Solmaz Es'haghloo-Galougahi

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors

PhD Candidate & Graduate Teaching Assistant, President TMI/GSC


Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
B.A. Carpet design Art University of Semnan, Iran 2013
M.A. Raw Materials and Dyeing Art University of Tabriz, Iran 2015
Research Certificate Qualitative Method University of Georgia 2024
PhD. Textiles, Merchandising, and Interiors University of Georgia 2021-now


Specializing in the rich cultural tapestry woven within Oriental rugs, my research delves into their multifaceted presence within the United States and their profound significance in Eastern traditions. My academic journey commenced with a bachelor's degree in carpet and fabric design, steering me towards a deeper exploration of natural dyeing techniques for fabrics integral to rug crafting during my master's studies. The pivotal moment of immigrating to the United States ignited my awareness of the cultural essence of these intricate weavings. This awakening fueled my scholarly pursuit of the diverse interpretations of material culture across different societal landscapes. Consequently, my doctoral research centers on unraveling rugs' nuanced utilization and cultural significance, illuminating how various cultural perspectives shape their understanding.

Prior Professional Positions

Organization Title Years of Service
Mohawk Industries Carpet Design Intern 2024
Mohawk Industries Carpet Design Intern 2023
Tabriz carpet designing company Rug designer Jun 2018- October 2020
Freelance Designer Fabric designer 2015-2020


Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
L.Frank and Georgia D. Rodgers Graduate Student Award College of Family and Consumer Sciences 2024
Michael Schoenecke Travel Grant PCA National Conference 2024
Jones Anderson Family Endowment Scholarship The College of Family and Consumer Sciences 2023
Virginia Wilbanks Kilgore Scholarship The College of Family and Consumer Sciences 2023
Outstanding Teaching Assistant University of Georgia 2022-2023


Organization Title Year(s) Service Type
Diversity, equity, and inclusion Representing the Textile, Merchandising, and Interiors department for the FACS DEI 2023-2024
TMI Graduate students committee Vice President 2022-2023
TMI Graduate students committee President 2023-2024

Advisory Committee

Co-chair advisors: Dr. Katalin Medvedev & Dr. Kim Rich Meister

Committee member: Dr. Giovanni Pietro Dazzo

Committee member: Dr. Jeyeon Jo

Areas of Expertise

Textile Science, Textile Design, Rug and Carpet Design

Journal Articles

Sadeghi-Kiakhani, M., Tehrani-Bagha, A. R., Safapour, S., Eshaghloo-Galugahi, S., & Etezad, S. M. (2021). Ultrasound-assisted extraction of natural dyes from Hawthorn fruits for dyeing polyamide fabric and study its fastness, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties. Environment, Development and Sustainability, 23(6), 9163-9180.

Safapour, S., Sadeghi-Kiakhani, M., & Eshaghloo-Galugahi, S. (2018). Extraction, dyeing, and antibacterial properties of Crataegus elbursensis fruit natural dye on wool yarn. Fibers and Polymers, 19(7), 1428-1434.

Seyed-Saadati, S. H., Eshaghloo Galougahi, S., Safapour, S., & Sadeghi-Kiakhani, M. (2015). Optimization of ultrasonic-assisted extraction process of Hawthorn fruit natural dye. Journal of Color Science and Technology (ICST), 9(4), 8. Institute for Color Science and Technology with scientific cooperation of Iran Color Society.



Weaving Past into Present: Using Poetic Analysis to Explore the Cultural Significance of Oriental Rugs in Shaping Personal Identity, accepted in the ICQI international conference.

Unraveling Cross-Cultural Knots of Oriental Rug: Identity, Adaptation, and Perception," accepted at the PCA national conference.

Working Papers

Memoirs in Weave: Oriental Rugs, Childhood Memory, and Adulthood Identity

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