of colors, textures, sizes, and designs, designers can guide their clients in the creation of a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. This is especially useful in the field of interior design, particularly when you need an odd-sized carpet or one that custom-fits the motif of a room. Interior designers are experts at matching concepts to rooms, and are often heavily involved in the creation of custom carpets.
Quality Takes Time
Like a new baby, a custom carpet can often take up to nine months to produce! But the wait is well worth it. Nothing can take the place of a high quality expression of your individual style—something you can pass on to your children and grandchildren for generations to come. In some ways, a custom carpet is your opportunity to leave an artistic legacy, to design and inspire the future through your own individual vision.
Nasiri Custom Carpets Are the Perfect Fit
We have been creating custom carpets for generations, and enjoy the trust of top interior designers and rug connoisseurs. Working with each client to ensure they get what they are looking for, we complete our carpets on time, delivering beautiful, bespoke pieces again and again. Our extensive experience in custom design aids you in your personal design process, helping you create a rug that will last for generations and bring a lifetime’s worth of happiness.
What a Difference a Rug Makes
Home décor is not for the faint of heart. Between styles, designs, materials, colors, and pretty much any other element you can factor in, putting together the perfect room—let alone the perfect home or office complex—can be a daunting task.
Often, after hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars are spent creating the perfect design, a room still feels incomplete. It’s as if something is missing—some element that would tie everything together. If you are stuck in this design limbo, perhaps a rug is what you are looking for.
The right rug can tie a room together better than just about any other item available. As a central piece introduced at ground level, it becomes a point around which other elements can revolve, yet does so in a way that grounds the room and adds to its aesthetic in an understated manner.
Whether you are looking for earthy tones or bright colors, Oriental designs or modern chic, deep rugs or elegant flat weaves, Nasiri can put the finishing touch on the room you have been obsessing over for the past few months. What a difference a rug makes!
Mother’s Day dates back to 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother in West Virginia. She then went on to petition the US government to make it an official holiday, and was finally successful in 1914. The holiday was quickly embraced by a number of different countries around the world.
In most countries, Mother’s Day is held on the second Sunday of the month of May, which falls on May 11 in 2014. On that day, millions of people will gather with family and friends to pay tribute to the women who gave them life.
This Mother’s Day, a great way to thank your mother for all she has done for you is to present her with a handmade Nasiri rug. Mothers are our models of class and sophistication, teaching us how we should behave and interact with the world. They are also a comforting presence, making us feel secure when we are struggling. And motherhood is the epitome of beauty. Thus, a sophisticated, comfortable, beautiful rug is the perfect tribute.
We have a number of different styles of rugs to choose from, including flatweave, decorative, modern, and antique. You might also enjoy custom designing a special rug for your mother, putting that extra effort into creating something for the woman who created you.
All of our rugs are hand carded and hand dyed with painstaking skill and expertise.
To touch your mother’s heart this Mother’s Day and really let her know how much you love her, consider a quality Nasiri rug!
The name Nasiri has long been equated with luxury, as sophisticated, comfortable rugs are our forte. Our flatweave collection combines the best in aesthetics and comfort to create the most luxurious rugs possible, which is why they are so popular with rug connoisseurs.What takes the quality of our flatweave rugs to another level altogether is the fact that you can have one custom made to your specifications. What this means is that customers can peruse our original, timeless designs and look to see if there is anything that catches your fancy—and if not, you can simply design your own rug, with just as much comfort and luxury built in!Flatweave rugs are generally thinner, and as their name denotes, are woven flat. This makes them somewhat lighter and easier to fold flat, so they are convenient to move and adjust. However, this in no way detracts from their comfort. The same toe-embracing touch that you have grown to expect from other Nasiri creations is present in our flatweave rugs. For a versatile yet comforting, classy option, consider going with a flatweave!
Nasiri Carpets is where ancient technique meets modern style. Our Fall 2014 "Cotton Fusion Collection" does not disappoint. Nasiri Carpets mastered the art of combining beauty and comfort.
Using only the highest quality hypoallergenic cotton and hand dying skills, we create a variety of modern hand knotted designs. Nasiri combines luxurious cotton and silk threads to create this superb collection. Our artisans′ custom make each piece to your specifications. The ultimate experience in luxury is cotton underfoot. Our designs automatically elevate your space, while giving it a comfortable ease.
