Bashir Carpets

Library Room, 2008

Library Room

Library Room
Library Room
Library Room

Carpet Description

  • Mid-19th century Ferehan Sarouk Carpet
  • Contains ivory fields, which are among the most sought after by collectors
  • Fetches the highest premiums at auction houses around the globe

  • History of the Library Room

    John Adams, the first President to live in the White House, used this room as a laundry room until 1902, when President Theodore Roosevelt had the White House renovated by the architect Charles Follen McKim. President Franklin Roosevelt first conceived of using the room as a library in 1935. The room saw only slight modifications until the Truman reconstruction in 1952, when the room was paneled in salvaged timbers from the White House's former timber frame.

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    1981 - Reagan administration


    Carpet description

    • Antique Tabriz from Persia
    • Medallion centered on a repeating field
    • Handknotted in or late 4th quarter 19th century to 1900
    • Features overall subtle color palette
    • Tabriz carpets of this genre and era are widely sought after, consistently fetching top dollar at auctions

    Tabriz is a city in north-western Iran which has a major weaving tradition dating to the 15th century. Tabriz is probably the most prolific carpet-producing center in the world, and certainly one of the oldest. After many invasions, occupations and wars, Tabriz took the ancient techniques of the past and created a huge rug-exporting industry. The finest era of Persian rug weaving was the Safavid Dynasty (1499 - 1722). It was at this time that weavers from Tabriz introduced the curvilinear designs to the courts at Istanbul. After a decline of a few hundred years, Tabriz began re-establishing its position in the mid 19th century as the market center for the export of Persian rugs to the West. Today, many rugs produced in Tabriz emulate the artistic heritage of the Persian Safavid carpet, and when a designer in any part of the world wants to commission a certain pattern to be hand-woven, Tabriz is the city that he or she visits.

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    1963 - John F. Kennedy administration


    The wall paneling of the White House's Library was left unpainted until the John F. Kennedy administration, when decorator Stéphane Boudin recreated the room as a painted Federal style parlor with the gray and rose tones that remain today.

    Carpet Description

  • 20th Century Portuguese Rug
  • Design origin: Alpujarra Rug Style from Moorish Iberia
  • Hand-knotted with 100% Pure Wool

  • During the Islamic occupation Spain was the first country in medieval Europe to make knotted pile rugs., going back to the time when much of Spain was part of the Islamic world. Still, Spanish rugs were not Moorish products; native Spanish weavers had already learned the technique of making rugs by the fourteenth century, and they have continued to do so up to the twentieth century. Christian, Jewish, Muslim Arab and Berber populations co-existed for eight centuries and their combined artistic influence is reflected in their designs.

    Spanish rugs are very unique; they are truly knotted, not looped, in staggered rather than superimposed rows. Their coloration is usually understated with dominant ivory grounds and pastel greens and yellows. Although some early carpets from Spain imitated those of Ottoman Turkey, they soon developed a distinctive, uniquely Iberian style of vine-scroll ornamentation. Eventually, Spanish carpet making followed the trends of France and England and the influences of the originality of diversity gave way to a more Western and decorative approach, and the modern examples make excellent room-size decorative rugs.

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    1992 - Men's lounge and restroom


    The White House Library provides access to a men's lounge and restroom.

    Carpet Description

  • Tribal Rug
  • Design origin: Turkoman (Central Asian)

  • Of all nomadic tribal weavings, those of the Turkomans are among the most distinctive, as well as being the most inventive. Having traversed a vast area, from the Caspian Sea all the way to Tibet, the Turkoman tribes of today inhabit the area bound by the Caspian Sea and the Amu Darya river in Central Asia.

    Each Turkoman tribe had its own emblem known as a 'gul,' an octagonal shaped motif employed on their carpets in an endless repeating pattern in vertical rows, usually with off-set patterns of minor guls. If a tribe was defeated by another, or was assimilated into another tribe, its guls would be absorbed into the superior tribe's patterns, akin to the complex genealogical European tradition of armorial quarterings. One of the most easily recognisable characteristics of Turkoman weavings is the ground colour, which is almost always a shade of red, which remains the same in both the border and the field. The reds range in intensity from a purplish hue to a clear bright red.

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    Bashir Carpets can reproduce this White House carpet in the size and colors of your choice. For more information or to place an order call us at 1-514-735-1958 or e-mail us at

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