The Scarab Blog

    The Journey of a Rug

    Posted by Janie Viehman on November 16, 2016 in Breaking Bread

    We are excited to share some images that our friend and colleague Teddy Sumner of Michaelian and Kohlberg has sent to us from his latest travels to India. What a pleasure it has been to view ‘behind the scenes’ photos of the daily happenings at Teddy’s weaving facility. Moments that caught his attention…caught ours as well.

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    The Return of the Gabbeh Rug!

    Posted by Ali Brunner on July 21, 2016 in Breaking Bread

    A Traditional Persian Rug with

    Contemporary Design

    The Embargo Has Lifted

    In January 2016, the Persian rug embargo was lifted allowing for the importation of handknotted rugs including the beloved contemporary Gabbeh rug. Having always been sought after, we are thrilled to have Gabbeh's available again. 

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    Alix Perrachon Considers Decorative Carpets Vital to Interior Design

    Posted by Larry Stone on October 6, 2015 in Breaking Bread

    The Decorative Carpet

    Fine Handmade Rugs in Contemporary Interiors by Alix G. Perrachon

    For over 30 years, Alix Perrachon, founder of Alix Unlimited, has been part of the decorative carpet industry.

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    The Afghanistan Rug Project

    Posted by Larry Stone on June 30, 2015 in Breaking Bread

    James Opie

    Weaving Threads of Hope

    Intrigued by the temporary nature of projects and coupled with the destruction of war, I asked Jim to tell us more about the Afghanistan Rug Project. I felt as though this too would end and I wanted to know more. We sat down in L.A. in the Spring of 2015 and Jim elaborated on the project.

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    Nabi a Story by Author James Opie

    Posted by Janie Viehman on June 29, 2015 in Breaking Bread

    A Treasured Tale from Travels in Afghanistan

    I met Nabi, a nine-year-old street urchin, in Afghanistan’s northwestern capital, Herat, in 1975.  By day, Nabi kept company with anyone who would pay or feed him, especially visiting foreigners, including rug dealers like me.  His local network must have included staff members at my hotel, as he knew an American was there, even before he saw me.  He waited outside the hotel during my first morning in Herat and called to me as I walked down the...

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