Gregorian Oriental Rugs
Gregorian Oriental Rugs at The Mill in Newton Lower Falls offers a magnificent collection of the most exquisite oriental rugs. A historic gem, Gregorian was founded in the midst of the Great Depression by Arthur T Gregorian, the first of three generations to carry on the family business. Since 1934, the Gregorian family has been making a name for themselves as the top choice for designers and customers throughout New England.
The first Gregorian store was opened in a tiny retail space below street level in Wellesley, Massachusetts, in 1934. The business was founded on three enduring principles: select only genuine, hand-woven rugs from the preeminent weaving centers of the world; continually strive for customer service excellence and foster an appreciation for the art, history and lore of Oriental Rugs.
In 1940, the business was moved to an antique home with an adjacent shop in Newton Lower Falls, and then in 1942, moved again to an old mill building on Washington St. Six years later, Gregorian’s purchased the C.F. Crehore paper mill building, which remains home to the store to this day. Over the years, they have made many additions to the building, expanding and updating to fit the business needs, yet preserving the old character of the building from its earliest days. Today, the entire mill building boasts over 40,000 square feet of space, with many distinct galleries that display several thousand handmade oriental rugs, as well as their repair and restoration service spaces.
At Gregorian, you can expect to receive exceptionally attentive and personalized service. Their above and beyond services include direct delivery and pick-up, as well as a generous “Live with Your Rug” trial period, and rug care and restoration programs.
“With roots firmly planted in the bazaars and rug trading centers of the Middle East, India and Asia, the Gregorian family continues to be intimately involved in the selection of rugs for their collection. Gregorian’s truly offers their customers ‘a little part of Persia in Newton Lower Falls.’”
Traditional rugs are the classics – Bidjar, Keshan – featuring rich reds and blues that many associate with a typical oriental rug. Traditional rugs can be old and new, but what really keeps them true to style is their colors and designs. Woven in cities, towns and villages of Iran, Turkey and Egypt, these rugs exude the traditional Persian way of weaving, and represent some of the finest wool and silk carpets available.
Transitional rugs are often based off of more traditional rugs. They take design ideas from traditional patterns and “transition” to a somewhat updated and more contemporary design. To illustrate this, imagine a very traditional, tightly woven and detailed Persian floral rug. A transitional rug interpretation might feature larger, more simplistic and more open flowers, with softer colors – perhaps earth tones, or soft blues, greens, tans and golds. The intrinsic roots of a transitional rug may be quite traditional, but with a more modern, updated aesthetic.
Contemporary Rugs have a more modern flair, and are updated to fit the trends of today. Where traditional rugs have ornate, detailed patterns with a trend towards deep reds and blues, and very careful detail work, contemporary rugs may have a more abstract quality to them, or utilize a different color palate. There is a tremendous amount of variety of different contemporary rug styles and designs, and they are truly catered towards the modern tastes of the 21st century.
Antique Rugs available at Gregorian are generally those that have been woven between the late 19th century and World War II, but occasionally older pieces that are still in good condition are available as well. These rugs show off exquisite artistry from many years past, and are true one-of-a-kind creations.
Flat Weaves are a different style of rug that doesn’t have piles. They may seem more like a blanket than a rug, and often have a more casual appeal. Flat Weaves can be traditional, contemporary, tribal – all sorts of patterns, but the way they are woven is what sets them apart. Their patterns today tend to be simpler, and feature newer patterns. Flat weaves often show up in second homes, seaside homes, or lofts, where the décor and the living style are more laid-back and relaxed.
Tribal rugs are commonly woven by nomadic or semi-nomadic people in small villages across Iran, Afghanistan and Turkey. They tend to be smaller in size (no larger than 6×9), and more primitive in their designs. Often tribal rugs will feature lots of whimsy – geometric shapes, stick figure people, animal figures, free forms – these types of rugs are much more an expression of the weaver who creates them, which is an interpretation of what’s been handed down from generation to generation.
I’m sure you realize how congenial each of your staff members are–from sales to the young men who carry rugs to the car–we can’t say enough about these people. Most sales people just want to sell, your people want their customer to truly enjoy what has been purchased and there is the difference.J.&A.R.
Since the early 50’s my husband and I hear praise of the Gregorian rugs and your gallery. We have three rugs and wish to report that I’m especially happy with the installation last Wednesday by Mike. He did a fine, careful job, very courteously. He was a pleasure to have in the house. Our dog thought so too.Mrs. M.K.D.
My rugs still warm my heart each day. I have fond memories of the first time we met and of the times we came to your wonderful store – a long association which taught us much and enriched the lives of our whole family.Mrs. H.T.W.