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Persian Rugs Represent the Best of Oriental Rugs

Why are Persian Rugs typically better than other Oriental Rugs?

Birmingham Design Studio

Fine Persian Tabriz Rug.

I’ve been in the Oriental Rug business for 30 years now and have dealt with many types of Oriental Rugs. While there are many fine rugs produced in different countries, in my opinion fine Persian Rugs are far superior. That opinion is based on following reasons.
 

  1. Fine Persian Rugs are like pieces of art. Each rug has a soul and conveys the beauty of an art that dates back over 2500 years.
  2. The workmanship and degree of detail is unmatched by any other Oriental Rug.
  3. Persian rugs are produced in different parts of Iran and exhibit unique designs, color palette and weave characteristics of the area they are produced in. Each city, village and tribe have their own signature style.
  4. Because of the variety of designs available in Persian Rugs, they’re easy to use in Traditional, Transitional and Modern Interiors.
  5. The testament to quality of Persian Rugs is the auctions in Sotheby’s and Christie’s where you see Antique Persian Rugs fetching very high prices. Good Persian Rugs don’t just get old, they become precious antiques.

How come I don’t see fine Persian Rugs in many of Rug Stores, Furniture Stores, Design Centers, and Interior Design Studios?

Offering Fine Persian Rugs require knowledgeable rug experts on staff and substantial investment in inventory. They are one-of-a-kind works of art for people who appreciate their beauty, workmanship, history and can afford the best, and you can’t get the same exact one in a different size. Mass produced less expensive rugs that are being promoted heavily in shelter magazines or by sales people/ designers at national and local chain furniture stores don’t require knowledgeable rug expert or large investment to carry and are much easier to sell in volume. So you may never be presented with the best choice for your home.

How do I find a Persian Rug that’s ideal for my room?

Your best bet is to find a reputable dealer near where you live who specializes in Persian Rugs and has been in business for many years. They should be able to find a rug that works with your decor and budget.

  • Ask them to take the rug home and see it in your space.
  • Look at it during the day and at night. Also view it both from the light side and the dark side.
  • Ask what makes that rug special and why the dealer thinks it’s a good choice for you.
  • The rug should feel at home when you lay it down in its intended space.

Avoid auctions unless you’re an expert. Definitely avoid “Going out of Business” sales unless you know the dealer has been in business for many years and are very familiar with the quality of their merchandise and what they normally carry. Also buying online from a photo could give you a lot less than you bargained for.
 
With the variety of designs and colors available it’s impossible to walk in to a showroom and expect to find the rug of your dreams right away. We talk to our clients to find out what they like, their room, fabrics, furniture, decorating style, how they use the room  and then search throughout the country and over seas to find the perfect rug for them. Then we allow them to take it home to make sure it works and shop us around if they wish. When they are comfortable to make a decision then we talk about them acquiring the rug.

For more information feel free to contact Kamran or Kristi Karimpour or check us out on Facebook or Instagram!

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Hand Knotted one of a kind Persian Rug

FullSizeRenderCheck out this one of a kind hand knotted Persian rug Kamran found during his latest travels overseas.

July Design Tip

When designing a space from scratch, start by selecting the oriental rug first. An area rug not only serves as the foundation on which to ground a furniture arrangement, but may inspire the color palette of the space and design decisions to follow. Furthermore, do not be afraid to mix traditional area rugs with more contemporary furnishings for an eclectic look.

Interior Design Project

This transitional home in Michigan features custom window treatments, luxury furniture and hand knotted rugs from our Birmingham showroom. Our design team added finishing touches such as art work and accessories to compliment the fabric in the room.
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Beautifully Decorated Room in Bloomfield Hills, MI

This traditional dining room is all about contrast. The silk damask fabric on the chairs pairs amazingly with the mahogany table. A large gold gilded mirror hangs from the wall, complementing the gold in the candlesticks that sit on the mantle of the fireplace. The antique European carpet is in perfect harmony with room. The interior design of this room in Bloomfield Hills perfectly expresses the sophisticated taste of the lady of this house.

A Furniture Mecca

If you’re looking to furnish your home, the Birmingham Furniture District, a booming shopping destination on South Old Woodward in downtown Birmingham, should be your first stop. The area has recently become the go-to stop for homeowners with a taste for high-end furnishings.

“The stores here are not big-box stores,” says Kamran Karimpour, owner of the Birmingham Design Studio. “These stores are service-oriented rather than transactional.”

“For the most part, you are dealing with the owners of the store. If a decision needs to be made, it can be done on the spot, unlike corporate operations. And the best part is the variety of styles available within 500 yards. You can walk down the street and see contemporary, transitional and traditional styles.”

Kamran Karimpour and his wife, Kristi, have operated what has evolved into Birmingham Design Studio for the past 25 years.

“We strive to deliver more to our clients than they would normally expect,” he says. “We are a full-service design studio and furniture store, with a focus on traditional and transitional home furnishings. People can come in and find a hand-knotted rug, an original oil painting, a crystal chandelier or order custom-made pieces.”

The longevity that Karimpour enjoys is the result of the relationships that he and Kristi have built with their clients.

“It’s like a partnership,” he says. “People come to us with a vision, but they don’t know the pieces, colors or textures to make it happen. That’s where we come in. We make their vision come alive.”

“Our customers are involved in the process every step of the way,” he continues. “We guide them, but the end result should have their signature on it. When they go home, they should be comfortable knowing that everything in their home is there for a reason – to make them smile.”

