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The Heirs

December 20, 2013 by CADRYS

Woven in Time

The heirs and the heirlooms

Jacques Cadry’s all-consuming passion and infinite knowledge of the rug business has much more than inspired his sons and their children whose latest pursuits showcase tomorrow’s heirlooms that include the best the world has to offer, writes Christine Hogan.

Jacques Cadry was a man of many passions. Most knew of him as a highly respected rug dealer who loved to share his encyclopedic knowledge of the industry.

He would inspire his customer’s imaginations – recalling fascinating tales from the magical destinations in which he had sourced his latest rug collection. From the bustling business centres of Iran, Armenia or Turkey to the remotest villages where he sourced unique antique turkomans, kazaks and kilims which all adorned his showroom.

But there was more to Jacque Cadry than carpets. He was a zealous collector of objects – Antique Russian icons, rare historical portrait carpets, 19th-Century Russian silver teaspoons, antique perfume bottles, hand-written Korans and illustrated Persian manuscripts of the 16th and 17th Centuries, rare old books – even Ikat ceremonial gowns from Uzbekistan.

He was also an inveterate collector of people, constantly holding court in his iconic Sydney showroom in Edgecliff. Surrounded by a treasure trove of rare and exotic rugs there was a constant stream of artists, philosophers and judges along with the children of friends long passed for whom he acted as virtual godfather. Archbishops of obscure Eastern rite Christian churches, historians, museum curators, a Catholic priest who was a leading Islamic scholar, Francophones, Francophiles, and carpet connoisseurs from all over the world — even the flamboyant renowned fabric designer Florence Broadhurst was among his mix.

Jacques Cadry was also a visionary, something his younger son Bob cherished from an early age. “I would be on a buying trip with my father, and he would buy a particular carpet, something I knew would not sell quickly in the shop. When I asked him why he was buying it, he would simply say: “Because you will never be able to find something like this again”. It is this mindset that has created a great legacy collection of some of the rarest and sought after tribal village and city weaves from Persia, the Caucasus, and Turkmenistan in the world.

An eye for the unique, the irreplaceable and the beautiful – that is what informed Jacque’s aesthetic and continues to be the raison d’etre for the family dynasty. It was partly genetic – he was the fourth generation in his family to deal in carpets. The family business had started during the 1850s in Asiatic Russia and was continued by his father, Hajji Israel Cadry, a prosperous Tehrani carpets dealer by the time his son Jacques was born in 1910.

And it was partly by inclination and education: as he traveled from Tehran to school and journeyed through parts of the world that he saw where carpets had long been an easily tradeable commodity.  His expertise was ingrained into his sons Eddie and Bob and his passion and knowledge has also been embraced by the sixth generation of Cadrys  – his grandson Mark (Eddie’s son), has an amazing eye for colour and design and has totally transformed Florence Broadhurst’s designs into an unforgettable collection and tribute to the design genius of one of Australia’s most fascinating women.

With the sole rights to recreate designs from the Signature Prints Florence Broadhurst library, Cadry’s first two collections have been lauded at home and around the world. It’s ironic that 30 years after her death, Jacques old friend Florence Broadhurst  has been reborn with a rug collection created by his sons and grandson.

It is a respected and revered family business which has expanded since Jacques Cadry opened his first shop in Sydney in 1952. Since his death ten years ago, the business now offers a contemporary and custom gallery across the street in Glenmore Road which has an extraordinary offering.

The contemporary gallery space stocks award-winning rugs by leading European designers including Jan Kath. Their creations sit comfortably beside their many one-of-a-kind contemporary hand knotted rugs from Afghanistan, India and Nepal. The contemporary range offers a refined and lively balance to the more traditional carpets across the road, provide custom orders and share the same pedigrees that have made the Cadry’s collections so discerning.

Mark Cadry explains, “All our contemporary rugs are hand knotted in Nepal in the same authentic and traditional manner that has existed for centuries which will ensure lasting quality and value. For us it was of primary importance that each piece was made with high-quality materials and produced in an ethical and sustainable manner,” he says.

The Contemporary showroom is where you can order anything your heart desires whether it be the simplest rug with subtle nuances of colour to a  massive colourful masterpiece in silk and nettle.

Jacques Cadry would have loved the idea that even rugs past their prime could be reworked and reborn into something modern and useful… and become a piece of history for which another person could fall in love.

As Bob Cadry laments: Tufted rugs are tomorrow’s landfill, whereas hand woven wool and silk rugs (as long as they are treasured) are great investments to love and cherish. They will be heirlooms that tell a story about a place in time.”

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