Archive for September, 2010

rugs, life, zen

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

So I have started back at university now and in the house we are renting there are no rugs. It is very cold because it is all laminate flooring. The laminate flooring is terribly laid. There is a huge hole underneath one of my boards behind the door.

I would love a shaggy circle rug in my bedroom in purples and grey. My room is the smallest and could never fit a rug in. I miss my university campus room, we had carpets and could have the heating on whenever we wanted.

All of my house mates have moved in now and we are trying to adjust to living in a house together and doing things independently. Unfortunately I don’t have the internet at home so I have to travel all the way to the library with my computer because I refuse to use the library computers.

They are supposedly re- carpeting the cafe in the library so I wont be able to come to the library to get internet so i might have to hack into someones wifi.

My friends all have cheap ikea rugs in their bedrooms but I would love a designer one in mine.

Blog about Rugs

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

There isn’t much to say about rugs, believe me it is a limited subject. After you have written about where the rugs come from and how the are made it can get hard to come up with something original.

I have been writing this blog for a while now and I have to write about 3 a week which is hard because I can’t find something new each time I write a blog. There are certain things even I find is uninspiring,  like how expensive a persian rug is. I don’t even understand why… is it because they are so prestigious, or maybe their beauty? Some of them are blatantly not very well made either, like cheap copies.

As I have now taken over the company (for a bit) the pressure is on for me to get things done. I can’t be slacking off because I have a lot more responsibilities, like writing this blog for example now feels like a waste of time when I should be taking payments or sorting deliveries, but instead I buckle down and find some new material to write about.

Shaggy rugs are probably my favourite type of rug that we supply. I like the feel of them and there dense pile.

Well I have to go and take a payment so this is the end of this.

Until Friday, bye for now.

Designer Rugs

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Anyone can design a rug, be it for a living room, dining room or bed room. The key is to think about the preparation. Finding the correct dimension os the rug and the type of rug is easy. What is hard is the colour and design that will fit in with your already existent decor.

Would a contrasting rug colour go with your furnishings? Or would colour matching your furniture go better? You must also think if an irregular shape could bring a personality to your room? All of these are significant questions ou should be asking yourself when you come to purchasing a rug.

Our rugs at rug designer are all 100% wool and can be cut into any shape desired. We can cut the pile in different lengths to add a layered look to the rug, We can also do colour matching and match to any colour desired for a extra cost. We can also get it delivered to you in less than 4 weeks.

To buy a rug

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

When choosing a rug, it’s easy to be lured in by its appearance but there are other, more important factors, too. Think about how much wear your rug may face. Lounges need hard-wearing rugs, while a guest bedroom will suit a lighter grade. In a well-used room, buy the best you can afford and position it where it will receive the least damage. Choose a rug that is versatile. Plain rugs go in most rooms, but they can be uninspiring and show the dirt. If you go for too much pattern, though, you could be limiting your options. A rug can last for many years, depending on its material, pile and construction. The best (and most expensive) rugs are made from wool, which looks wonderful and is also durable. Synthetic fibres cost less and wear well, but they are no substitute for the real thing. A blended wool rug might be an affordable compromise.

The simple look Natural fibre rugs are hard wearing and stain resistant, so perfect for family homes. A favourite in houses in the far east, natural-weave rugs have been around for centuries. Tatami (reed mats edged with borders) were traditionally used by the Japanese for sitting and sleeping on. Made from plant fibres such as sisal, coir, jute, seagrass and rush, these woven rugs subtly introduce light and space into a dark room and act as a subtle base colour.

A very expensive rug

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

The famed Pearl Carpet of Baroda has an astonishing starting price of $5m and will become a record breaking rug if it sells, beating the rug that sold for $4.45 million back in 2008.

The silk Persian rug in New York, Christies that sold in 2008 broke all records for the highest grossing rug but this Pearl Carpet of Baroda is expected to reach way over the $5 million mark

The sale of the spectacular rug will be handled by Sotheby’s and the auction will be the first for their new offices in Doha. Commissioned by the Maharaja of Baroda in India in the 18th century, the Pearl Carpet was created using an estimated two million natural seed pearls farmed from the Arabian Gulf. Embossed with gold set diamonds, rubies and emeralds in their hundreds, the centre piece of the exquisite rug are three large round rosettes put together using table cut diamonds set in silvered gold. This rug is seriously blinged out!

Originally intended to be gifted to the tomb of the prophet Mohammed in Medina, the Baroda rug never made it to its intended destination as “Gaekwar” Kande Rao, the Maharaja of Baroda, died before the rug could be delivered. The persian silk rug designed to echo a similar rug that exists in the Taj Mahal, the Baroda example has remained in the Indian princely family since the Maharaja’s death, briefly appearing at exhibitions such as the 1985 landmark exhibition ‘India’ at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

A house is not a home until it has it’s own a helipad.

Friday, September 10th, 2010

In 2008, to spend £50m on a new house seems excessive to say the least but to then splurge another £30m on doing it up  is mind boggling. But the super-prime section of the London property market is an exclusive world, with laws of its own. Indeed, the new Kazakh owners of the grandest house on The Bishops Avenue, north London’s billionaires’ row, believe they bagged a bargain when they bought the Toprak Mansion earlier this month.

