our oriental rug story


Oriental rugs have always been part of my life, from my early childhood in Iran through to the present day. Like many Iranians, rug-making has been a cultural hobby and tradition in my family for generations, and I fell in love with the artistic combination of colors, forms, and textures while watching my mother and grandmother knotting rugs at home. That artistry connects directly to the emotions—not only through color and form, but through tactile sensation.


I left Iran as a young man and settled in the US, and the seeds that were planted in childhood took root here in my adult years, first as a photographer, and later as a purveyor of fine Oriental rugs. Now three decades hence, those seeds have fully matured, and have taken form as the Art Interpreted Collection of fine hand-made Oriental rugs.


Hand-knotted rugs are artisan in nature, and each is unique, with a singular combination of materials, dyes, designs, and skill. The very best examples take on a mysterious, even mythical quality that transcends the materials and even the craftsmanship involved. In the course of thirty years, I’ve seen countless variations and combinations of these components that range from the simple to the sublime. But it wasn’t until recently that I felt ready to begin to interpret other art forms using the traditions and techniques of the rug-making world.


When artwork is rendered as an Oriental rug, the intent is not, and cannot be, to produce a precise copy of the original work. Rug-making is an art unto itself, with it’s own character and nature. The result must serve both the essence of the original artwork, and the nature of the woven textile medium. Colors, materials, the marriage of form and function—these must respect both the original artwork and the finished rug. Art Interpreted, in this sense, is both a curiosity and a journey—and the process is demanding.


It has been a great privilege to work with each artist on this project. I am incredibly proud of the collection and happy to share it with the world. The extraordinary quality of these rugs is a reflection not only of the quality and character of the artists and their work, but of the demanding and immensely satisfying work of bringing each collection to life. It is the best work of my career and I am honored to have worked with each artist to make it a reality.


To view our rug selection visit us at our Newly Opened Eastview Mall location (between Pottery Barn & Willams Sonoma). Or contact us by phone or our contact form with any questions.

805 Eastview Mall, Victor, NY 14564