In the home of Secretary William Cleary (Christopher Walken), every one is seated for some grub. While the dinner turned out to be a little obscene and less than traditional, what would be a more conservative element to this picture was the Oriental Rug under the table.
Seen above is what would probably be best described as an american sarouk, in the more unusual color combination of blue on red as opposed to the more commonly found red on blue. American Sarouks were among the larger commercialized oriental rugs produced in the second quarter of the twentieth century. Other than the timeless beauty these rugs are known for, other features to these rugs include floral bouquets in an allover field. These were very sturdy floor coverings with hard wearing pile. While not all are still in existence today, those of which are treated well generally hold solid value even if in use.
Offset from the Dining room and a facing the waterfront is this staircase and mock vestibule seen below. The Oriental Rug as seen underneath the round table (top and center) is probably a traditional allover kashan Design. Many Kashan's that look like this one are from the first quarter, 20th century. Low and to the right is just the absolute corner of what looks similar to a first quarter 20th century Mohajeran Sarouk. Reds and blues were very popular during these times, and the Mohajeran Sarouk often implemented such bold coloring, although over the years some which had been exposed to extended periods of light certainly mellowed or oxidized somewhat. In this particular piece, the colors still show bright and true. The rug on the stairs could possibly be a machine made carpet, as many of these hand knotted rugs were difficult to find the perfect size to land exactly at the top or bottom step. At any rate, the design of the Rug on the Stairs would most likely be considered a Northwest Persian or Kurdish carpet. The Design is very simple, with similar design elements to those of which are found in Antique Kurd rugs.
Great movie with excellent show of some very pretty Rugs!