Carpets made of 100% earth-friendly organic cotton are not only durable, but with the use of natural dyes can come in a wide variety of designs.
Many of our cotton rugs also contain silk. This combination leads to a super soft texture which designers adore. Cotton and silk is durable and will resist physical wear, while its gorgeous luster catches the light and its contrasting texture is used to highlight a design.
To give your home or office an exotic feel, a Moroccan rug is the perfect choice. Bringing together a unique blend of texture, color, and design, Moroccan rugs are rich with the atmosphere of Arabic culture, bringing to mind the sounds and smells of a Marrakech market.
But Arabian nights are no longer limited to the homes of North Africa. With top quality, handcrafted carpets, Nasiri has brought the wonder and mystery of Morocco to the comfort of your home and workplace! Create a unique ambience for any room by integrating a quality Nasiri Moroccan rug.
Nasiri’s custom Moroccan rugs are made in the same manner and style as they were over a hundred years ago. Working with each client to ensure a unique expression of style, Nasiri designs custom rugs on an individual basis and gives customers exactly what they want. If a Moroccan carpet is your desire, we will work to create a rug that will last for generations.
As times change many people are faced with the décor challenge of a mixture of both worlds i.e. contemporary and traditional when it comes to decorating their homes. Most people want the blend of this type of mixed marriage because of the elegance and style that sets the tone of the space. Custom made area rugs are quite unique and gives a room a certain unique flair. Sometimes the two find themselves together because of being handed down from the generations and are a must have to around the home. People are also increasingly appreciating their private space and as the home takes center stage they want more variety in décor styles. A blend of traditional and modern works beautifully.
Many designers feel that opposites do attract
As the seasons change and winter comes creeping up on us, our focus tends to turn toward the home. For many of us, this time of year means holidays, family visits, cozy nights spent by the fire with loved ones, and the chance to host friends—all in the context of changing colors as fall slips away and a new year approaches.
And while our minds might be distracted by thoughts of pumpkins, Christmas trees, and mistletoe, nothing sets the mood for a home and brings out the colors of the solstice season like a handmade rug.
A custom carpet really can pull together an entire room—and even an entire home—creating that comfortable, upscale-yet-lived-in feel.
In keeping with the holidays, Nasiri’s current collection of hand knotted rugs features a wide range of earthy, subtle-toned pieces that can either fit comfortably into your current design motif or set the foundation for an entire new look!
When entertaining this holiday season, let our custom carpet designs both awe and embrace your company and loved ones, setting the at east in your home while inspiring them to new levels of creativity and holiday cheer!
The best way to care for your carpets is to bring them in to us for a professional cleaning that will preserve their life and aesthetic quality. However, for the DIYers (do it yourselfers) these tips can also work. But we do want to emphasize the carpet cleaning is more complex than it appears to be, and if not done properly can either discolor your carpet or—even worse—damage its fabric" (Nader Nasiri, Founder, Nasiri Carpets). This is why many choose to have their carpets professionally cleaned.
When it comes to handmade carpets, more often than not, they tend to require pecial care to extend their lifespan, due to their unique fiber and dyes.
Removing stubborn stains
Stains are every carpet owner’s nightmare. If not handled properly, they not only ruin the carpet’s beauty but also result in the destruction of its fiber during the cleaning process. Other than resorting to moving furniture around to hide the stains, one of the quickest solutions is to clean the stains immediately, as soon as they occur. Contrary to what your instincts tell you, you should not scrub the carpet. Instead, blot the stained spot and dry it, working from the outside in. Rinse it thoroughly in plain clean water and blot it again. Depending on the type of stain and the carpet’s fiber, use of vinegar or a mild detergent solution might be necessary, especially for handmade carpets woven with natural fibers. But the general universal rule in regards to stain removal is to clean the stain as soon as it occurs and refrain from scrubbing as a means of removing it.
Finding the right cleaning agent for your carpet
Some carpet-cleaning agents available are not environmentally friendly and are actually toxic if ingested by humans or pets. Fortunately, in our quest to keep the earth habitable for future generations, environmentally friendly carpet-cleaning agents with active ingredients that efficiently and effectively clean carpets have been developed. Thus, when choosing a carpet-cleaning agent, look out for those that are environmentally friendly. Also, depending on whether your carpet is made of natural fibers or discolors easily, it’s better to use biodegradable cleaning agents since they are tough on stains yet gentle on fabric. Cleaning agents come in different forms, including shampoos and powder or liquid forms, and their effectiveness relates to the method of cleaning being used.
