On the big screen – Oriental and Persian rugs making an appearance in films
If you were asked to think of a beautiful Oriental or Persian rug in a film, your mind would probably go straight to Disney’s Aladdin and his magic carpet. There through thick and thin, the street urchin Aladdin has a change of luck when he meets the enchanted carpet once trapped in the Cave of Wonders.
Aladdin’s magic carpet is not only beautiful, in a striking regal purple shade with highlights of gold and claret, but a real character in this Disney classic without even saying a single word throughout the entire film! The carpet communicates with his new friends by contorting itself and moving it’s tasselled corners. Did you also know that part of the design on this magic Persian rug is the tiger’s head that creates the opening to the Cave of Wonders?
Whilst Aladdin’s magic carpet gets him out of trouble on numerous occasions, another famous rug from the silver screen gets the film’s protagonist in all sorts of sticky situations. “The Dude” Lebowski from The Big Lebowski is left seeking payback after two thugs who mistake him for a millionaire ruin his precious Persian rug when he can’t pay them. Understandably The Dude is not happy that his ornate Persian rug has been wrecked so he sets out with his bowling buddies to get a replacement rug from the cause of the mistaken identity, the wealthy Mr Lebowski. One things leads to another and what starts as a quest for a replacement Persian rug soon turns into a catalogue of disasters for The Dude.
Despite very different story lines in both of these classic films, Aladdin and The Big Lebowski focus on the gorgeous Persian rugs that take centre stage in spite of the fact they’re inanimate objects, and the stunning rugs become a huge part of these great films.