Why Are Persian Rugs So Expensive?

I see this question come up time and again; when in reality, the question should be ‘why are Persian rugs worth so much?’ After all, the record price paid for a 17th Century Persian carpet through Sotheby’s in New York stands at $33.8m (£26.2m). The prevalent art of weaving rugs can be traced back well…

A guide to buying antique Oriental rugs and care

A Persian rug is never out of style, be it adorning the palatial homes of Henry VIII or draped on one of the most iconic pieces of furniture in the world, Freud’s couch. A Persian rug or runner readily blends into contemporary spaces bringing character to modern city living, while a grand large Persian rug sits easily in a room…

Covid 19 And Its Effects On Rug Production in Iran

Iran is one of the countries that the Covid19 (Corona) virus is spreading rapidly. The prevention of the spread of the Virus is not helped by the misleading coverage of the national media. However, a significant number of people have taken matters into their own hands by setting up roadblocks to the entrance of towns,…

CORONAVIRUS TRANSMISSION. CAN IT BE TRANSMITTED THROUGH MATERIAL SUCH AS RUGS

The News is all about Coronavirus and Iran is one of the countries with rapidly spreading, Corona Virus or Covid19. There are a lot of myths about this disease, which feeds on people’s lack of information and legitimate worries. The Virus itself can be transmitted quite easily if you are in close contact with an…

5 celebrity admirers of oriental rugs

While handmade oriental rugs are by no means items that one requires celebrity validation in order to proudly own, it is nonetheless intriguing to know more about the many famous owners of Persian and oriental rugs, including their purchasing and ownership experiences. Some of the carpet-related stories of the below-celebrated figures make for very interesting reading indeed….

Who were the ‘tribes’ behind today’s tribal rugs?

“Tribal rugs” are often defined quite broadly, as rugs that were woven by the nomadic or semi-nomadic weavers of such tribes as the Belouch, Turkmen, Qashqai and Turks. These rugs can also be distinguished by their appearance, as they tend to have quite geometric motifs compared to the more floral and curvilinear motifs used on…

How to remove a stain from your Persian carpet

The above question is one that all too many of us only ask ourselves once a stain has actually occurred – at which point, we are furiously looking up instructions that we may be liable to misinterpret, with potentially devastating consequences for our carpet’s condition. This is why we offer our own Persian carpet cleaning…

Sharafi & Co sponsors Anne Marie K’s Central Saint Martins’ exhibition

We have always taken pride in stocking some of the most stylish oriental rugs in London here at Sharafi & Co, so we are delighted by any opportunity to further affirm our fashion credentials. That has been the case with the new exhibition at Central Saint Martins by one of the legendary art and design…

What are the most expensive oriental carpets ever sold?

While you are browsing the many highly affordable Persian rugs in our clearance range, it may interest you to learn more about some of the oriental carpets that have previously changed hands for much more generous sums. Persian rugs have consistently been purchased for staggering amounts For the first example of an oriental rug that sold for…

What is a kilim rug?

Among the many terms that you may encounter when you are perusing oriental and Persian rugs is ‘kilim’, which refers to a flat tapestry-woven carpet or rug. These items are produced from the Balkans to Pakistan and have been found to date back to at least the fourth or fifth century CE in Hotan, China….

5 interesting ways to use your oriental style rug

Such is the reassuringly traditional exotica that the finest oriental rugs exude, when you acquire your own oriental style rug, it may be tempting to simply use it in a very traditional way. However, oriental rugs are also works of art that tantalise and reward the imagination. It may therefore make sense to use yours…

Are Persian Rugs A Good Investment?

Persian rugs can be good investments if you make the right choices. Those who own an antique Persian rug passed on from previous generations will vouch for its durability.  While Oriental rug antique collectors will tell you, a diligently chosen Persian rug is unlikely to decrease in value. Persian rugs offer the buyer a resale value that a mass-produced modern rug does not. Even…

The Ardabil Carpet – the most prestigious of all oriental rugs in London

The oriental carpets and bespoke rugs that Sharafi & Co offers for the delectation of admirers of such works of art in London may be – if we dare say so – exquisite in their own right, but they are also part of one of the world’s noblest carpet-making traditions. For an even deeper sense…

A short history of antique Persian rugs

While, here in the UK, there are undoubtedly many admirers of the aesthetic of antique Persian rugs, there is not always much thought given by many buyers to such pieces’ rich heritage and broader cultural associations. Indeed, the Persian rug is inextricably bound with the fascinating history of what is now Iran. For more than 2,500 years,…

What are the best ways to clean oriental rugs and carpets?

Here at Sharafi & Co, we are proud to say that we don’t merely stock oriental and Persian rugs for purchase, but also offer an acclaimed antique oriental rug cleaning service that caters to the very specific professional rug cleaning requirements. But what else is it useful to know about how you can keep such a handmade…

Why choose Sharafi & Co when you require Persian carpets in London?

There are few items of household decor that have gained quite the cultural currency that the Persian carpet or rug has. Its history can be traced back an incredible 2,500 years, and it’s fair to say that across the generations, Iranians have more than demonstrated their ingenuity and skill as carpet weavers. To this day,…

Most Popular Antique Rugs in History

Antique carpets and rugs have caught the eyes of collectors from all over the world. They are known to be representative of the history of the region where they were made and reflect the art as well as the political, economic or social situations of the community. The designs tell the story of ancient civilizations and…

Our antique rugs work even in contemporary settings

Even if, like many people, you are a great admirer of the kind of antique rugs that we can offer here at Sharafi & Co, you might not have imagined they would work well in a more contemporary-looking living space. Well, the truth is that such traditional and modern elements can be made to work…