Archive for December, 2010

American rug makers

Friday, December 24th, 2010

In the 1800s, around the time of the American Civil War, thrifty homemakers would use scraps of wool and felted pieces of wool from old clothing, blankets and hats to recreate rugs. Using money coins as a template, they would cut out circles and then stitch them together in blanket stitch fashion, hence the name “penny rug” formed. Sometimes, the mats or rugs were backed with old burlap bags or feed sacks, in some cases when the rugs would not lie flat they would stitch a penny inside the mat.

Penny rugs are made by selecting good quality wool and it must not be too thick. It may be hand-dyed or dyed by painting it onto the rug to give the piece another dimension. Circles can be cut from the wool in varying sizes and then stitched together concentrically using complementary colors.

Penny rugs were not actually made for the floor, but used as decorative coverings for beds, tables, dressers and mantle pieces. These decorative pieces  were also used as wall hangings and pillows. Most designs included circles and some included animals such as cats, flowers, birds and star and heart shapes.

A snippet history of Persian Rugs

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

The traditional method of weaving Persian carpets is almost always a closely guarded family secret. The techniques for creating Persian rugs are passed from generation to generation throughout a weaving family. It is believed that the initial art form evolved at the time of the Persian king Cyrus, consequently known as one of the greatest rulers in Persia. However, it is believed that the Persian tribes have been using sheep’s wool and tying knots for lining the floors of their tents before the time of King Cyrus.

During the eleventh Century the Turkish Seljuk tribes invaded and ruled Persia bringing with them Turkish influences in rug weaving which transform Persian carpets. This included the use of Turkish carpet knots which differ from those found in traditional hand-knotted Persian carpets. However, even after Seljuk influence in Iran waned, the Turkish methods of carpet weaving still remained in Turkish areas of Iran such as Tabriz.

Persian Rugs, an influence.

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Persian rugs are believed to be among the oldest and indeed the most beautiful of all oriental carpets. The traditional method of weaving Persian rugs involved tying thousands of knots single handedly.

Persian carpets are famous for their intricate design, this is a characteristic of all Iranian art. Persian carpets often feature geometric patterns which are a reflection of Iranian influences, but many Persian rugs natural scenes of animal and plant wildlife.

One of the reasons that Persian carpets often feature floral patterns is that when their Iranian owners sit on them they can be reminded of traditional Iranian gardens. Aside from providing you with great pleasure and brightening up your home, buying a persian rug can be a wise investment as they often appreciate in value provided you know a little about Persian carpet care and repair.

A really old Oriental rug

Saturday, December 11th, 2010

The oldest oriental rug found is a Pazyryk carpet, encased in a solid block of ice, the rug was melted out of a burial tomb of a Scythian Royal. Carbon dating has shown that the the rug is over 2000 years old.

Little known factual evidence  can show rug weaving existed in Pazyryk in the 14th century, albeit some small remains and fragments of different rugs can be dated to be from around the 3rd, 6th and 11th century.

Western nations have taken interest in oriental carpets for several hundred years, there is very good evidence to suggest popular Western interest in oriental rugs for example, one early painting from 15th century depicts the Virgin Mary seated upon a throne above a rug. Several other paintings, particularly of royalty from this period onwards show a similar use of rugs.

Snowflakes that stay on my nose and also bespoke rug?

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Here at rug designer we can do any shape, size, pattern and colour. If you have an idea for an original rug for your bed room, hall, living room then be can do it for you. If you visit our bespoke rug page on the website there will be more details on there for you to get started on your design.

Fancy a pattern that is already in the catalogue but it is the wrong colour? There are many other colour combinations to choose from and if the colours arent in our range then you can order a bespoke colour by sending us a pantone colour code or a swatch of colour and we will make up a tuft of it in our factory. However it will cost more to use the colour on your rug as we will have to make up a special batch at our factory.

At rug designer we pride ourselves on the fact that we can deliver what you want. If you have an idea we promise that we will try our best to re create it.

Wool rugs are pretty cool

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

Wool is one of the heaviest fibres in use meaning that rugs that are primarily wool are non slip. This is why we advise that an non-slip sheet underneath our rugs is unnecessary. If you have laminate flooring then a non-slip sheet can be used and probably should be used if you have a small rug.

Woollen rugs are also non allergenic so you have no need to worry about your family or pets having an adverse reaction to it. If you do however have a skin problem like eczema then it is advised not to spend too much time near wool as in some cases it makes the inflammation worse.

Wool is a very durable fabric and can last for many, many years. It is used in persian rugs and there is prove that these rugs last for hundreds of years. Soon we will have our own range of persian rugs for sale.