Nothing gets me more excited than some new Persian Isfahans!!

We have two new Persian Isfahans and three new Persian Tabriz’ that just arrived in inventory this past week. They are absolutely gorgeous! They are woven with a wool pile and silk highlights and are also on a silk foundation. They have approximately 600 knots per square inch. These rugs are beautiful to behold and are in the shop now. Stop on by and have a look if you get the opportunity!12346297_10207173880938479_4340738969513262654_n12345652_10207173880498468_5360465873050727924_n12369209_10207173879338439_2881477886554046637_n

The Persian Gabbeh

Gabbehs are a type of tribal or village rug woven in Iran. Most times they are woven with a wool pile and also a wool foundation. There are some exceptions but usually they are very rustic and feature a few figures with minimal design. Many times they are in the more neutral colors and use hand spun wool and some natural dyes. they tend to be of a modest knot density but are quite durable and rugged. they are great rugs. Shown below is an app. 3.5 x 5 Gabbeh.  This one IS done with the hand spun wool and some natural dyes. Thanks everyone and have a great day.Gabbeh

Getting your home ready for the holidays.

Now is the time of year to gets your rugs up and cleaned so the will be back in and ready to go for the fall season. It is also the time of year to consider buying a new rug for a room that you may have updated or redone. New inventory will be arriving and great discounts will be offered on the old inventory not just here at our store but at furniture and rug stores across the country. Look forward to seeing you soon. Have a great day.mpage_exterior

The Persian Kashan.

Kashan is a city in Iran. Hand woven rugs with this design come from in or around this city. They come in several different qualities and many different combinations of colors. the most traditional combination however is the blue medallion with a red field and a blue border. These rugs come in all different sizes and are duplicated in India, China, Pakistan, Turkey, and a few other countries as well. They usually are woven with a wool pile and a cotton foundation however sometimes they may have silk highlights or be woven of silk. These are lovely rugs and would make a great addition to any room. Thanks. have a great day.

Entertaining season is right around the corner.

It’s almost that time of year again. The time when all the rug cleaning is being or has been done and the rugs are getting ready to be put down for the fall entertaining season. Or, it’s time to buy a new rug for one of the rooms in your home. In shopping for a rug, several things need to be considered. Get into a budget you are comfortable with. Figure out the size you need and then, within your budget, fine the rug for you. It is most important to buy a rug that you truly love because hand made rugs last a lifetime and while fabrics and curtains may change periodically, the rug will be the most enduring thing in the room. We have some great inventory here for you to check out and will be getting more in soon. Thanks and have a great day!

Rug cleaning

You should plan on having your rug cleaned every 2 or 3 years if it is in heavy traffic and every 4 to 5 years if it is in a light traffic area. The most appropriate method to have done is a soap and water method. The rug should be vacuumed heavily front and backed several times before the cleaning process starts and then again after the rug has been cleaned and dried. The fringe should be washed with hot water and a product called brown ex. This brightens up the fringes without being to harsh on them. The rug should then be dried using large drying fans and little if any heat. Dry cleaning a rug is not the recommended procedure for an oriental rug. Just a ffew tips for the day. Thanks and have a great 4th of July!

The Persian Qum

I had a rug come in earlier today for appraisal and it was so beautiful that it inspired me to write about this particular kind of rug. The Qum is a very fine quality rug originating in and around the city of Qum in Iran. These rugs usually consist of anywhere between 500 and 850 knots per square inch depending on the quality and for the most part are woven in silk with a silk foundation. The rug that I saw today was about 600 knots per square inch and was in fact pure silk. Qum is where some of the finest rugs in the world are woven and this rug certainly reminded me of that fact. Just some thoughts for today. Have a great day.Qum

Correct Dining Room Rug Size.

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6 chair setting and an 8×10

People often come in looking for a dining room rug and really have no idea what size they need. The correct size rug would depend on the table. A general rule of thumb though would be that in an average size townhouse, a 6×9 would be appropriate because usually the ten feet on an 8×10 is just a bit to long. In a large town home or a single family home a ding table with a standard six chair setting requires an 8×10. This allows you to pull your chairs away from the table without going off the edge of the rug. Finally, if you are using an eight or a ten chair setting, then a 9×12 or a 10×14 would be the appropriate standard size. If you have a larger table than eight or ten you would move up to a twelve by sixteen or there about. Most importantly, you want to be able to pull the chairs away from the table without going off the rug. The only time this may be difficult to achieve is in a townhouse using the 6×9. Hope this helps. Thanks. Have a great day.

The Blanket Stitch

Oriental rugs come in to the store all the time with frayed ends or in need of minor fringe repair. In these cases often the rug , although a nice rug, is not worth spending hundreds of dollars on tying in a new fringe or reweaving the area. This is when a blanket stitch might be called for. It is a small square stitch that stabilizes the area. It could be across the entire width of the rug or just a segment. It could be on the side or even on occasion, in the middle of the rug. The blanket stitch is purely for the security and stability of the rug. Aesthetically it does nothing for the effected area. This is what I would call maintenance just like having your rug cleaned. A blanket stitch will last several years and then it may wear out and need to be done again. Thanks. Have a great day.box-stitch (1)

Old school Pak/Persian pieces.

I had an interesting surprise a few days ago. A client of mine came in with a rug she had purchased elsewhere about 2-3 years ago and asked me if I would sell it for her. She said it just wasn’t working with the other rugs she had. This rug is what is known as a Pak/Persian.(Persian design from Pakistan) Now these rugs come in several different qualities from the 10/10 all the way up to generally the 16/16 quality.  Back in the day we used to sell something called the 16/18 quality. 285 knots per square inch. Very finely spun wool and a luster wash that would feel exquisite under anyone’s feet. This rug, this beautiful rug that she brought me was just that. A 16/18 quality and in very good shape. Beautiful workmanship. Tremendous clarity in the design. Just an amazing rug. Every now and then, I happen across these pieces and it just brings me back. For your viewing pleasure, a picture will be posted with this entry. Thanks and have a great day!

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