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Gagarin, Lupus Fundraiser
SWB goes Persian to raise funds for Lupus Foundation

Gagarin,
Lupus Fundraiser


Dr. Mostafa Beik
Collector of fine Persian Rugs
Email: 
MostafaBeik@gmail.com
 

Beauty in Simplicity
Simple Kashan Rug
Semi-antique circa 1960-70
Approx. 3.5 x 5'
If your raffle ticket is not the winner of this lovely rug, Dr. Beik does have more available, although the price is quite higher than a $50 raffle ticket :)

I hope this "simple" rug will bring to you the seeds of love to learn more about the art of Persian rugs and help to develop better understanding of the art, history and culture that is woven into this piece.

Dr. Mostafa Beik
Collector of Fine Persian Rugs

Dr. Mostafa Beik is an international business executive.  For over 3 decades, Dr. Beik has studied the art of Oriental and Persian Rugs developing knowledge and appreciation of these great pieces of art. He loves to share that knowledge and unique experience with a small but select community who want to expand their world of fine Oriental and Persian rugs through acquiring these fine pieces. He has worked with a select clientele on a one to one basis helping them to develop the knowledge and the love for these beautiful pieces of art and ultimately acquire a collection of very fine new or antique rugs that have more artistic and intrinsic value to them.

Email: MostafaBeik@gmail.com 


Gagarin, FEI Swedish Warmblood,
shown with Antique Persian Turkoman Tribal Rug circa 1910 - 1935
©janicefischer

Antique Nomadic Saddle Rug

This beautiful antique saddle rug was made and used by the nomadic tribes located in the Northeast corner of Iran.  The Region is mainly known as Turkmenistan.  This saddle rug is considered an antique rug having an age between 75 to 100 years.  The weavers in this area use mainly geometric forms known as “tribal guls” in their design.  It has a beautiful cream field with red in the border (the cream field is where the saddle would sit and is not visible in this photo).  The tribal rugs tend to be of the smaller size since the nomadic people had to have the ability to pack and move the loom.  They typically used vegetable dyes that tend to produce beautiful mellow colors and special patina as the rugs age.  The major Turkoman weaving tribes were the Tekke, the Beshir, the Ersari, the Saryk, the Chodor, the Arabatchi and the Salor.

Tapestry Behind Gagarin

The background piece behind Gagarin is a "tapestry". It is a "re-production" of what was truly some of the greatest weaving art that was being done in Europe (France, Belgium, ...) in 15th-17th centuries. It was a "flat weave" type of weaving meaning there is no pile. The materials used were mainly cotton and silk with sometimes gold threads and were meant to be hung on the wall in the great halls in castles and palaces.


Beauty in Simplicity

Simple Kashan Rug
Semi-antique circa 1960-70
Donated by Dr. Mostafa Beik


What makes this so beautiful is the ability to take "simplicity" as the core way of living and "weave" layers of music and dance into it which bring simplicity and complexity together in the final production of the ballet by Martha Graham..


Beauty in Simplicity
Simple Kashan Rug
Semi-antique circa 1960-70
I hope this "simple" rug will bring to you the seeds of love to learn more about the art of Persian rugs and help to develop better understanding of the art, history and culture that is woven into this piece.
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I hope this "simple" rug will bring to you the seeds of love to learn more about the art of Persian rugs and help to develop better understanding of the art, history and culture that is woven into this piece.

Beauty in Simplicity
By: Dr. Mostafa Beik

The Shaker's song the Simple Gifts starts with the following verses:
'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free,
'Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
'Twill be in the valley of love and delight.

"Simple Gifts" was written by Elder Joseph while he was at the Shaker community in Alfred, Maine in 1848. The song was largely unknown outside of Shaker communities until it became world famous when Aaron Copland composed the music for Martha Graham's ballet, Appalachian Springs first performed in 1944. What makes this so beautiful is the ability to take "simplicity" as the core way of living and "weave" layers of music and dance into it which bring simplicity and complexity together in the final production of the ballet by Martha Graham..

That is what you see in the beautiful simple rug that is being raffled in the Lupus Foundation benefit event. The rug is from the city of Kashan in central Persia. Kashan was designated as the center of fine Persian rug weaving during the Safavid dynasty in 16th Century. The silk rugs produced in the city in 17th and 18th centuries are highly collectable and many are housed by the museums specializing in fiber arts around the world.

What makes this rug so beautiful is the "simple red field" which in turn makes the curvilinear central medallion stand out and gives the rug a three dimensional sense. This shade of red is the signature color of Kashan rugs. The rug has cotton foundation with fine wool for the field. Its age is somewhere between forty to fifty years so it is considered a "semi antique" rug. It can be used on the floor and if you have appropriate space wall space, it  can be hung. 

Because of it's special design, it would be a very beautiful "woven painting". 

I hope this "simple" rug will bring to you the seeds of love to learn more about the art of Persian rugs and help to develop better understanding of the art, history and culture that is weaved into this piece.

 

 

The Hamadan

This rug is from city of Hamadan in the western part of Iran .  The overall design of the rug is a floral pattern.  The rugs with floral patterns tend to be from workshops in cities.  The field color in this rug is cream which is extremely rare and highly desirable and sought after by collectors.  The border is blue with the floral pattern.  The central medallion is also blue and has the floral design with different color flowers.  The overall design is well balanced.

 

 

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