New ‘Master Weavers’ exhibit highlights Margic Carpet weekend event |

New ‘Master Weavers’ exhibit highlights Margic Carpet weekend event

Staff and owners at the The Magic Carpet celebrate their 35th anniversary at an event Saturday and Sunday at their store in Nevada City.
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A new exhibit, “Master Weavers — Treasures for a Lifetime,” will be on display this weekend during the 35th anniversary celebration at The Magic Carpet, 408 Broad St., Nevada City.

The exhibit, which takes place during the event from from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. showcases more than 40 Cultural Survival rugs from Afghanistan and India, as well as antique master pieces.

The rugs have all been hand-woven, in traditional designs, using the best vegetable dyes. There will be a variety of styles and colors, in all shapes and sizes.

In addition, there will be experts on site to answer any questions, along with an educational video showcasing a village weaving community in India.

The video, which will run throughout the weekend, will show the entire Oriental rug making process, from hand-carding, spinning and dying the wool, to designing and weaving the rugs.

A continuous slideshow will also present images and captions about washing techniques, the weaving process, the Cultural Survival Projects and some examples of masterpieces in Oriental rugs.

During the weekend event, there will be free rug and pillow prize drawings, ethnic treats and music. There will also be a 30 percent off storewide sale.

Following the weekend, there will be a 20 percent off storewide sale from Nov. 9 to Jan. 15.

The anniversary event celebrates the fact that 35 years ago, Paul and Eileen Jorgensen launched The Magic Carpet and have been serving Nevada County ever since with fine decorative arts.

They have been bringing back spectacular hand-spun, hand-carded, vegetable-dyed and hand-knotted Cultural Survival rugs from their many world travels, supporting women and the weaving communities in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nepal.

Since 2013, Peter Cohen and his wife Carolien van Straten have taken over the daily management of the business. I

n addition to displaying the beauty of Oriental rugs, they also offer expert wash and repair services and appraisals.

They also continue the tradition of offering educational events and presentations, exploring the cultures of the master rug weavers.

For more information, see or call (530) 265-9229.

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