Old Mill Room

Old Mill Room

With its red painted floors and rough ceiling beams, the Old Mill Room once served as the store entrance. Now it houses the store offices and an unparalleled collection of 19th and early 20th century Oriental Rugs. Nearby hangs a cartoon that was used by weavers as a pattern for wool color and design. In use, the cartoon is usually hung on the loom, and when many weavers work together on a large loom a chanter may sit to the side calling out the wool  colors "4 red, 3 blue, 5 brown" in a steady cadence while the weavers keep pace with his chanting. Because this was the original entrance room to the store, a "welcome" sign in lapis-glazed “hallal” good luck beads welcomes visitors into the next room. Near the offices is a large white horse that was used as a tack model in the late 19th century.