The Persian Carpet
Sunday, March 13, 2005
  The Origin of Mohtashem Kashan Carpets Guide to Motashem Kashan Rugs and Carpets: "The Origin of Mohtashem Kashan Carpets
In The Persian Carpet A. Cecil Edwards suggested that Haj Mullah Hassan introduced the modern Kashan carpet through his Arak born wife. This certainly has the ring of truth at least to the Arak origin of Mohtashem Kashan. A significant number of the older Mohtashem Kashan carpets use what I call a tulip and blossom border. Old Mahal Carpets also use a variation of the tulip and blossom border. Mohtashem Kashan carpets and Mahal carpets both use an asymmetrical knot open to the left. Mahal carpets ranges from 60 to 150 knots per square inch, with the older ones tending towards the lower end of the scale. Mohtashem Kashans ranges from 200 to 300 knots per square inch, with the older ones tending towards the upper end of the scale. An interesting thing about Mohtashem Kashans is that the oldest examples tend to have the highest knot counts but a certain crudeness of design. This seems completely logical if they were created by weavers using Mahal carpets as their model." 
Thursday, February 17, 2005
  Guide to Silk Rugs and Carpets Of Iran Guide to Silk Rugs and Carpets Of Iran: "Guide to Silk Rugs and Carpets Of Iran
This is a start to serve as a hub for the collection of my notes on silk, part silk and silk foundation rugs of Iran.

Kashan Rugs and Carpets
Kashan is noted for the use of silk. All silk rugs are common and silk and metal rugs are not unheard of. Silk highlights are less common and a silk foundation with wool pile is unusual. "Mohtashem" Kashan rugs are generally wool with magenta or lavender silk selvages.

Thursday, July 01, 2004
  Guide to Heriz Rugs & Carpets by Barry O'Connell, Guide to Heriz Rugs & Carpets by Barry O'Connell, "Heriz Rugs are made in the Heriz district about 40 miles west of Tabriz in Northwest Iran. The Heriz rugs reflect a geometric rendering of Tabriz designs. Heriz is the market center collection point for the region in Iran in-between Tabriz and Ardabil. Heriz is one of the more important production areas for the US market. The wool is excellent and the construction is sound making hard-wearing durable carpets. Next to Bijars these are some of the toughest Persian carpets.
Ahar is the northern end of the region and produces the most curvilinear carpets. It runs east to Sarab, south to Duz Duzan and west to Bilverdi. There are various grades of Heriz from finest to coarsestthey are Ahar, Mehraban, Serapi, Bakshaish, and Gorevan. They use a cotton foundation and the knot counts average from 25 to 80 per square inch. " 
Wednesday, June 30, 2004
  SOUTHWEST ASIA: - More tall tales and crazy stories from Paul Wolfowitz SOUTHWEST ASIA: - More tall tales and crazy stories from Paul Wolfowitz: " - More tall tales and crazy stories from Paul Wolfowitz - National News:

More tall tales and crazy stories from Paul Wolfowitz. Here we see Wolfowitz making the trek from the Pentagon across the river to Capitol hill to spin more yarns. One would think if Wolfowitz had any integrity that after the WMD Fiasco Wolfowitz would stick to the facts. His scud missile launchers turned out to be round Iraqi chicken Coops. Now he is claiming an elderly Palestinian bomb maker has come out of retirement to attack the US. Either way so what, but if Wolfowitz has proof it is time to show it rather than more of his wild stories. Why does Wolfowitz tell these yarns, I have to assume he was told to by the people he really works for. Wolfowitz is often accused of Dual Loyalty but it is hard to detect any loyalty at all to the USA. If Bush wants a second term it is time for Wolfowitz to go. JBOC

'Wolfowitz alleges that notorious Palestinian is making bombs designed to kill Americans, but other officials say there is no evidence" 
  Ecclesiastical Clothes and Objects? Exhibition Opens in Isfahan Description of Selected News: "

"Ecclesiastical Clothes and Objects? Exhibition Opens in Isfahan

Tehran Times Culture Desk
TEHRAN (MNA) -- An exhibition of ?Ecclesiastical Clothes and Objects? opened at Vank Church, Isfahan, concurrent with the quarter centenary of Armenian settlement in the region of Jolfa, Isfahan Province.
Over one hundred pieces of ecclesiastical clothes and objects will be on display during the ten-day exhibition.
A reliquary of sacred oil, capes, belts, embroidered and inlaid clothes, old coverings, a folio of the Holy Bible, and special silver pots are among the exhibits.
Sponsored by Vartan Davudian, the exhibition intends to introduce the precious works of Armenians to visitors." 
Sunday, June 27, 2004
  Tabriz was once the center of culture and Islamic civilization Tabriz was once the center of culture and Islamic civilization

Tabriz Was Once Heart of Culture, Islamic Civilization: British Researcher

Tehran Times Culture Desk
TEHRAN (MNA) -– A British researcher says the city of Tabriz was once the center of culture and Islamic civilization.

