Window Watch: Agra, “A Thing of Beauty” and “Stellar Suzani”


#36703    Fine Afghan

#36703 Fine Afghan   8.10  x  12.3

     The lovely “antique finish” Agra hanging in WINDOW LEFT  measures 8.10 x 12.3. This piece was hand-knotted in northern Afghanistan by ethnic Turkmen women over a period of 11-12 months using handspun vegetally dyed, local Ghazni wool.

  The city of Agra contains the most perfect jewel of Islamic art in India, the renowned Taj Mahal (one of the Seven Wonders of the World). The construction of the Taj Mahal and the creation of this exquisite Agra pattern took place during the Mughal period. The caliber of design during this time remains unrivaled.

     The classic color palette, for these pieces include delicate shades of blue, green and fawn. The artist’s use of a rich earthy brown thoughtfully grounds and adeptly elucidates the piece’s refined motifs of soft blues, ivories and pale greens. The backdrop of spring green creates a refreshing ambiance.  The artist’s design dating back to the 1600’s endures in a glorious fashion: 


“A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:

Its loveliness increases; it will never

Pass into nothingness; but still will keep

A bower quiet for us, and a sleep

Full of sweet dreams and health,

and quiet breathing. “

John Keats


#36703    Afghan Suzani   9 x 12,3

#36703 Afghan Suzani 9 x 12,3

     The stellar Afghan Suzani hanging in WINDOW RIGHT measures 9 x 12.3. This piece was hand-knotted in northern Afghanistan by ethnic Uzbek women over a period of 7-8 months using handspun, vegetally dyed, local Ghazni wool.

     The color palette of madder red, coral and charcoal radiates; the citron, gold, and kelly green keep it fresh, while the ivory and pale blue bring in air and add a lightness to the piece.

     The enchanting Suzani is comprised of two designs: one representing the heavens, the other the earth. The heavenly design consists of big red flowers, referred to as “orbs”, think orbit. The flowers symbolize the sun, moons and stars. The earthly design is a “Chor-chirog”design, which signifies Sacred Fire. In this charming motif, four oblong palmettes, called “bodoms” branch out from a central flower.  The bodoms symbolize fertility and life. The “Sacred Fire” has an expurgatory power, which removes bad thoughts and preserves the good energy.  

     The artist’s charming, balanced and lively design (from heaven above and earth below) elevates and grounds a space with a happy energy  :)

“It was one of those happy days that God grants us sometimes on earth

to give us an idea of the bliss of heaven.”

Johann David Wyss.


Winter Repeated – Post Repeated

Could not resist doing a “repeat” of this post

since this winter continues to “repeat”  “repeat”  “repeat” :)


Staying Home this Winter

will be a lot Warmer & Exciting this Year!

Finely Hand-knotted Gherous Bijar  Afghanistan

Finely Hand-knotted Gherous Bijar Afghanistan

     The thoughtful and intricate use of design and color in the exquisite Gherous Bijar creates an enchanting and elegant ambiance that beckons all that enter to …

both rest and dream.


Kebabian Rug “Pleasing to the Eye,

Satisfying to the Mind”

Rosa Bell Holt


Melding the Traditional with the Contemporary

“Melding the Traditional with the Contemporary”

Afghan Heriz

Afghan Heriz

 Edgar Allen Poe, “The soul of the apartment is the carpet.”

    Calming, Engaging and Beautiful

Afghan Heriz

     The graceful Afghan Heriz beautifully grounds the room.  The effect is very appealing and encourages all who enter to rest and engage.

      Interior designer, Edward Lobrano uses Oriental rugs  “because of their ability to work well in his transitional interiors that meld the traditional with the contemporary.”  The Decorative Carpet, Alix G. Perrachon.  The graceful Afghan Heriz contributes in no small part to all the elements of the room coming together flawlessly.



Window Watch Beautiful Antique Bijar & Synergetic Khotan


#35963   Antique Bijar ca. 1920's  8.9 x 11.8

#35963 Antique Bijar ca. 1920’s 8.9 x 11.8

     Displayed in WINDOW LEFT is a lovely Antique Persian Bijar measuring 8.9 by 11.8.  This piece was hand-knotted in western Persia by Kurdish women, using handspun, vegetally dyed, local mountain sheep wool. 

