Oriental carpets are a dying art form

[Contributed by Barry O’Connell] Oriental Carpets are a dying art form. Economics are spelling doom for the relatively inexpensive art with which we decorate our homes. Some of you are thinking “Inexpensive?” so let me explain. The trade in Oriental Carpets is based on a huge income disparity and as we shift from regional economies […]

Jewish rugs that built a nation

[Contributed by Barry O’Connell] The Odd Story of Jewish Rugs In the 1890 Anti-Semitism reared its ugly head in France. French intelligence gained evidence of German spying. And evidence was presented that pinned the blame on an Alsatian Jewish Army Captain Louis Dreyfus. The evidence indicated Dreyfus was a possible suspect and he was convicted […]