I have spent time reviewing information in your Persian
Carpet Rug / Guide To Isfahan Rugs & Carpets. I
have found it all very informative and useful in expanding my knowledge.
This piece under "Previous Discussion" regarding "Old Genuine Serafians
Signed or Not?" caught my eye.
In the first rug class I took, the instructor said, "Don't
buy a rug because of a name. Buy it because you like it". I think this is
wise advice, especially for a novice buyer. On a trip to Iran in '98, I
visited a workshop where ordinary Persian carpets were being transformed
into "masterpieces". Knots were removed by skilled workers and new knots
woven into the carpet thus giving it a new pedigree: names of famous
weavers/workshops were being added to the carpet. The workers, although
skilled at their trade, were naive about the consequences of their work
(this is why I have elected to remove their faces). They were proud of
their work and did not mind showing it off as the pictures below attest.
This practice is not limited to Iran as you know. Nor do I view the
deception as the fault of the workers. They are simple people just trying
to earn a living. The owners of the rugs who are paying to have the
deception carried out are the ones at fault. They will sell these rugs in
foreign markets and a naive consumer intent on having a "name" carpet will
be the looser. The Iranian Master Weavers do not endorse this practice,
needless to say, and the honest dealers say little, at least to me as a
westerner, about it. They are embarrassed about it. I have been told these
"renamed" rugs are not allowed to be sold in Iran (the Master Weaver whose
names are being abused have that much control) but the rugs are shipped to
foreign markets .
As you stated in your piece about "Is The Carpet Beautiful",
the value of the carpet should be in the beauty of the carpet itself not
in the knot count, the name of the weaver, etc.
I am sure you have seen such pictures but I thought you
might find these interesting. If you wish to use them on your site, it is
ok but please, I would appreciate you not using my name. If you need a
name and are comfortable using an alias that is all right with me.
Iranians can be very sensitive and I would not want any of the honest
dealers I know to feel I was portraying the business as a whole as being
untrustworthy. I want to be welcome back to Iran in the future!
A Canadian Collector Source of this page is a friend from
Canada. Our photographer and contributor chooses for her own reasons to
Thanks and best wishes,
J. Barry O'Connell Jr.
There are the many fake Serafian Siguture rugs in market.