As you enter the Fireplace Room from the Old Mill Room, notice the beaded "welcome" sign made of Khar Mohreha, donkey beads. Made of clay with a lapis glaze, the beads are traditionally woven into donkey or horse blankets to avert the evil eye and keep away bad luck. The tradition is that if the eye sees something of true beauty, it won't see the temptations of the world. Built over the old garage, the Fireplace Room displays many unusual and interesting rugs from villages and urban looms that create some of the most interesting and decorative wall hangings and area rugs of all sizes. When the room was built in the 60's, a large native fieldstone fireplace was built for warmth. Now it is simply adorned with antique artifacts gathered on Gregorian travels to the Middle East. We also hold our popular Trash or Treasures lectures here. This space also functions as our Designer’s corner, with many prominent designers having exhibited their talents by creating a “room” around an oriental rug.