"Orientalist Art"

The Rug Merchant

Artist: Amadeo Simonetti

Title: The Rug Merchant

Medium: Watercolor and Pencil on Paper

Size: 29 3/4 x 21 1/4 in (75.7 x 54.1cm)

When I lived in Iran we would often go to the bazaar and spend time at the stores of rug merchants. I loved seeing how these big and heavy Persian rugs would be rolled out for visitors to inspect. The handlers made it always look so effortlessly.

While the bargaining was underway, we would often sip tea and eat fresh sweets, making the whole experience a lot of fun. To this day, I love going into bazaars and searching out carpet merchants. The colors of the carpets are so vibrant and the intricate designs always amazing.





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