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Old World techniques create modern Persian rugs

Geoffrey Orley and Bahram Shabahang met in the bazaars of Isfahan, Iran, in 1972, and started a business together to import antique Persian carpets. Thirty years later, they set out to create new ones, which are produced with techniques the men feared were dying out. All of their rugs are handmade, with silk and wool from their own silkworms and sheep. The yarn is handspun, bathed in natural vegetable dyes, rinsed in streams and dried in the sun.

Shabahang, a trained architect from a family that has made rugs for 400 years, creates all of the designs. The latest collection, which was woven in Turkey, includes Printemps, right, inspired by a piece of art deco stained glass (4 feet, 2 inches by 6 feet, 2 inches; $5,500), and Adrift, inspired by a bird’s-eye view of lily pads in a pond (3 feet by 5 feet; $3,400). Both rugs are wool. orleyshabahang.com.

Arelene Hirst, New York Times

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