Collecting stories through a treasure trove of carpets

Monday, Dec 21, 2015,13:45 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | A variety of priceless rugs ranging from those made in various Kurdish enclaves in the Middle East to exquisite ones woven by the Lur tribe of Iran are the pride of carpet collector Danny Mehra.

Mehra is presently hosting an exhibition of 83 carpets collected over a period of 25 years. I call these carpets perfectly imperfect. I always look for nuances that make the weaver’s signature come through like the soul which kind of comes through the weaving.

So these carpets are not perfectly balance or evenly woven they are abstract, nomadic, tribal carpets, says Mehra. The 11 day show Carpet Stories is ongoing at the India International Centre here.

Bengaluru-based Mehra says his love for carpets blossomed after his marriage when he was gifted two carpets and that set off his collecting saga.

I consider myself to be a nut as carpet collection is a rare hobby. I think a lot of men when they reach middle age they start thinking about or buy a red sports car but I started buying carpets and I have been collecting for about 25 years now, says Mehra.

There are about 83 rare carpets on display. Mehra, collects only pile-style carpet from Persia (Iran), Anatolia (Turkey), the Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Dagestan), Central Asia (Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan) and various Kurdish enclaves and also has a collections of durries and furniture from the Swat Valley Region of Pakistan.