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Orley Shabahang

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Collectors of Persian carpets and Indian rugs are familiar with the name Orley Shabahang. The carpet firm is renowned for its contemporary, Art Deco and heritage-inspired designs that feature traditional hand-woven techniques from ancient Persia. 

Orley Shabahang’s history can be traced back to 1972 in the bazaars of Isfahan, Iran, where Geoffrey Orley, an American who was searching for “the world’s greatest carpets,” met Bahram Shabahang, a carpet dealer. The pair discovered they shared a passion for Persian rug art and became friends and business partners, forming the rug and carpet company in 1973.

At first, Orley Shabahang focused primarily on importing and restoring antique Persian carpets. However, the business partners soon identified a niche market for modern rug designs. By 2001, Orley Shabahang had shifted its focus to creating “Persian revival” carpets, spearheaded by Bahram Shabahang’s unique rug designs.

Orley Shabahang works directly with talented and skilled Iranian weavers who produce Bahram’s rug designs by hand. The process from start to finish uses only traditional methods. All-natural wool from Persian fat-tailed sheep is handspun and organically dyed using vegetable dyes, which are prized for their vibrant, rich colors and fade-resistant tones. The wool is washed in pure, running river water and dried in the sun for up to six weeks. Weavers then make the carpets using knotting techniques passed down through generations. Although the process is time-consuming, Orley Shabahang says it’s necessary to produce such luxurious rugs: “[Our] aim is to make not only the most beautiful carpets but to create them with exemplary quality.”

Orley Shabahang’s rugs have been featured in major publications, including Architectural Digest, Vogue and Town & Country. Its pieces have been shown at galleries and design fairs worldwide, including the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York City in 2018. 

On 1stDibs, find a range of Orley Shabahang rugs and carpets, Asian art and furniture and folk art.

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Wool Blue, Brown, and Cream "Tempest" Art Deco Persian Rug, 5' x 7'
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Qashqai Tribal Persian Rug in Indigo, Gold, Red, and Cream Wool, 4' x 6'
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This Orley Shabahang Qashqai carpet from the Tribal Collection measures 4’2” x 6’2” and showcases an exquisite Qashqai design in indigo, gold, red, and cream wool. Hand-knotted in pure wool, Orley Shabahang’s signature Shekarloo weave produces a soft, luxurious pile and is incredibly durable. The interior field depicts a flourishing flower garden design inspired by antique Qashqai carpets...
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Early 2000s Persian Tribal Orley Shabahang

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Oversized Minimalist Blue Gray Wool Rug, 14' x 14'
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This oversized minimalist blue gray Persian wool area rug measuring 14' x 14' depicts sheets of rain falling from the sky. The Orley Shabahang Rain Collection creates modern pieces o...
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2010s Indian Minimalist Orley Shabahang

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Neutral Wool Persian Carpet with Colorful Paisleys, Bohemian, 8' x 10'
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Transform your space with this 8' x 10', bohemian, neutral wool Persian carpet with colorful paisley motifs. Utilizing wool shorn from Persian Fat-Tailed Sheep, renowned for its extr...
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Early 2000s Persian Bohemian Orley Shabahang

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Modern Patterned Blue and Cream Wool Persian Carpet, 8' x 10'
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In pure wool, this 8' x 10' modern wool area rug, "Mahi," utilizes blue and cream in a stylish patterned design. This carpet showcases the beauty of a hand-knotted Persian masterpiec...
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2010s Persian Modern Orley Shabahang

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Neutral Tribal Wool Persian Area Rug with Red, Teal, and Brown 8' x 10'
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Introduce a touch of timeless elegance to your home with this neutral, tribal, hand-knotted Persian area rug in wool measuring 8' x 10' that features accents of red, teal, and brown....
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Colorful Orley Shabahang "Kaleidoscope" Modern Wool Persian Rug, 10' x 14'
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This colorful Orley Shabahang Signature wool Persian area rug, "Kaleidoscope" from our Galaxy collection, measures 10' x 14'. Created using handspun wool, the dazzlingly vibrant whil...
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Orley Shabahang furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Orley Shabahang furniture 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 Orley Shabahang furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Orley Shabahang were created in the modern style in asia during the 21st century and contemporary. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Bahram Shabahang, Rooms Studio, and Mae Engelgeer. Prices for Orley Shabahang furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $1,300 and can go as high as $31,010, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $10,775.

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