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Bahram Shabahang Indian Rugs

Iranian, American

The art of Persian rug design has long been in Bahram Shabahang’s blood. Born in Iran but now based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Shabahang can trace his family history back to 16th-century Iran when an ancestor once oversaw carpet weavers in the workshop of King Tahmass Safavieh. Today, Shabahang’s Persian rugs and carpets are distinctly more modern in style, albeit produced by using ancient hand-woven techniques.

The story of Shabahang’s journey to becoming a prolific Persian rug designer begins back in 1972 in the bazaars of Isfahan, Iran. There, he met Geoffrey Orley, an American who was searching for “the world’s greatest carpets.” As Orley told Detroit Design magazine: “Somebody with a big Afro showed me a great carpet. He took me back to his home, and that was [Bahram] Shabahang.”

Having discovered that they shared an affinity for the distinctive artistry behind Persian rugs, Shabahang and Orley became lifelong friends and forged a business partnership, forming the rug and carpet company Orley Shabahang in 1973. At first, they focused mainly on importing and restoring antique Persian carpets, but by 2000, Shabahang wanted to create his own collection of modern and unique rug designs.

With the support of Orley, Shabahang designed several collections of new “Persian revival” carpets. Shabahang, who holds master's degrees in architecture and urban planning, relied on his drafting skills to create the Maps series of rugs, which featured maps of San Francisco, Rome, South America and Washington, D.C. Additional works include the Architecture collection and Persian, Indian and Caucasian rugs with minimalist, abstract and animal designs. 

Shabahang’s rugs have been shown at galleries and exhibitions worldwide, including the 30th annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York in 2018. Publications such as Vogue, Town & Country and Architectural Digest have also featured his works.

On 1stDibs, find vintage Bahram Shabahang rugs and carpets and folk art.

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Creator: Bahram Shabahang
9' x 12' Bakhtiari Garden Rug, Hand-Woven in Blue, Red, and Yellow Wool
By Bahram Shabahang, Orley Shabahang
Located in New York, NY
Elevate your space with the timeless allure of this 9' x 12' Bakhtiari Garden area rug hand-woven in blue, red, and yellow wool. Handknotted by artisans, this stunning masterpiece bo...
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2010s Indian Tribal Bahram Shabahang Indian Rugs

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Bold Blue Art Deco "Labyrinth" Persian Rug, Orley Shabahang, 10' x 14'
By Bahram Shabahang, Orley Shabahang
Located in New York, NY
Let this 10' x 14' bold and blue Art Deco Persian Rug from Orley Shabahang, titled "Labyrinth" capture your attention. Clean and structured, this heirloom-quality piece offers a bold...
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2010s Indian Art Deco Bahram Shabahang Indian Rugs

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Wool

Blue and Gray Tone on Tone Geometric "Excelsior" Area Rug in Pure Wool, 8x10
By Bahram Shabahang, Orley Shabahang
Located in New York, NY
In blue and gray, the 8' x 10' geometric "Excelsior" area rug in pure wool from the Orley Shabahang architectural collection creates a stunning grounding effect in this tone on tone ...
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2010s Indian Modern Bahram Shabahang Indian Rugs

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Wool

Purple and Blue Modern Wool Persian Rug, 8' x 10'
By Bahram Shabahang
Located in New York, NY
This 7’10” x 10’2” modern Persian rug was woven by Orley Shabahang’s artisan weavers using techniques that have been passed down for generations. Woven with pure, hand spun wool, the...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Modern Bahram Shabahang Indian Rugs

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Wool

Art Deco Persian Rug, Wool and Silk, Brown, Orley Shabahang "Khesht", 6' x 9'
By Bahram Shabahang
Located in New York, NY
Sink your feet into this Orley Shabahang signature carpet in handspun wool, silkand organic vegetable dyes. Titled Khesh, this carpet from our limited series Mosaic Collection is exc...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Art Deco Bahram Shabahang Indian Rugs

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Art Deco Wool Contemporary Persian Rug, Cream and Natural Gray, 6' x 9'
By Bahram Shabahang
Located in New York, NY
With a simple yet elegant geometric design, Excelsior possesses the power to transform any space. Using the Empire State design as its foundation, Excelsior offers a simplified expre...
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Art Deco Bahram Shabahang Indian Rugs

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Wool

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Bahram Shabahang indian rugs for sale on 1stDibs.

Bahram Shabahang indian rugs are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wool and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Bahram Shabahang indian rugs, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original indian rugs by Bahram Shabahang were created in the mid-century modern style in south asia during the 21st century and contemporary. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider indian rugs by Michael Berman Limited, and Barbara Frua De Angeli. Prices for Bahram Shabahang indian rugs can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $6,000 and can go as high as $14,850, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $8,370.

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