Persian Carpet Gallery "Bohne Carpets & Kilims"
When entering this gallery you feel like finding yourself in Wonderland or infact in one of the stories of Seherezada.
The owner Laura Bohne developed her interest in Persian carpets 15 years ago, still is the only one who has such type of gallery in Baltic states. Having customers both in Latvia, Lithuania and abroad who appraise luxury and authentic work Laura is proud of having the unique exposition of Persian carpets that were made in 19th and 20th centuries in Iran and northern Caucasus. Besides the carpets you will beacquainted with the nomadic life of Iranians looking at their household appliances, hand made cushions, bags and salt sacks.
"EACH AUTHETICAL PERSIAN CARPET HAS IT’S OWN SOUL WHICH IS BASED ON HISTORY, TRADITIONS AND WISDOM FROM THE PAST TO THE CONTEMPORARY."
/ Laura Bohne /
Weaving is one of the oldest crafts in the world, mentioned in the Old Testament as well as in Homer's Iliad. Looking around the world, we can observe that the ancient craft of carpet-weaving is the most respected in the regions that previously belonged to the Persian empire. Since ancient times the trade was a necessity for the local nations, however the climate and history of the region created the best possible conditions for a household rug to transform into a piece of artwork.
Until recently it was believed that the art of carpet-weaving originated in the 5th century BC. However, during an archeological excavation in Central Asia, in one of the graveyards of the Bronze Age, it was found that the roots of carpet-weaving mastery date back to the 14th century BC. In these archeological sites, various knives and other carpet-weaving tools were found. Materials used for weaving-wool, cotton and silk-decay rapidly, and therefore only remain intact for a couple of centuries or, in the case of special surrounding conditions, even a couple of thousands of years.
This is what happened in the case of the Pazyrik carpet, which was found in Altai, the land of eternal ice. The carpet dates back 2500 years. Most of the ancient carpets which are being found today are not as old and usually date from the 19th century. Carpets eternalized in the paintings of Hans Holbein the Younger (1497-1543) are a great source for craft researchers since they support their estimations that carpet-weaving traditions are ancient and hardly changed throughout the ages. It is known that Pope John XXII ordered a Persian carpet with his coat of arms depicted in it and the carpet was laid in the Avignon papacy. The Shah of Persia Abbas the Great sent carpets to the Doge of Venice in 1603 and did it once again in 1622; the latter collection still remains and is kept in the treasuryofSt Mark's Basilica.
Observing various aspects of the cultural development of the humankind, such as music, religion, and rituals, it becomes evident that tradition significantly influences them all. Tradition is constantly being passed on. Old forms do not change (i.e. new forms appear alongside the old ones) on a matter of seconds, therefore old traditions tend to remain for very long periods of time. For this reason the art which encompasses old traditions is invaluable, because through it we, from generation to generation, are given a chance to get a glimpse into the depths ofhuman culture.
"Oh, you painters who ask for a technique of color-study carpets and there you will flnd all knowledge."
Paul Gauguin (1848-1903)