Monthly Archives: June 2013

Nomadic Carpets from Iran: Qashqai, Lurs, and Bakhtiari

A jumble of mini-motifs

Whatever interest I have in oriental rugs, whatever knowledge I have gained about them, whatever research and travel I have undertaken to seek them—I owe it all to a Qashqai carpet. My wife bought it in Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar (after haggling mercilessly, like a good Indian, with a not-so-wily Turkish salesman) because she liked its unusual patterns and sanguine colours, and brought it home without knowing much else about it.

I eyed it with skepticism at first, as I do all my wife’s profligate purchases, complaining that the colours were too dark and uniform, and that the multitude of small motifs in the medallion were indistinct and messy. But in fact it started to grow on me very quickly, perhaps because of this very oddness, this lack of clean, recognizable figures, this disorderliness that makes it so tribal. I was particularly intrigued by the quirky scarab motifs in the corners, …

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Arastan at Soul Sante this coming Sunday

Ikat and Turkmen Embroidered Cushions

From Morocco to Turkey, through Azerbaijan in the Caucasus to Iran, Uzbekistan and onward through central Asia to China, Thailand and Laos, we are bringing a selection of authentic handcrafted objets d’art to Soul Sante this Sunday.

View our latest Uzbek ceramic, Pakistani tribal cushions, Palewa stoneware, Zardozi gift boxes, South African beaded necklaces, Thai fabric accessories and more…

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Sunday’s event features FOReSIGHT 2013, a car rally for the blind, a fashion show presented by Prasad Bidappa and the Sunday Soul Sante flea market, with over 150 stalls. Please do attend, and enjoy what we and the other exhibitors have to offer. The fun starts at 12 noon at Manpho Convention Center Grounds, next to Manyata Tech Park on the Outer Ring Rd at Nagavara near Hebbal. Visit the Sunday Soul Sante Facebook page for further details.

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