Dear Friends,

It is a great pleasure to welcome you to the Museum of the Red River, where we can share the knowledge and curatorial efforts of our good friend, Mehdy Douraghy. He has
generously given his time and expertise to organize this wonderful exhibit. Working with a number of private collectors, Mehdy, supported by his wife Leora, has created a unique opportunity for visitors to enjoy an under-appreciated traditional art.

The pictorial weavings of Persia are rarely seen on exhibit. Very few pictorial rugs are woven in comparison to the vast numbers of rugs with geometric or floral patterns, and
bringing together this collection for exhibtion was a challenging undertaking. A major part of the Museum’s mission is to provide broad and unique aesthetic experiences to our rural audiences. This exhibit certainly meets that requirement, and we as an institution are proud to be both sponsor and host.

We are very grateful to the many lenders, who agreed to literally part “with walls and
floors” for the duration of the exhibit. We are also pleased to continue a program partnership
with the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art in Shawnee, Oklahoma, which will host
a similar exhibit in early spring, 2012. Special thanks to Artisan offices of Los Angeles
and Chicago for underwriting and producing this publication, as it provides a
permanent, well-deserved testament to Mehdy Douraghy’s considerable contribution
to our knowledge of Persian rugs, history and culture.

For the MUSEUM OF THE RED RIVER,

Henry Moy, Director

Click the links below to download the presentation in PDF format:

Persian Pictoiral Rugs (Low Resolution) PDF

Persian Pictorial Rugs (High Resolution) PDF

Written by Drago