I’ve gushed before about my aunt and uncle’s incredible style, but I should also point out that they’re actually really incredible people with the style to match. Which is an opinion I would hold anyway, regardless of whether or not they gave me this awesome antique oriental rug last time I saw them.
My uncle has been collecting antique oriental rugs for the last forty years and has amassed quite a collection. And the man knows everything about rugs, it’s pretty unreal. Not that I have any super incredible personal collections to speak of, but I think I understand the special bond one can develop with such objects– those things we might stumble upon or hunt for endlessly, the ones that make our little hearts sing when we find each other. So I was totally floored by the generosity of passing one of these rugs on to me.
Anyway, I’ve been trying to educate myself on oriental rugs, but evidently I’m not a very good student. I can’t remember what this style of rug is called, despite having been told twice. I think it starts with an S (and it’s not a Sarouk, so don’t even say it). Don’t worry, I’ve slapped myself on your behalf and I’ll totally make it my business to find out.
Here’s what I do know: it’s old. Like very old. And I like that. I like the frayed edges and the imperfections and the worn fibers. It’s actually a pile rug (with the exception of the couple inches on the right side of the above photo, where it’s flat-weave), but decades of traffic have given it almost the texture of a kilim.
Third picture, just for funsies. I know these close-cropped photos don’t provide a very satisfying view of the space, but the surrounding living room still needs a significant amount of beautification. It’s not fair to me, to you, or to this gorgeous rug that the rest of this room should be so blah. So I’m trying to fix that. More on that mission very soon.
Edit: Uncle Tom has set the record straight! “The rug is an Afshar from the Fars District of southern Persia and likely dates from the 1890-1910 era.” I told you he knows everything.