The Private Collection of Jafar Falasiri

He owns Vero Beach's best-known rug store but some of his favorite rugs will never be sold.

To be consumed by a passion for Oriental rugs is to become a student of other cultures, their history and their art. Even the names encountered in the pursuit of knowledge lead the imagination to a world of mystery and beauty – QuashQa’i, Kamseh, Bakhtiyari, Afshar, Turkoman, Ottoman, Caucasian. Designs that might be thousands of years old are studied and sought after by the growing numbers of collectors of fine Persian rugs. They were woven by nomadic tribes and by artisans in villages, and their ancient stories continue to intrigue those who appreciate their unique telling of history.

Jafar Falasiri was born in Shiraz, in southwest Iran, into a family that settled there before Christ was born. “In my home I grew up on these rugs, discovering the birds and animals,” he says. “It was like a celebration of life – the whole rug was about life. It was like our coloring book.

Read the entire article in the March 2001 issue

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