Greg Lake, of the awesome 70's trio Emerson, Lake and Palmer is seen in the video below jamming out on what appears to be a Persian Rug from the Qum, Iran
region. Qum rugs often are not often identifiable by design as they tend to be
among the more flexible in designs. However, hunting scenes such as
the one seen here are among the more distinct motifs which Qum seems to
produce a higher volume than other areas in Iran. While we aren't 100%
sure this is a silk rug
, a very fine example with excellent design and
very high knot count
made entirely of silk
in the typical 4'6" x 7'
size usually sell anywhere from $4,000 to $14,000 at a retail showroom
depending on age, and other characterisitcs.
When asked about the rug, Greg has said "I
don't know whether you've ever noticed that I wear plimsolls on stag
which cuts down the chances of an electric shock. The carpet's there
for the same reason. Altogether it means I'd still feel it, but I
wouldn't die. Also it means it's like you're playing at home every
night, almost in the same surroundings - which is nice. When I decided
to buy a carpet I thought I might as well get one that was worth
something. To be honest I never thought anybody would notice it." Interesting to hear why he was on a Persian Rug, and it seems this could explain why other artists, such as the Grateful Dead
choose to play on Perisan Rugs as well. He not only uses the rug to prevent being electrocuted, but also as decoration to make him feel at home, as he still has it in his London home.