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Friday, 9 December 2011


CARPETS & RUGS - the most romantic links to the past were made along the Silk Road for centuries.

Kilims from Anatolia in Turkey and The Caucasus; carpets from Persia, Bokhara, Samarkand, Tibet & Bessarabia.

Pile and cotton dhurries from India - Moghul designs in Agra carpets persist to this  day - European rugs and carpets made in Spain, Portugal [best for needlepoint rugs], England and France [Savonnerie and Aubusson], and Morocco and Tunisia and Egypt and China and America for palaces and tents.

At John Stefanidis Brands Ltd, we have designed rugs made all over the world.  There is always a moment of astonishment when a design, only previously seen as a small drawing with wool samples, is finally rolled  out.

A cotton dhurrie made for a house in Greece 
In my practice we have taken inspiration  from:

Moghul carpet 17thC

18th C. Savonnerie carpet
The Nigde carpet 17th C.

Turkish rugs first came to be known in Italy and the rest of the Western world after the Siege of Constantinople in 1204 during the First Crusade.  The rugs were portrayed in paintings: 
Nicholas Eliasz Pickenoy [1620]

The very best antique carpets, rugs and tapestries in London can be found at: 
  • C. John, 70 South Audley Street, London, W1K 2RA
  • S. Francis, 80 Jermyn Street, London, SW1Y 6JD

The best rugs and carpets made now are from: 
  • Luke Irwin, 22 Pimlico Road, London, SW1W 8LJ
  • Sinclair Till, 793 Wandsworth Road, London, SW8 3JQ owned by John Canessa

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