Archive for July, 2011

Persian Rugs, Oriental Rugs: New Vs. Old

Generally speaking, area rugs can be divided into two categories: New and old. Up until recent years, both rug experts and rug buyers agreed that the quality of the wool as well as the dyes used in older pieces were of a superior grade. However, the fact is that new Persian and Oriental rugs being produced today are definitely of a much higher quality compared to those produced during the last fifty years. Many of these new rugs are no longer regarded as inferior to older pieces. With such a large volume of new rugs readily available in today’s market, rug buyers need to get more educated about them before buying one.

New Persian Malayer, hand-spun wool, natural dyes

New Persian Malayer, hand-spun wool, natural dyes

Although most information sources deal with the subject of old and antique rugs, consumers are still able to find useful information both online and offline. Despite the fact that contemporary patterns seem to be in style, most producers tend to return to traditional designs, using hand-spun wool and natural dyes. This trend can easily be observed in Pakistani rugs owing mostly to a large population of rug-weaving Afghan refugees producing some of the most beautiful pieces available in the market.

Some new rugs go through a complicated and time-consuming wash process to gain an “antique” appearance. In some instances,
the wool is washed by the same techniques before the weaving starts, resulting in a final product that would be difficult to distinguish against genuine antiques. Having said all this, keep in mind that it would be very difficult, if not impossible, to produce new rugs with the “feel” of older rugs. The latter used to be made by weavers who were in love with their work and looked at it as an art, whereas the former are made by weavers who need to finish their work fast in order to get money and pay bills. With all that in mind, many new rugs of today will become antique masterpieces 100 years from now, and that is something to be happy about.

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Persian Rugs, Oriental Rugs: Decorating Tips

Finding the right rug for your home can be frustrating. The energy reflected in your life and work is somehow related to the interior of your home and workplace. Persian rugs and Oriental area rugs not only bring color to your home, but also add positive energy to your life. The pattern and colors of rugs you use in your home often tell a lot about your personality to others. Different types of personality demand different types of rugs. This is why the rug industry has to produce such a large number of items, and still is unable to satisfy every consumer.

The state of the feeling in your home will also determine the right rug for it. With lighter colors of walls and carpets, a rug with a somewhat darker color combination will often make a bold statement in your home, making the overall feeling more balanced. The opposite can also be valid. Persian rugs and Oriental area rugs can be used to cover the whole floor with the furniture sitting entirely on top of them, or as a centerpiece in a living area where you want more of your floor to be exposed. What makes the process of selecting a rug for your home much easier, is the fact that they come in all possible sizes, patterns, and color combinations. An otherwise boring environment can easily turn to a joyful space.

Almost all people who have had the experience with decorating a home will claim you make things much easier for yourself if you select the rug first and then try to decorate around it. While that statement is still true, with so many choices to select from, the process is not going to be as hard as it used to. Just keep in mind that the mood of your rug needs to go hand in hand with the mood of your interior without making you redesign your home. Your rug needs to correspond to your personality as well. A quiet person will feel better with muted and subdued colors whereas an active person with a busy life will probably feel better with stronger color contrasts and patterns of more detail. At the end of the day, it all comes down to your personal taste when choosing the right rug for your home. If you have the patience in looking for the rug of your dreams, you will definitely find what fits your needs.

Persian Rugs, Oriental Rugs

Persian Rugs, Oriental Rugs

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