But the decor, it seems, is not right! Despite the five reception rooms, nine main bedrooms and 16 bathrooms, all spread over 23,000 sq ft, the place is to too small. So, although Toprak, with his woollen rugs, one of the most expensive new-build properties sold in Britain at the time, this house has probably been lived in for less than a week or so since it was completed in 2001, the owners are calling in the builders and the bespoke rug designers.

By the time they’ve finished, as well as all the basics de rigueur for the self-respecting billionaire – such as wireless audiovisuals, pressurised purified water on tap and automatic security shutters, they will also build a new 30-seat cinema, squash and tennis courts, a billiards room, a beauty salon, a 24-carat gold-plated whirlpool bath, a new staff lift and a small river, complete with canoe. Even the helicopter gets its own lift: the helipad in the garden will sink into the ground and the roof will slide across the top.

The end result, expected to cover 42,000 sq ft, looks certain to outclass its next-door neighbour, Lakshmi Mittal, whose own 25,000 sq ft house, Summer Palace, can be peered into from the mansion’s 80ft main reception room. (Not that Mittal is often there: the Indian steel magnate spends most of his time at his other home in Kensington Palace Gardens, west London.)

But where are the carpets and rugs? Currently being imported from india and expected to be laid on every floor in the mansion.

Rug origins

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

The tradition of woven floor coverings has existed for centuries. The oldest surviving carpet, the well documented Pazyryk carpet is more than two thousand years old, it is a miracle that it is still in a reputable state. The weave of the carpet is of such a high quality it is obvious that carpet weaving at that time was a well engineered and also a highly efficient art form. It was discovered in a Scythian tomb in southern Siberia in the 1940s. It has been dated between the fourth and fifth centuries BC.

Yuruk rugs are mainly geometric in design. A popular design was a hexagonal motif surrounded by a key design known as the ‘running dog’ motif. The area within the hexagon would be decorated with a design of diamonds of various sizes, within each other, each of a varying colour. Outside the hexagon at each corner would be an octagon within which would be an eight-pointed star. Borders are wide and usually composed of four guards containing geometric leaf motifs. Colours are vivid but pleasingly combined.

Rug Smuggler? Sounds like the storyline of a Hugh Grant movie

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

So I was flicking through news articles last week (which happened to be pretty much all pointless celebrity gossip) when I saw this one about Hugh Grant- apparently he smuggled rugs from Turkey.

The washed up Four Weddings and a Funeral star was returning from a holiday in Turkey and stupidly tried to  sneak 4 oriental rugs through customs. To be far I wouldn’t of known to have declared the rugs so it could of been an honest mistake. But Grant knew otherwise

But they were quizzed for being suspicious. The officer who found the rugs promptly and probably happily arrested Grant for trying to dupe the duty on the imported rugs.

Grant once said to a glossy magazine- “I’ve been arrested… for smuggling. I smuggled. It was a very long time ago. I was coming back from Turkey with a girlfriend with a few rugs. We were such idiots (and still are). We came through an airport in the middle of the night and thought no one would check. So we went through ‘nothing to declare’, but we were stopped.”

The airport officials pulled over the couple and asked, ‘We noticed you have returned from Turkey?’ The couple replied with a sheepish “yes”.

They were then asked to open a “long parcel”. Unfortuneately the rug shaped parcel did indeed contained a beautiful turkish rug. Grant was then asked to proceed in opening the rest of his luggage and out popped 4 large rugs. What a fool.

Next time Hugh, go through and declare your rugs, or you might have to pay another hefty fine for smuggling.

Anatolian Rugs and America

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

A peculiar custom in America is to include Oriental carpets in the sales of Colonial furniture, ceramics and silverware. Such carpets are also displayed over tables and on floors in the Early American period,  in places such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Does this mean that Oriental carpets and American antiques go together like bread and cheese?

”Oriental carpets have been an integral part of the material culture of the West for 600 years,” said Walter B. Denny, an art historian at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Turkish carpets ”have been an essential part of the American interior since the 19th century,” he also said. As an authority on Islamic and Turkish art, he was the guest curator of ”The Classical Tradition in Anatolian Carpets,” an exhibition at the Textile Museum in Washington from Sept. 13 through Feb. 16 in 2002.

The show featured 50 colorful Turkish carpets, prayer rugs and cushion covers from the 14th through to the 19th century. Many accumulated  by George Hewitt Myers, an heir to the Bristol-Myers Squibb company fortune who founded the museum in 1925. The London publisher Scala has brought out an illustrated catalog with text by Denny, who explored the classical design sources that inspired Anatolian carpet weavers.

”By classical, I mean carpet designs that have never gone out of style and that have continued to appear in Anatolian rugs over the centuries, sometimes in their original forms and sometimes in designs that have gradually mutated,” Mr. Denny said.

There were carpet-weavers in ancient Egypt, Persia, Syria and the Caucasus, but the  earliest carpet to survive was from Anatolia, the Asiatic portion of modern Turkey. In 1071 Turkic tribes invaded Anatolia from Central Asia, the women of these tribes had a tradition of weaving distinct woolen nomadic carpets. These knotted pile carpets were immensely varied in technique, design, symbolism and function, and they attracted attention. When Marco Polo was in Anatolia in 1271, for example, he said the best carpets in the world were woven there. Early travelers from France also praised them. Soon they were being exported.