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Welcome to Carpets of the Inner Circle

At Carpets of the Inner Circle our focus is on the rug as art, as textile nourishment for the soul. These guidelines inspire our purchases and the tribal, village and urban workshop pieces we present are clearly perceived to be much more than utilitarian floor or wall coverings. The best are sacred objects, windows and doorways into other worlds. They provide glimpses of a people, a lifestyle and a culture that is rapidly disappearing from planet Earth.

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Urban

Pieces woven in urban circumstances have a very specific criteria. They are always made from drawings or cartoons. With their high knot counts, crisp curvilinear designs are executed with exacting precision. Examples are often, if not always, named after the city in which they they are woven, Kashan, Tabriz, Isfahan, Kerman and Tehran are amongst the most famous.

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Village

With their bold color combinations and designs, village weavings are amongst the most desirable collectable pieces in Western markets. Examples with names like, Heriz, Bakhshaish, Karadja, Bakhtiari and Serab are sought after by both interior designers and polished connoisseurs. Regarded for their freedom of expression, the earliest examples will have more open, un cluttered portions in their design.

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Collectable

Tribal or nomadic weavings are pieces that were typically woven as part of a woman’s dowry and only made their way to Western markets by happenstance. The best examples are pure art. The most primitive yet intuitive use of colors and designs and always the best wool and dyes in the earliest examples.

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Contemporary

Pieces that fall in to this category will be either Persian or Turkish examples. The Persian pieces are whats left from our ‘Chicken’s Milk’ production, made during the time the embargo was first lifted, 2000 – 2008.  The Turkish pieces are recreations of Oushaks or Caucasian rugs.

From the Beginning

Carpets of the Inner Circle has specialized in the rug as art. Established in 1978 by my late father, Roger Cavanna who’s love affair with the Oriental rug started in Persia in the late 1960’s while in the Peace Core as a practicing architect. Our first gallery was launched in Mt. Carmel, Connecticut but in 1982 we moved to Jackson Square in San Francisco’s financial district where we would be for the next 33 years. Just recently settling in San Anselmo where we can comfortably accommodate both our local and international clientele from a destination know for it’s antiquing, charming shops and fine restaurants.