Again, the best way to care for your carpets is to depend on the expertise of professionals like Nasiri, with years of experience and a proven track record. However, if you are decide to clean your own carpet, make sure that you do so properly in order to avoid damaging this precious heirloom!
From tailor made suits to hand crafted Swiss watches, there is something about hand crafted items that makes them stand out from their (dare we say) machine assembled counterparts. Their intrinsic beauty lies in their uniqueness as well as their undisputable quality. A rug is much more than a floor covering, it decorates a room AND also gives it a persona, and an aura of sophistication. Better still, handmade carpets are often custom designed to meet a particular client’s tastes and preferences. Thus not only matching their surroundings but also becoming more of an extension of the owner’s persona.
The choice of carpet to use is determined by numerous factors among which is the interior décor, the nature of place its being put, the budget as well as the traffic of the place. Well as some places can do with delicately designed exquisite carpets, in other places its durability and toughness not beauty that is the criteria of selecting a carpet to use. More to that, handmade customized carpets can only be made so big in a limited period of time, thus the time framework of the interior design also determines the possible carpet choices available.
For a shared low level office that attracts a lot of traffic, beauty is more of a luxury than a necessity. A carpet for such a place should be chosen with durability and ease to clean as criteria but with adequate considerations of the cosmetic purposes of the carpet. More to that, a single colored carpet with no floral design at all is more often than not the right choice in order to maintain the professional character of the décor. However, for a high level office with minimal traffic, beauty is a criteria when designing it, given creating good impression is important here. Handmade customized carpets can be used, not only because of their quality but also due to their unique designs.
When it comes to interior design for a home, the criteria for a carpet ranges from the allocated budget, size of the needed carpet, extent of the carpeting, already existing décor of the place and whether there are toddlers or pets in the home. For homes with toddlers or pets, easy to clean carpets are advisable, although beauty should not be comprised. Handmade carpets are characterized with being easier to clean thus they do not harbor much allergens. More to that, they do not easily discolor and if customized, they are not only beautiful but also unique. Making them one the best choices for a residential carpet.
At Nasiri Carpets we not only sell quality carpets but also offer advisory services to our customers. Ensuring they get the type of carpet that best suits the environment it’s going to be in. Be it handmade, machine made or better still customized, we have carpets in all makes and designs best suited for the differing environments. Durable and easy to clean nylon carpets are suitable for homes with kids and pets or high traffic areas while hand woven wool carpets are much better looking and soft but unfortunately they require more delicate care thus are better suited for low traffic areas.
Despite what we hear from Austin Powers, a shag is a rug or carpet that has a deep pile, giving it a shaggy appearance. Shag carpeting has seen a resurgence of popularity. Decorate your floor with some of the stunning Shag carpets from Nasiri′s Shag Collection. What goes with a hand knotted Shag carpet? Here are some ideas.
There are many types of carpets and this is mainly due to the differences in the way they are categorized. Carpets are not only categorized based on how they are made but also in relation
to the fiber used in them as well as the location from which they are made. The place where a carpet is made from as well as the process through which it is made has a significant effect on not only the price of the carpet itself but also its durability and quality. Ironically, handmade carpets tend to more beautiful and pricier in comparison to the factory mass made ones.
Fibers are the main determinant of the difference in carpets, they not only determine the durability of the carpet but also dictate whether the carpet can be handmade or factory made as well as the kind of dyes to be used in the carpet. Carpets made out of nylon are very durable thus better suited for high traffic areas or homes with toddlers and pets. While carpets made from fibers like triexta, Olefin and polyester are significantly stain resistant and relatively durable but they do not match the strength of nylon carpets.
Then there are the designer carpets made out of wool, these are not only exceptionally soft but also their beauty is unparalleled. The best quality carpets are handmade.
Low pile carpets are a good option for people who are prone to allergy. Particles from pets and dust won′t get embedded in bulky piles. You can clean them quickly. They come in every color and pattern imaginable so you do not have to compromise on your décor style
Low pile carpets are often preferred in nurseries for the reason that it mitigates dust allergy. If your child has any dust allergy, a low pile carpet is a good solution for a child’s room.