Talking to reporters, Professor Leonard Lewison said the Azerbaijan region and the city of Tabriz during the Mongol era, until the Safavid dynasty gained suzerainty, was the center of Irano-Islamic civilization.

Participating in the commemoration ceremony of Sheikh Mahmud Shabestari in Tabriz, Lewison described citizen involvement in honoring this renowned mystic as lively and admirable. He said their participation demonstrated they were curious about their past magnificent culture.

Lewison described Shabestari’s The Mystic Rose Garden as masterfully written as other literary and Islamic philosophical works written by Hafiz, Rumi or Eraqi within the realm of Persian literature. "The Mystic Rose Garden" is the best and smallest poetic work about mysticism; Lewison noted the book was a reliable source for the mystics even after the elapse of many years
  Arts of Asia - Eskenazi to Close gallery Arts of Asia: "JE: Ive done this job for twenty-seven years, ten years in London. I think it has to do with a mid-life change, rather than a mid-life crisis. I dont want to postpone things until I'm dead. My goal is to work by appointment, initially from my home in London. In the end I am trying to concentrate on the very best, selling just a few pieces a year, to focus on my health, family, research and publishing books. I am one of the founders of The Art Newspaper. I'm doing three or four books now.

About 85 per cent of my clients are in America. That is why I do the Armory Fair. Possibly I will do an exhibition in the Fall in a New York gallery. If you sit in your own gallery, the great pieces wont come to you. I am not closing because of the new law. If you talk to my friends, you will know I have been thinking about this for some years.

However, the new law will kill the English art market for nothing. The market will just move elsewhere. We need rules and regulations, but they must take into consideration the reality of the market, and make a difference between objects that can be legally exported and those that cannot." 
Thursday, June 24, 2004

Very Cool to see a link from someone who knows my brother Jim. Thanks, JBOC

A comprehensive look at Persian carpets and rugs

Enjoyed Barry O'Connell's two BlogSpots on Persian Rugs and The Persian Carpet, and his main site of various notes and guides to The Persian Carpet in its many forms. Fascinating pictures and links. A great find.

Thanks to American blogger Jim O'Connell in Tokyo (Barry's brother). " 
  Are finely knotted rugs better than others? Are finely knotted rugs better than others?: "Among the finest rugs in Iran today are the Rugs of Isfahan. It is not unusual to see Isfahan Rugs range from 576 (24 by 24) to 676 (264 by 26) knots per square inch and some workshops have reached 900 to 1000 knots per square inch. I take a look at some of the very best carpets ever made in Visiting with Master Faizullah Haghighi. " 
Sunday, June 06, 2004
  Congratulations to Gholam Ali Haddad-Adel New Iranian speaker Notes on Gholam Ali Haddad-Adel: "Notes on Speaker Gholam Ali Haddad-Adel

Gholam Ali Haddad-Adel is the gentleman second from the right in the first row. Photo:
Gholam Ali Haddad-Adel was elected to a one year term as Speaker of the Seventh Majles on June 6, 2004
Gholam Ali Haddad-Adel is a member of the Majlis (The Islamic Consultative Assembly) from Tehran. Haddad-Adelis a professor of literature and philosophy at Tehran University and author of numerous books and text books. Haddad-Adelis is head of the state sponsored Academy of Persian Language and Literature.
Gholam Ali Haddad-Adel was born in Tehran Iran in 1945. He is close to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Most sources suggest a marriage tie but they vary widely. The Western press usually says that the son of Haddad-Adel is married to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei daughter. Other sources suggest it is Haddad-Adel's daughter and Khamenei's son or that Haddad-Adel himself is married to Khamenei's younger daughter. Whatever the truth is the men are allies.
Haddad-Adel belongs to a political party called Coalition of Builders of Islamic Iran and is politically allied with Former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani." 

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