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Indian Decorative Carpets

June 01, 2018

In today’s market, the terms “Agra,” “Amritsar” and “Indo-Persian” are synonymous with types of highly decorative carpets, which were woven in India during the last decades of the nineteenth century. The art of pile carpet weaving was imported into India by the Mughals, descendants of the Central Asian Mongols, when they conquered the Indian subcontinent in the sixteenth century. Indian decorative carpets continue the Mughal heritage of fine craftsmanship and their designs feature diverse Mughal and international influences. read more

Wiener Werkstätte Carpets (1903-1932)

May 21, 2018

The Werkstätte’s mission was to break down the barrier between the fine and applied arts to “raise the aesthetic standards of objects of daily use.” The integration of beauty and utility became the Werkstätte’s mantra. In addition, the rejection of hierarchy within the arts and their commitment to craft over machine production linked the Werkstätte’s manifesto to the many reformist and art movements taking place throughout Europe at the turn of the twentieth century. read more

Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2018

May 16, 2018

Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2018 showcases so many wonderful and skilled designers. This year’s 46th annual show boasted 22 design firms and was located at 110 East 76th Street, New York. FJ Hakimian is proud to present three rugs that were incorporated into 2 room designs at this year’s show. The designers we worked with have incredible skills and are in the forefront of today’s modern interior design world. read more

Global Sophistication: The Art of the Persian Carpet

April 18, 2018

Whether bold and complex, or subtle and graceful, Persian carpets have for centuries been regarded as the crowning achievement of the textile arts. While a traditional art, Persian carpets work in harmony with the eclectic sensibility of today’s most sophisticated designers who understand the level of quality that can only be achieved in the slow processes of the master craftsman. From the slowness of the dye process, to the subtlety of refined and balanced designs, these works have an aura and materiality that is an antidote to a mass-produced world and the flattened space of the technological age. read more

The Last Project of Jean-Michel Frank

February 19, 2018

Nelson A. Rockefeller's apartment was famously decorated by Jean-Michel Frank. The French Modernist designed the interiors of Rockefeller's salon with a modern take on vintage furniture while incorporating other artists into his vision. Using Christian Bérard's carpet design, he tied the room together with Matisse and Léger paintings. Rockefeller's salon is just one of many the contributions Frank made to the design world. read more

Frida Hansen And The Making of Art Nouveau

January 19, 2018

Read about Art Nouveau interior designer Frida Hansen, a Norwegian tapestry weaving artist famous for notable pieces during the early 1900's. read more

An Age of Revolution: 18th Century European Carpets

November 27, 2017

The late 18th century was an age of revolutions, not only in politics and government but also in art and design. We can clearly see the seismic cultural shifts in the carpets of the late 18th century. These carpets were woven for the newly built town and country houses of Europe, where fashionable interiors took on new elegant simplicity. A sense of harmony, proportion, and informality seemed to sweep away the decades of Baroque and Rococo formalism and ostentation in favor of the lightness of the early neoclassical.   read more

20th Century European Tapestry

September 21, 2017

The art of European tapestry was revitalized in the early 20th century by the avant-garde. The German Bauhaus was foundational in this renewal, with the ideas and techniques developed there proving deeply influential on later modernist movements. In France, designers incorporated new modalities and aesthetics while also looking back to the country’s artistic heritage, including five hundred years of tapestry arts. Artists and designers in Scandinavia created the most innovative and expressive forms in 20th century tapestry weaving—it was in the north that modern tapestry reached its apex. read more

Mohair: The Diamond Fiber

August 18, 2017

Mohair is an extraordinary fiber. It comes from the fleece of the Angora goat, a breed that originated in Tibet, and compared to other fibers from Far Eastern and South American goat breeds, mohair is exceptionally unique for its unparalleled luster, resilience and an ability to fully absorb dyes. read more

Kips Bay Decorator Show House

June 05, 2017

FJ Hakimian was the unequivocal go-to source for antique and hand woven carpets at this year’s Kips Bay Decorator Show House. Inside the redbrick Georgian townhouse on the Upper East Side, five of the 18-total designers turned toward dealer Joseph Hakimian’s expertise in hand-selecting rugs to go with each designer’s theme. Vintage Swedish carpets and ornate French tapestries from the FJ Hakimian showroom on East 57th Street in Manhattan provide the thread that runs through these five rooms. read more

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