Carpets are dualistic in use, as they can be art collectibles and furniture, serving many purposes. They’ve withstood the times for their necessity, their beauty, and their artistry. With varying styles and motifs, sizes and shapes, there’s something for everyone. Our 2013 collection showcases the best of the most authentic and organic carpets in the industry. Our Damask Carpet selection this fall is breathtaking.
Damask Carpets originated from the city of Damascus, which during their commencement was a massive and important territory for trading and manufacturing. Damascus was located within the Silk Road where merchants and such could trade their goods.
Recently a museum quality Persian carpet was auctioned off for $33.76 million to the utter amusement of the crowd at Sotheby. Persian handmade carpets are revered for their beauty. These exception gems tend to retain their beauty regardless of age, no wonder many people choose them over conventional carpets for their interior décor. Regardless of the recent advancement in the carpeting field that has the use of natural and synthetic fibers that are much easier to clean and resistant to static, dirt as well as stains. Some even nearly as soft and smooth as Persian carpets like acrylic carpets. None the less, the aura of luxury and the unparalleled beauty of handmade Persian carpets is still unmatched by the earlier named
Well as carpets have traditionally been part of interior design, yet some recent new developments in the field of interior design have downplayed the use of carpets as people opt for tiles, marble or wooden floors. Also, the cleaning complications as well as allergen issues associated with carpets are some concerns. None the less, carpets have stood the test of time, and many still opt for them. Some even go as far as seeking handmade customized carpets due to their exquisite beauty.
The recent technological advancements have enabled significant improvements in the field of carpet cleaning, making it not only easier but also environmentally friendly. Now there are biodegradable carpet cleaning agents that are just as effective as chemical ones albeit being environmentally friendly. More so, the cleaning options are no longer limited to vacuuming or the old age dusting but now include shampooing, dry cleaning and bonnet cleaning. In addition, most cleaning options available today reinvigorate the lifespan of a carpet, enhancing its beauty and ridding it of impurities that could compromise its durability. Hence, if it is fear of the demanding carpet cleaning process that was holding you back from acquiring a carpet, worry no more, simply get yourself a luxurious carpet and enhance your interior décor.
Zeigler rugs have a well known reputation and have played an important role throughout history. Historically, they originate from Iran. Zeigler, a British Company, commissioned the making of these innovative carpets. Production of these rugs commenced around 1883. Woven most often with a fine wool referred to as Ghanzi, it is woven together to produce an unbelievable piece of art. These are innovative rugs because they combine western style with that of Persian fashion. As time has evolved, so have the designs to better suit the needs of a modernized interior décor. With beautiful understated colors, and a gradual sophistication, these striking rugs are unparalleled.
Nasiri’s Modern Persian Rugs
Shiraz rugs are considered the most well known of tribal Persian carpets.
A Broader Look at The Masterpiece
Specifically celebrated for their flat woven and pile carpets, they stand alone. Historically, Shiraz was a major market place for these carpets, thus over the years, their rugs have been named as Shiraz rugs. The Qashqai tribe has mastered their own weaving style, weaving together traditional designs with inimitable details and fashions including motifs passed down from generations by their families and ancestors. Their designs also combine tribal traditions with a certain style of the cities which surround them.
On Trend & On Site
Vintage is in this season. We come prepared. With our beautiful vintage pieces you’ll be feeling retro and loving it.
Nothing quite compares to the beauty and aesthetic of Persian antique carpets.
This carpet places one in a majestic forest with trees, birds, and flowers. One glance and it’s irresistible.
The perfect amount of time, care, and eminence mix making certain rugs only grow in their beauty and value. This is the case for Nasiri’s Antique rugs. Vibrant colors, patterns, designs, and motifs assimilate to offer gorgeous and inimitable rugs. We’re certain you will love these collectibles as much as we do. For more carpets come to our showroom or contact us.
For those considering a décor change in their home or those in need of an accent piece, we have just what you need.
For the room that’s missing that beguiling furnishing which truly ties everything together, look no further. If modern art speaks to you with a minimalist flair, our Kilim carpets are one of kind. They serve as a rug, collectible, and major piece of art work. Take a look!
