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Roz's Journal

Roz's Journal

Faheema's Story, Part I

Verses, by Faheema Eissar

By the age of seven, I was weaving carpets 16 hours a day and had become the principal source of income for my family. My father, who had been a general under a previous government, was a marked man. Our family was repeatedly forced to flee...

Lay Out the Sofreh, People!

These textiles were not made for the surrounding markets, rather as household items, woven by the women of the family. Persian weddings practice this tradition with a multitude of symbolic elements.

Let There Be Peace

These rugs depict feelings of opposition by the women weavers through thematic war designs. Living in a war-torn country, everything these women saw - tanks, military vehicles, assault rifles, helicopters, etc. - made their way into the rugs. 


To be candid, kilims could be some of the most artistic rugs to date. They are made from a blend of cultures, nomads passing through lands during migrations, sharing ideas and designs, and there are UNLIMITED designs. 


Classifying rugs as Shiraz is misleading; according to several authors no actual rugs were made in Shiraz itself. 

Let's talk RED!

Red is a widely used color, ranging anywhere from pale pink, red orange to bright magenta.

Into the Wild

Animals play a key part in the development of hand-made rugs.

An Ancient Weaving Tradition Creates Tribal Wine Carriers

As our Rustigian community already knows, the city of Shiraz once produced the finest wine in the world, dating back to 9th century Persia. In a way, you can consider these carriers a homage to their historical roots.

The Best Experiences Happen When Traveling

He was aghast at the thought of sitting next to me, the un-shrouded western woman. All boarding stopped while the family rearranged itself so that I had two female seat-mates in my row.

VIDEO: Why Afghan Rugs Sell Themselves

As told by Roz Rustigian…

They're colorful and they're cheerful. They make you smile. That's pretty typical. And the people that sell them to me could not be nicer, could not be sweeter. They know tragedy and they know triumph. I think that comes through in their art. I really do. They're everything that a handmade rug should be. The wool quality is superb, and the craftsmanship is superb. Rugs from Afghanistan sell themselves. I don't have to sell them.

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