What defines a good 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. Carpets are made with precision and the love of detail. The whole knotting process can take years, which makes hand-knotted carpets 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 mostly natural, too. Natural colours are in any way better than synthetic colours. Experts look out for small errors in the pattern of a rug. Errors are a sign of quality, since even a master in knotting makes mistakes. So, 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, China and even Nepal. The most known ones are of course the Persian carpets from Iran, but this shouldn't stop you from taking a look outside the box.
Which kinds of Oriental rugs are there?
There is a very wide range of Oriental rugs. The best way to differentiate them is by their region of origin. While Persian carpets 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 rugs are mostly made by Nomads and originally have been used in many different ways, for example as curtains or blankets.
Another way to distinguish Oriental carpets from one another is to take a look at the materials. The finest carpets 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 carpets 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 carpets. These carpets are rarities and highly valuable not just because of their old age.
Which Oriental rugs are in vogue?
Oriental rugs are having a great 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 fabrics with an ethnic look and geometrical patterns, which are perfectly combinable with modern furniture. Some of the trendiest rugs are the ones with n Abrash style. Abrash is a colour variation on carpets, which can emerge for different reasons. Sunlight, for example, can affect a carpet's colours and bleach them out, which creates a great vintage look. This effect is often artificially imitated to turn carpets into casual designer pieces. Trending pieces are also the classical Persian carpets with their traditional colours of red, blue and beige.
What should I pay attention to when buying an Oriental rug?
Searching for an original hand-knotted Oriental 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 of hand-knotted rugs. 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 your carpet was made under the best circumstances. In the end, a carpet is only as good as its knotter.
Where can I find rugs made to measure?
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How to treat Oriental rugs
Hand knotted Oriental rugs 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 your carpet, move them weekly to avoid harming the pile and 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 carpet. 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 of the carpets. 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.