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One Famous Carpet from the movie "A Christmas Story"

 

A Christmas Story Living RoomThe movie "a christmas story" starring Peter Billingsley as Ralphie Parker was filmed in Cleavland Ohio in 1983*.  Apparently, the actual house where the movie was filmed has since been turned into a museum as a tribute to this traditional Christmas time classic.

According to news-register.com, A Bethlehem Ohio resident by the name of Patty Caldwell contacted the owner of the home (Brian Jones) after noting the carpet in her home looked strikingly similar to the one which was featured in the movie. Mr. Jones was very interested to know of the carpet, as the home had been undergoing restoration to be fit and true to the original movie.

Seen to the Right: a Photograph of the carpet as seen in the movie "A Christmas Story"

Below: a photograph of the rug as donated to the "Christmas Story Museum"

Christmas Story Museum

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We're not sure what type of carpet is seen in the actual movie, however, we've been in contact with Patty Caldwell who donated the rug, and she has verified that it is a true hand knotted 1950's Kerman, or a wool machine made karastan 1000 Series.  More specifically, a karastan Kirman (Kerman Design) #1003 with an allover pattern. 

Karastan 1003 Kirman

 

And of course, the infamous "Leg Lamp" as seen in the movie:

 
 
Sources:
 
http://www.news-register.net/page/content.detail/id/518000.html
*http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085334/
 
 

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July 13. 2009 16:47

patty

I am the Patty from Bethlehem ( West Virginia). The back of the rug ,now at the Christmas Story House, reads: Masterpiece by KARASTAN, WORSTED YARN,ALL WOOL FACE,MACHINE WOVEN IN USA, DESIGN : KIRMAN, PATT. : 1003, SIZE: 10'X 14'.

patty

July 13. 2009 17:15

patty

I had always wanted to know more about the rug. It looks just like the # 759 that you show on the page.( however,tag on back says #1003). It did have fringe, but was removed before I owned it. I guessed it to be from the 1940's. I happened upon your page today and was excited to see the rug listed. I believe it has a very good home in Cleveland. I enjoyed it in my home for about 10 years.

patty

July 13. 2009 18:10

David

Hi Patty!

What a treat to have you arrive on the site! It's a great looking Kerman design. Very classic.

Thanks for clearing up the specifics on design. It's pretty difficult to accurately determine various information from one photograph, but glad we got the Karastan part right!

All the best

David


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