Tauris - Four Gardens of Paradise Carpet 12'3" x 9'

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The finishing of this carpet was done using centuries old traditional techniques. Once its laborious hand-knotting was completed, it was rolled and entirely submerged in a sanitizing bath where its fibers fully absorbed all cleaning liquid. After which it was laid flat on the ground where a team of cleaners used wooden oar-like paddles to push the water through its fibers and draw out impurities. Oar strokes were done in sync to prevent the carpet from getting torn. Each stroke tightened the knots even further. No machines were involved in its washing or drying.

Materials & Craftsmanship:
This diligently hand-knotted area rug is made of 100% pure lamb’s wool. Wool is a natural material, representing a healthy choice that is environmentally friendly with a long list of benefits. The pile of this wool rug is hygienic and non-allergenic, as the natural pile also deters the growth of bacteria and dust mites. It represents a great choice for asthma sufferers due to its natural filtering ability. The rug feels soft under the foot while remaining wear-resistant and long-lasting. With proper maintenance tailored to its needs, this rug can last over 75 years.

Homeowners benefit from an extra grip which is important for balance, good posture, and accident prevention. Moreover, wool rugs are flame resistant. Cleaning is also easier due to a protective layer that pushes dirt up and resists staining. In fact, it will trap dirt and dust until it is vacuumed. A wool rug is also a great option for adding the look and feel of luxury to any space, as wool is a luxurious material.

A Brief History of Garden of Paradise Rugs & Carpets

The word "paradaiza" comes from the ancient Zoroastrian language, Avesta. It is formed from the two root words, pairi and daeza, pairi meaning park and deaza meaning surrounded by walls. It is from this which the biblical concept of Eden is derived. The Qur'an also contains the idea of paradise, eternal happiness awaiting the devout Muslim after death.

A Timurid miniature, painted in 1430 and residing in the Museum of Decorative Arts, shows the legendary lovers Humay and Humayun finding themselves in such a garden. Pairs of cypress trees are more ancient symbols of paradise. In Iran, before the development of Islam, it was believed that the moon was a source of eternal life, its elixir contained in the sap of the moon tree-- usually represented as a cypress. The paradise gardens were vast game reserves where the game was saved for monarchs to practice their favourite sport, hunting. Inspired from the miniature, the garden, symbol of both earthly and heavenly delights, gave rise to a variety of carpet designs.

Most of the carpets with the Gardens of Paradise design are ornated with a central pendant medallion over a floral background and evoke the sight of a spring landscape. The design often contains cypress pairs , a blossoming prunus tree, fruit trees, birds and wild animals (both real and imagined)-- some animals represented in combat and others shown alone. It also frequently contains houris and, occasionally, musicians. The borders are decorated with finely designed and interlaced flowers and arabesques ornated with lotus flowers, pairs of birds and animals that are interwoven between streams of clouds or between motifs of repeated patterns. Many of these carpets, among which we find the Hatvany fragments, partially residing in the Los Angeles County Museum as well as in Berlin, are distinguished by the same light color background found in the miniature of Humay and Humayun.

Sources and inspiration: Bérinstain, Valérie, et al. L'art du tapis dans le monde (The art of carpets in the world). Paris: Mengès, 1996. Print.; Jerrehian Jr., Aram K.A. Oriental Rug Primer. Philadelphia: Running Press, 1980. Print.; Herbert, Janice Summers. Oriental Rugs, New York: Macmillan, 1982. Print.; Hackmack, Adolf. Chinese Carpets and Rugs, Rutland and Tokyo: Tuttle, 1980. Print. ; De Moubray, Amicia, and David Black. Carpets for the home, London: Laurence King Publishing, 1999. Print.; Jacobsen, Charles. Oriental Rugs A Complete Guide, Rutland and Tokyo: Tuttle, 1962. Print.; Bashir, S. (n.d.). Personal interview.; Web site sources and dates of consultation vary (to be confirmed). Without prejudice to official usage.