Saturday, 5 September 2015

Majid's visit to Berlin Carpet Museum in 2015

Museum Island,'
In Berlin's busy Mitte, is an island of calm and grandeur, despite the crowds which gather most mornings to visit the three museums overlooking the banks of the Spree. Here the Persimmon Museum houses one of the most impressive and extensive collections of Islamic Art in Europe. From a stunning reconstruction of the decorative buildings of Aleppo, to the marvelous and imposing Ishtar Gate of Babylon, this collection reveals the long and glorious history of places now more well-known as current global 'trouble spots. photos on this page are taken by me.
You can find more verity of photographs of the beautiful carpets in this museum in the link below: 

We do have many revival design carpets woven of museum piece patterns using vegetable dyes and made to a special order by us in remote regions of Afghanistan and Samarkand in Uzbekistan.
 please check our album on Antique revivals in the Flickr-link in our website:

please check our album on Antique revivals in the Flickr-link in our website:


Thursday, 1 November 2012

My interesting trip to the city of Peshawar in Pakistan in search for Afghan carpets.

 Buying Afghani rugs in Peshawar is an interesting and challenging event. At the heart of the northern frontier province's old bazaar you will find old and rundown buildings, with many small shops occupying the same rambling building. These are full of old and new Afghani rugs and kilims, saddle bags and hand made textiles. 
Peshawar Bazaar
On occasion you are shown an antique and unrestored piece, with a very high asking price. These are kept in old wooden boxes, and are presented with understandable pride. Despite the high prices, these unique and irreplaceable pieces, often remnants of a dying art, are very difficult for dealers to resist.
One of highlights of days and nights searching in shops and buildings in the narrow crowded streets of Peshawar bazaar is going to kebab houses. Here beautifully marinated meat is cooked on open charcoal grills right in front of their cafe on the footpath.
  A merchant hosted a lunch for us at one such cafe and it was refreshing and relaxing to take a break from dusty carpet shops and the endless discussion about rugs and prices. We sat on old wooden beds, which were covered with old rugs, with a Sofreh in front of us. In this cozy setting we enjoyed salty yoghurt  drink, fresh naan just out of the Tandoor, and hot tender kebabs. 

  Peshawar is a main centre for Afghani merchants and trade. Here, amongst all the violence and destruction of contemporary Pakistan, trucks weave their way, loaded with handicrafts and carpets of all colours and description. These are the handwork of people committed to the culture and art of their people, in challenging and sometimes terrifying circumstances.
October 2010

Saturday, 10 December 2011

One of our new Afghan Zieglar carpets in a room which is designed by Beautiful Home :
All our custom made hand made rugs are made with consultation and advise from interior designers. 
Majid is involved in creating new hand knotted carpets in designs and colours that enhance Australian homes.