      In spite of their “coarse”  weave, no other type exceeded the beauty or durability of the Persian Bijars made during the period of 1923-30. The extensive use of various Persian motifs is unequalled. Also, central to the artist’s design in this piece was the use of the lovely French rose cluster design, which originated from French tapestries.

     The artist uses a radiant rose cluster for the central medallion and thoughtfully integrates the rose “bouquets” into key sections of the navy field. The four outer ivory and slate blue quadrants brighten the piece, stylishly directing the eye to the lavish inner field overflowing with a wonderful assortment of stylized flowers. Peacefully grounding the gorgeous Bijar is a quiet and sophisticated main border.

      An artist knows that “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” Vincent Van Gogh. This gorgeous Bijar is a work of art that will not only please the eye with its beauty, but satisfy the mind with the extensive and thoughtful use of many “small things”.


Khotan  Afghanistan  9 x 12.7

Khotan Afghanistan 9 x 12.7

     The striking Afghan Khotan hanging in WINDOW RIGHT measuring 9 x 12.7 was hand-knotted in northern Afghanistan by 4 Hazara women over a period of 6-7 months using handspun vegetally dyed local wool.

     The Khotan design originates in East Turkestan, located on the Silk Road in close proximity to both China & Persia. The Khotan incorporates motifs from both regions.  This stellar piece is an Antique reproduction.

     The 6 guard borders include 2 swastika borders, a “T” or “thunder” border (Chinese influence) and 2 charming floral chains plus the trefoil (Persian influence). The two cultures framing the intriguing Khotan bring a happy synergy. “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Helen Keller.

     The central  medallion contains the classic Khotan motif, the pomegranate, which represents life and abundance.  In this primitive depiction which brings a carefree vibe,  the pomegranate is portrayed as a shrub

     The abrash (variation of color due to different dye lots) adds texture and softens the piece. The artist’s palette of madder red and charcoal draws in warmth while the breath-taking inner field of light blue brings in air and a freshness.

     This exceptional piece which combines strong lines and gentle, happy flowers brings a fresh, complex and happy vibe to a space – where thinking and smiles may live together harmoniously. :)


Oriental Rugs:  A Complete Guide  Charles W. Jacobsen
Oriental Rugs:  Antique and Modern  Walter A. Hawley


“little” rug makes “BIG” difference in entryway!

“little” rug makes “BIG” difference in entryway!


The human tendency to regard little things as important

has produced very many great things

Georg C. Lichtenberg

     Getting it “right” is exciting and easy at Kebabian’s.  We have “the” piece that will make all the difference to your space.  This Antique Sarouk Ferreghan completes and grounds the entryway in an unparalleled fashion :)


Come Celebrate & Support Shoreline Arts Alliance Mardi Gras 20’s Style!


     In celebration of the Shoreline Arts Alliance continued excellence in fulfilling its mission to “Educate, Exhibit, Enrich, and Encourage the arts, humanities, culture and heritage – by presenting performances by local, national and international artists; sponsoring competitions” …

     Kebabian’s Oriental Rugs, downtown New Haven since 1882,  is thrilled to donate an exquisite Antique Persian Lilahan which will be available for purchase during the LIVE AUCTION.

#35634    Antique Lilahan ca. 1925   5'2" x 6'6"

#36534 Antique Lilahan ca. 1925 5’2″ x 6’6″

     This sophisticated Antique Lilahan ca. 1925 measuring 5’2″ x 6’6″  was hand-knotted in the village of Lilahan in western Persia by Armenians.  This exceptional piece is valued at $3,500.  The vibrant palette includes red, navy, cornflower blue, chestnut, rose and burnished gold.  The artist’s design showcases a stunning center medallion which represents “window to  heaven” surrounded by a red field overflowing with a variety of exquisite, thoughtfully placed floral designs. The main border beautifully frames the piece with stylized floral elements including palmettes.

     This lovely work of art has given beauty and grace to a home for almost a century. Originally imported by Mihran Kebabian (2nd generation owner of Kebabian’s), later repurchased by his grandson, John Kebabian, (4th generation owner of Kebabian’s) from the granddaughter of the original owner.  The Lilahan is ready to start its next journey for many more years to come!

  The Event of the Season takes place this coming Saturday!

For more information and to purchase tickets:

Mardi Gras 20's Style Front red