By KATE MURPHY
ORIENTAL rugs have long been valued for their artistry and durability, not to mention their association with taste and gentility. But these days you don’t need to be a Brahmin to buy one. There is a glut of affordable Oriental rugs on the market, thanks to the end in 2000 of a 20-year embargo on Iranian textiles and an expanding range of other floor covering options.
Discerning quality can be tricky, because of the many subtleties in materials, design and craftsmanship. But if you use your senses, you can find a rug that not only suits your style but is also a sound investment.
But before you let a dealer unroll a single rug for you to examine, keep some basic guidelines in mind. Decide how much you want to spend and where you want to put the rug. If it is destined for the dining room, you’ll want it to be bigger than the table, and you may want a dark color that camouflages spills. And just so you don’t come across as a rug rube, call the rug a “carpet” only if it is more than 6 feet long.
Your next decision is whether to buy a modern or antique rug. Though there are exceptions, the best-quality rugs are either very old or very new but made in the old tradition, most dealers and collectors say. “There has been an effort in the last few years to return to the way rugs were made a century ago,” said Mark Hopkins, president of the New England Rug Society, a group of rug scholars and connoisseurs.
That was before the widespread use of chemically treated wool, synthetic dyes and mass production techniques discouraged weavers’ creativity. “Some of the new rugs are like the antiques in that they are unique, one of a kind, works of art,” said Mr. Hopkins, a retired advertising executive who has a large collection of Oriental rugs.
Prices vary according to design, provenance and condition, but you can get comparable antique and new room-size Oriental rugs for $2,000 to $10,000. Rare collector’s rugs, like a 12-by-14-foot Sultanabad circa 1870, may go for $100,000 to $200,000.
New rugs have the advantage of no wear, but an antique rug that is well made and well maintained will outlast your grandchildren – and hold its value or even appreciate. “I like to use the analogy of antique furniture,” said Carol Piper, an Oriental rug dealer in Houston. “You buy a beautifully made new sofa, and it’s just a used sofa the day after you bought it, whereas a valuable antique will still be a valuable antique.”
When evaluating a rug, look for warm colors that change hue when viewed from different angles. Avoid rugs with brash, one-note colors, like taxicab yellow or mailbox blue, as those can indicate synthetic, chemical dyes rather than natural dyes derived from plants and insects.
“The naturally dyed rugs are more aesthetically pleasing and more valuable,” said George Anavian, a rug dealer with showrooms in Santa Fe, N.M., and Manhattan who also teaches a rug appraisal course at New York University. And natural dyes do not run the way some synthetic ones do. Dampen a white handkerchief and rub it over the pile to check for color fastness.
Next, turn the rug over. Don’t worry about counting knots per square inch because the weave’s tightness does not always indicate value. More important is that the weave has some irregularity in the knotting. If it’s flawless, it may not be handmade; machine-made rugs are anathema to collectors.
“Often the most valuable and charming rugs are ones that have imperfections” – when the top and bottom border designs don’t match, for example, because the weaver could not see across to repeat exactly what had been done at the other end of the rug, Ms. Piper said.
Historically, the great carpet-making areas have been Iran, Turkey, Turkestan and the Caucasus. But you can also add Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, India and China to the list.
Look at the back of the rug to check for repairs – and to see if the rug may have been cut down from a larger size. Tip-offs are lines that look like seams running through the design, or obvious overstitching. “It’s not necessarily bad if the alterations are well done, but you want to know what you are getting,” Mr. Anavian said, because such modifications can reduce the value.
Check whether the colors on the back match those on the front. If not, it may have been chemically “aged” to appear antique. You can also check for such aging by separating the pile and looking for dark roots – like those of a bleached blond overdue for a hair appointment.
THE most durable and valuable rugs are usually made of wool and should feel soft, springy and lustrous. If a rug is frizzy or coarse, the wool has probably been scalded and mechanically spun, which strips away its protective fibers and lanolin, said George Jevremovic, president of Woven Legends, a rug importer in Philadelphia. “If it’s spun by hand, the wool keeps its natural Scotchgard against stains and wear,” he said.
You should also feel for uneven or thin areas in the pile – signs of wear or moth damage. These may not be apparent to the eye because they are often painted over. Fold the rug back and forth and listen for any creaking or cracking, indications of dry rot. And give the rug a whiff. A funky smell can signal rot or mold.