Turnkey Design at the Birmingham Design Studio

Turnkey Design

When it comes to having a stunning room, it takes professional design. A good place to start for design assistance is with Kristi and Kamran Karimpour, owners of the Birmingham Design Studio. They provide turnkey services – from start to finish – so clients don’t have to visit multiple vendors or coordinate various contractors.

Kristi and Kamran have worked in interior design for 25 years. At the spacious Birmingham Design Studio, opened in 2007, they have put together a team of designers to bring broad perspective and experience to every project. Attention to details ensures the right size, fit and appropriate selections for a unique look.

Voted the “Best High-End Furniture in Metro Detroit” by Detroit Home magazine, they have their own private label for custom-designed furniture that’s built by prestigious companies around the world. The Studio can also acquire that hard-to-find object you’re searching for – or perhaps don’t realize you need.

Renovating a House

The Karimpours worked with a Birmingham couple who wanted to remodel their entire home in preparation for hosting a fundraiser. Visiting the showroom, they saw a beautiful Baccarat chandelier that inspired them to add chandeliers throughout the house. In six weeks, the studio found 13 vintage, hand-signed chandeliers from their network of suppliers around the world.

The Studio team installed the original chandelier into the room pictured and added texture by using unexpected elements like the faux eel-covered benches arranged in front of the fireplace. The hand-quilted toile fabric on the chairs lent an almost 3D effect to the smoky blue-gray room. They also upholstered an existing sofa with silk velvet, mixing in lush pillows to renovate the room into a comfortable space with a transitional look.

As the multi-room project came to a close, the owners had a last-minute request for an outside reception area, complete with a water feature. The turnkey remodel, both inside and outside, was finished to the owners’ delight.

“These clients already had a good idea of what they wanted and sought a pleasant experience working with us to ensure they had bought authentic products and unique design,” Kamran said. “Others want us to show them how their room or home can be transformed.”

Redesigning Formal Rooms  

In another instance, a client from Bloomfield Hills retained the studio to create a transition between two adjoining rooms. They also needed their collection of antique furniture and fine art installed in the space. The studio team began by anchoring the large room with a 15 x 25 antique European rug of hand-knotted wool pile. They recovered the sofas with green velvet fabric and trimmed them with gold bullion fringe to reflect the end tables’ ornate inlay work. Chairs in damask fabric added striking color and pattern to the other reupholstered pieces. Drapery treatments in subtle hues were carefully fitted to enhance the arched windows.

The dining room seemed reminiscent of Versailles with its green marble fireplace, elaborate gold mirror and candelabra, and massive crystal chandelier. To match the scale of the 9-foot ceilings, the Studio team used a large rug that complemented the shading of the flooring and dining table. Damask-patterned fabric in hues harmonizing with the drapery covered the new E.K. Victor chairs. For the finishing touch, the art from the owners’ collection was re-framed to accompany the formal French ambiance of the space.

“When we redesign a room, we transform everything; we even re-frame the oil paintings and prints with fine-quality materials in the same style as the setting,” Kamran explained.

Studio Vignettes

The studio on South Woodward carries a small sample of treasures along with vignettes displaying custom designed furniture, on-of-a-kind pieces and beautiful imported rugs. One vignette presents an “eclectic” looks that blends traditional and transitional styles – to difficult to accomplish without advice.

The traditional-style fireplace with corbels, the cove molding surrounding the ceiling and the wainscoting intersecting the dark gray accent wall represent a traditional look.

German drinking horns, reproductions in black and gold leaf, add a touch of European interest to the mantel. Substituting a beveled glass top for the usual wood top on an 18th-century-style table converts it into a transitional piece.

The large painting of a museum exhibit mixes with ornately framed landscapes as a transitional element because of its simpler subject matter and frame.

The chandelier has a wonderful presence in the space. Kamran invites clients to design a chandelier according to their own specifications: the number of arms, type, size and grade of crystal. A company that makes chandeliers for the White House and Buckingham Palace crafts the chandelier according to the description.

In another vignette, members of the Studio team gather around a mahogany dining table set with vintage Royal Dalton china and Parisian I’Objet salad plates. The chairs have unusual rolled backs with tufted buttons. This arrangement, defined by a hand-knotted Tibetan rug, makes an impressive yet simple statement.

“Clients come to the showroom for inspiration,” Kristi said. “They can purchase a table or an accessory from the floor, but the real benefit is the custom design and turnkey service we offer our clients. We have the knowledge and experience to create rooms where memories will last a lifetime.”

When decorating choose your Oriental Rug first.

Whether yor are traditional or contemporary, a Persian or Oriental rug creates a center of gravity for the room and defines your seating area.

When working with an Oriental rug, it is always best to make that your first selection, using the rug for your design inspiration. Not only is it a focal point for the room, but it sets the color palette and style.

Always work with a certified rug expert to help you make the right choice. There are a lot of different types and qualities of rugs available, so it is best to seek the advice of a professional to make sure you are making the best investment for your budget. The choices for the fabrics and wall colors are tremendous, making it easier to work up from the rug. It is important to pick the rug that you love because it sets the tone of the room, and should reflect your personality.

Once your or your designer have selected fabrics and wood finishes for the furniture that work with you rug, you can focus on fabrics for window treatments, and finally a paint color. Paint color selection should be last, as it is the easiest element to manipulate to exactly the shade that you want.

Last but not least is accessorizing to add the finishing touches. A little bit of homework goes a long way in creating rooms that are warm and inviting.

Kamran & Kristi Karimpour, Certified Oriental Rug Appraisers

 

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