WHAT DEFINES A VALUABLE ORIENTAL RUG?
Traditionally, hand-knotted Oriental rugs are of very high quality. It is a long road of experiences until you might call yourself a carpet knotter, a road less and less young people are willing to take. Rugs are made with precision and the love of detail. The whole knotting process can take years for very fine ones, which makes hand-knotted rugs highly valuable. But there is also a great reason why machine-made carpets cannot take over the industry and never will: each hand-knotted oriental rug has its own unique character and is unreachable in quality. In addition to that, they are made of natural materials such as cotton, sheep-wool, silk or camel-hair. Their colours are often natural, too. Plant colours are in many ways better than synthetic colours when it comes to their shine and durability. Experts look out for small errors in the pattern of a rug. Errors are a sign of handmade quality, since even a master in knotting makes mistakes. If you find an error do not allow yourself to be misled. Hand-knotted oriental rugs origin from various countries such as Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Turkey, Turkmenistan, China, the Caucasus and even Nepal. Well-known ones are of course the Persian rugs from Iran, but this shouldn’t stop you from taking a look outside this region.
WHAT KINDS OF ORIENTAL RUGS EXIST?
There is a very wide range of oriental carpets. The best way to differentiate them is by their region of origin. While Persian rugs originate from Iran, there are also other places of oriental rug production of high quality and tradition such as Afghanistan and Pakistan. The rugs can also be differentiated by their design. For example, kilims are getting more and more popular these days. This kind of rug is mostly made by Nomads and originally has been used in many different ways, for example as curtains or blankets. Another way to distinguish oriental rugs from one another is to take a look at the materials. The finest pieces are made entirely of silk and are highly valuable. Most are made of sheep wool, while cheaper ones in turn are made of cotton. Modern rugs are easily recognizable by their geometrical patterns. But even oriental patchwork designs, combining the old and the new, are getting more and more popular. If you’re searching for a piece of ancient history, you’ll find it in antique Persian rugs. These are rarities and highly valuable not just because of their old age. Generally, we offer oriental rugs in all popular sizes, in various designs and shapes. Whether you search for a rug runner or simply a rug for your living room, with us you are going to find the perfect one. Colours range from green, red, beige and brown to light summer shades of lime or blue.
WHAT KIND OF ORIENTAL RUGS ARE TRENDING?
Oriental rugs are on a soaring comeback. You can find them in nearly all interior-magazines. Currently, the most popular ones are by far the kilims. Those are characterized by flat woven fabrics with an ethnic look and geometrical patterns, which are perfectly combinable with modern furniture. Some of the trendiest rugs are the ones with an Abrash style. Abrash is a colour variation on the surface, which can emerge for different reasons. Sunlight, for example, can affect a carpet’s colours and bleach them out, which creates a beautiful vintage look. This effect is often artificially imitated to turn the oriental rug into casual designer pieces. Trending pieces are also the classic Persian rugs with their traditional colours of dark red, blue and beige.
WHAT SHOULD I PAY ATTENTION TO WHEN BUYING AN ORIENTAL RUG?
Searching for an original hand-knotted rug, there are a lot of things you should keep in mind to find a piece of quality. As mentioned before, small errors are not a sign of low quality, but of crafting by hand. Even the greatest masters make mistakes, machines usually don’t, therefore errors are a hint for a hand-knotted rug. Of course, you should also consider the materials, as there are such as sheep-wool, silk and others. If possible, find out which manufactory the carpet was made in. It is important that it was made under the best circumstances. In the end, a carpet is only as good as its knotter.
Relevant is also the future place of the rug at your home. What room are you going to place it in? Rugs in the kitchen need to be much more insensitive to stains and daily stress than those lying in the living room. For example, colors like grey, black and brown are less prone to stains. In any case you find all available oriental rugs online in our shop. We ship each product for free within the UK. Please note that each carpet is unique and available sizes are naturally limited. However, for almost each rug you are able to find at least one or two similar items in our shop. Feel free to browse through this page with the most gorgeous oriental carpets. Simply add those you like most to your wishlist for a comparison later on.
WHERE CAN I FIND RUGS MADE TO MEASURE?
If none of the oriental rugs you’ve found fits, don’t give up hope. We offer customized products. Just tell us what you desire and we will make your personal dream come true. Please bear in mind that an individual production takes time. To contact us for this purpose click here. A new trend for oriental rugs is hanging them on the wall. In particular, a beautiful hand-knotted rug stands out. We made a selection of beautiful oriental rugs for the wall .
HOW TO TREAT ORIENTAL RUGS
Hand knotted Oriental carpets are valuable pieces of art that need to be taken care of. Vacuuming may not be fun, but it needs to be done in regular intervals. Make sure to vacuum perpendicularly to the pile direction. If you vacuum against the pile direction, it can provide unnecessary wear on the rug and can cause shedding and damage. In addition to that, you should vacuum the backside of the rug at least once a year. If you have stains on your carpet, blot the stained area with a lint-free towel or rag. Gently scratch off dry stains with a sharp knife. Dab a washcloth in water and blot over the stained area to rinse off any remnants of the dirt from the fibres. Always test a small area of your carpet first to avoid bleached colours. If you have furniture on it, move them weekly to avoid harming the pile. If your carpet lays somewhere the sunlight reaches parts of it, turn it around once in a while so that the sunlight affects it evenly. Of course, you should follow the manufacturer’s notice, which usually can be found on the backside of the rug. If you still have questions, consider asking experts, such as we are. We love to help and know how Oriental rugs should be treated to keep them beautiful as they are from their first day on.
HOW TO PATCH OR REPAIR ORIENTAL RUGS
Sometimes stains are not the only problem people have with their rugs. Unfortunately, moths also love to eat wool. Also, sharp objects or heeled shoes stress the rug. To prevent smaller damages to become larger und irrepairable, you should have your rug repaired by a professional. The price for such a reparation is about 30€ to 40€ per square meter. Holes and perforations are examined carefully to make a personal offer. A good reparation takes its time, but it is worth it. Professionals can make your old damaged carpet look like it’s new.