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Cold Spring Antiques

Indian Rug


Not too far outside of Westchester County is a small town in Putnam called Cold Spring.  Right off of the Hudson River Line, it's a nice retreat for many from the NYC area as a quaint, 19th century town.  The main street is lined with many specialty shops, antique stores and cafes.  When I was younger, we would  take short day trips to Cold spring once every season.  One of the antique stores I remember very well from many years back is Bijou Galleries, although this was far before I started gaining appreciation for oriental rugs.  Among the dozen or so pieces they had on the floors were several braided carpets, a few semi-antique tabriz rugs, and this newer Indian carpet from the mid 1980's seen to the right and below.  The design is Herati, or sometimes referred to as the mahi design.  I didn't expect to take pictures on this short day trip, but was pleased to see these rugs out on the floor with little concern of wear (didn't see a price tag on them).  It's a perfect example of how a small investment in a rug can make a world of difference.  The knot density of this rug was probably in the vicinity of 115-120 kpsi.  Today, this vintage and genre rug (10.5/50 quality, similar colors and design) can be had in new condintion for around $700-1,600 retail.  If you have a good eye, you may be able to find one of these for a steal from a private party or local small auction. Better than wall-to-wall without the concern of heavy foot traffic on a 150 year old rug!

Indian Carpet 

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