Dealers and appraisers say well-made Oriental rugs increase or at least hold their value over time, and collectors say that some rugs are worth 10 times what they were 20 years ago. But nothing is certain.
“You can’t predict how much a rug will be worth in 10 years any more than you can predict the value of a stock – look at Enron,” said Ms. Piper, in Houston, who has sold several rugs consigned by former executives of that company. More important than the potential return on investment, she said, is knowing “that you really love the rug, it pleases you and you want to live with it.”
Shiraz, the City of Roses, is also famous for carpets made with, vibrant colors, compact pile and high luster Persian wool. Nasiri Shiraz designs are extremely simple and uncluttered with large fields, bold stripes and geometric shapes that are sophisticated and primitive. The Shiraz carpet is a favorite of contemporary designers because of its beauty and utmost simplicity.
Kilim are elegant tribal flat weave carpets characterized by tightly woven, geometric designs. The pattern is created by the weft threads, which are spun looser than the warp and are completely covered when packed together. The Nasiri Kilim is made with organic Persian wool and natural dyes, our muted palette conveys ease and grace in any setting.
“Oriental carpets have been recognized as prestigious furnishing in the West since the Middle Ages. In many ways, they represent the epitome of Western concern with alien things – especially utilitarian alien things. Carpets entered the Western cultural arena as a rare item of interest and eventually became a commodity. But commoditization does not adequately explain their continuing success in the market or the special attention they receive from collectors.”
Brian Spooner, ‘Weavers and Dealers: the authenticity of an oriental carpet.’ From the book ‘The Social Life of Things,’ 1988
Of the Top Ten Most Expensive Carpets Sold at Auction in 2008, three are Zieglers.
Sotheby’s New York June 11, 2008 Sale N08456
A ZIEGLER Sultanabad CARPET, CENTRAL PERSIA,
Estimate 40,000—60,000 USD
Lot Sold. Hammer Price with Buyer’s Premium:
$ 182,500 USD
approximately 18ft. 6in. by 10ft. 9in. (5.64 by 3.28m.)
A Famous Carpet Company Finds New Life
Always famous, Ziegler & Co. is ushering in the new Persian Carpet renaissance from its American headquarters at Nasiri Carpet in New York,New York. While continuing its history of traditional quality and innovation. Using long-established methods, its workshops create subtle and beautiful carpets that fit both modern and traditional décor.
The Story of Ziegler part#1
Innovative and Traditional
The Anglo-Swiss Manchester-based company Ziegler & Co. produced exclusive Persian carpets in their own workshops in the Sultanabad region of Western Persia between 1875 and 1934. Eventually controlling 2,500 carpet looms in the area. Their economic presence became so great that the town was known as “Fort Ziegler”. Employing designers from major Western department stores, like B. Altman & Co. and Liberty of London, to modify Eastern designs for the more restrained Western tastes. Carpets produced from this partnership had a sense of open space and elegance.
There airy visual effects resulted from the design as well as from a weave much coarser than that of traditional carpets. Ziegler designer’s simplified and introduced repeated patterns producing carpets that reflect there Safavid past. Ziegler was present at the very birth of the carpet industry in Iran and was to become important in shaping how rugs would be produced in Sultanabad for the next fifty years. During their half-a-century of production, the company wove and imported thousands of rugs to Europe and America, transforming interior design.
Nasiri Carpets is committed to preserving the environment through traditional innovative approaches to the carpets we manufacture, as well as the partnerships we form with Artisans, Farmers and Shepherd’s who have been making sustainable eco-friendly carpets for generations. Sustainability,responsibility and continuous improvement are the tenets of our company and are shared by our partners in our rug-making communities.
Nasiri practices low-impact manufacturing processes while designing the most beautiful carpets on the market. In fact, our carpets are loomed using foot-pedal power, and colored by natural dyes from regional plants. We are small, family-owned company; our carpets are truly bespoke and have high secondary market value. Our custom, limited production of carpets makes certain we maintain our high standards for quality and environmental responsibility.
Nasiri Carpets is dedicated to preserving natural resources by creating highly efficient products, using low-impact manufacturing processes, and supporting traditional communities.
Nasiri regards innovation as something more than exceptional product quality, functionality and design. Not only our adherence to traditions, but also our commitment to society has an effect on the world of tomorrow.
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