I’m still dreaming about this vintage Suzani after visiting Cadry’s rug showrooms earlier this week. Yes, a Suzani, at Cadry’s. And it’s the real deal and BEAUTIFUL.
Finding Suzanis at Cadry’s was the first surprise. The prices were the next. I think many people my age might be intimidated to go into Cadry’s showrooms (there’s a classic and a contemporary, across the road from each other in Sydney’s Edgecliff) but don’t be. Go in and have a look. Yes, there are some ridiculously valuable rugs in there made of pure silk, and that take months to make, but there are also some great quality affordable rugs too. And some things are worth investing a little more in.
I was lucky enough to be given the tour by Jared Cadry, grandson of Iranian immigrant Jacques Cadry, who started the business in the 1950s. His father, Bob, now runs the business. It is quite clear that rugs are in Jared’s blood and his enthusiasm and passion for the craft and history of rug making are infectious. I wouldn’t personally buy anything in the classic showroom, but I loved hearing all about how and where the rugs are made. And some of them are quite stunning, so detailed and vibrant I couldn’t stop looking at them.
The best part of my tour was the special rug museum where their impressive collection of really old, really special, really large rugs, worth many thousands of dollars, can be found. I couldn’t believe the great condition and colours of rugs like the above. Jared had great stories to tell about their provenance too, like the rug that came from a Russian spy, or a palace, and all corners of the globe. These are the stunning one-off rugs bought by the top interior designers for their wealthy clients!
It was a fascinating history lesson and I thoroughly enjoyed my time with rug addict Jared!
Next week on Interiors Addict, I’ll be teaming up with Cadry’s to offer readers a free rug identification service via Instagram. Have you inherited a family rug you know nothing about? You’ll be able to post a picture and Jared will tell you more about it. Stay tuned for more details.