"The rug really tied the room together."
- The Dude
I've been on an estate sale bender lately (courtesy of EstateSales.net and Craigslist), which has turned me on to my latest favorite object of affection: The Oriental/Persian rug. I fondly remember growing up with a big, beautiful Persian rug in the kitchen, always an exotic and bohemian part of our homestead. Gnarled by generations of teething pups and worn bare by the foot traffic of breakfast, lunch and dinner, the already antiqued rug unfortunately didn't make it past my teen years...Gone, but not forgotten.
With a bare concrete floor in my new office, one thing was clear: It was time to find my own perfect Persian.
I've spent enough time on Pinterest to know that I love a beautiful white interior cut by a richly colored rug, but what's more inspiring is seeing these rugs' rich history on stage with some of the world's greatest musicians. Many a Google and images searches later, I'm fascinated by the longtime presence of the Persian rug in the world of music.
Where this tradition started is unknown, but for practical reasons, a rug on stage can help with acoustics, boost amplifier performance, provide cord coverage, prevent slipping, etc. From there, it's of course taken on certain emotional significance...Eric Clapton has apparently traveled with the same rug for many years, Elton John is known to request "non-leather sofas to relax on with fine Persian carpets underfoot," the Grateful Dead are known for their stages completely covered in Oriental rugs and so on.
I'll keep the music history lesson short (HERE is an interesting write-up), but take a look some great photos below, including my gorgeous estate sale find in my office. Enjoy the inspiration with some classic jams from your favorite rock legends, check out EstateSales.net for a local sale, then get out there...the Dude abides.
Oriental RugsBy the strictest definition, Oriental rugs are carpets hand knotted only in Asia. Iran, China, India, Russia, Turkey, Pakistan, Tibet and Nepal are some of the biggest rug exporters.Persian RugsPersian rugs also are Oriental rugs but they are made only in Iran (formerly known as Persia). An authentic Persian rug or carpet is hand knotted. Persian rug designs were once named after the city in which they were created. As their popularity increased, these patterns became produced elsewhere and kept their original names. Tabriz, Hamadan, Gabbeh, Heriz and Dubba are some of the most popular designs that have kept their regional namesakes. Characteristics of a Persian rug include an unusually thick pile (up to 160 knots per square inch), extremely rich color combinations and unique designs.
Crosby, Stills, Nash at Young at Fillmore East.
Jackson Browne in Austin.
Eric Clapton in Toronto with his longtime favorite Persian rug.
The Black Crowes in London.
Leonard Cohen in Chicago.
Grateful Dead at the Warfield Theatre.