Archive for the ‘Persian Rugs’ Category

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.

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.

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 Little bit about Persian rugs

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

The art of carpet weaving has existed in Iran since ancient times. This is proven by  the 2500-year-old Pazyryk carpet, dating back to 500 B.C., during back to the Achaemenid period.

The first documented evidence on the existence of Persian carpets came from Chinese texts dating back to the Sassanid period (224 – 641 AD).

This art underwent many changes in various eras of the Iranian history to an extent that it passed an upward trend before the Islamic era until the Mongol invasion of Iran. After the invasion, the art began to grow again during the Timurid and Ilkhanid dynasties.

Over time the materials used in carpets, including wool, silk and cotton, will decay. Therefore archaeologists are rarely able to make any particularly useful discoveries during archaeological excavations. What has remained from early times as evidence of carpet-weaving is nothing more than a few pieces of worn-out carpets. Such fragments do not help very much in recognizing the carpet-weaving characteristics of pre-Seljuk period (13th and 14th centuries AD) in Persia.

The weaving of pile rugs is a difficult and tedious process which, depending on the quality and size of the rug, may take anywhere from a few months to several years to complete.

To begin making a rug, one needs a foundation consisting of warps strong, thick threads of cotton, wool or silk which run the length of the rug and wefts similar threads which pass under and over the warps from one side to the other. The warps on either side of the rug are normally combined into one or more cables of varying thickness that are overcast to form the selvedge.

Weaving normally begins by passing a number of wefts through the bottom warp to form a base to start from. Loosely piled knots of dyed wool or silk are then tied around consecutive sets of adjacent warps to create the intricate patterns in the rug. As more rows are tied to the foundation, these knots become the pile of the rug. Between each row of knots, one or more shots of weft are passed to tightly pack down and secure the rows.
Depending on the fineness of the weave, the quality of the materials and the expertise of the weavers, the knot count of a hand made rug can vary anywhere from 16 to 550 knots per square inch.

When the rug is completed, the warp ends form the fringes that may be weft-faced, braided, tasseled, or secured in some other manner.

Every floor should have a bespoke rug

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

As I flick through many of the vogues and other fashion editorials I have sprawled in front of me I notice that every floor in every house that they feature have at least one rug on it. Many of the floors are tiled intricately with a persian, hand woven shaggy rug or sheepskin placed strategically on top. In the March 2008 edition of Vogue there is an article about a Normandy holiday home owned by Clarissa and Mike Pilkington, that was turned from rags to riches in just under 5 years.

Every one of their tiled or wooden floors is covered in one rug or even two. A top of these beautifully crafted persian and bespoke rugs is an antique table with trinket boxes filled to the brim with rose petals and broken jewellery. Even when the family leave for the beach they pack an old rug to sit on. Most of their hand crafted rugs are found in antique stores or flea markets, though a few are made especially for their holiday home.

From the Sheep to the Rug

Friday, November 6th, 2009

Washing the Fleece

Sheep almost always live in the open air, and even the more primitive breeds no longer shed their wool at the end of the winter. This means that they get dirty – often VERY dirty – dusty, muddy and sweaty with lots of entangled bits and pieces. It must be such a relief to dash away from the shearer, free of all that weight, smell and heat. Rugs and carpets, however, be they modern or antique, smooth or shaggy, are expected to be pretty or smart colours and to lack that distinctive aroma that shouts ‘sheep!’

To bridge the gap, the first process towards your rug is scouring, which means washing and rinsing the wool to remove most of the impurities, from sweat to bits of twig. In some breeds (the very sweaty ones) this can reduce the weight of the fleece by up to 50%, but the wool usually used for Designerug rugs and carpets loses only about 25 – 30% of weight in this process – so you know that your shaggy rug may have come from a shaggy sheep, but at least it hasn’t come from a very smelly one!

Scouring, in the case of wool, means gently washing in a detergent mixture, then rinsing until it is free of dirt and detergent both. The wool is usually passed through a series of long, narrow tanks on a belt. Each tank is equipped with a set of gently moving paddles to keep the water moving without tangling the wool. The first tank contains the cleaning mixture, which rapidly becomes extremely dirty. After that, it is pressed through rollers to remove as much water as is possible without turning the whole thing into felt. Then the belt moves it along, in and out of rinsing baths, each rinse being followed by a further gentle pressing. By the fifth bath the cleaning materials have been washed out and the wool looks bright and clean, and shows a surprising range of shades, from palest cream to beige. Of course, there are also black sheep, but their wool is separated out before the scouring. The final process is drying and fluffing, which happens as the belt moves through an oven and the wool is dried with jets of very warm air. Now it is ready for the next stage – the spinning.

Spinning the Wool

Blending.  Ideally, all the spun wool will be a standard colour so the dyer will be able to judge quickly how to produce that puce you chose for your designerug pattern. Unfortunately the sheep are not too interested in that part of the job, and their coats vary over a surprising range, according to age, diet and specialized breeding.

The Blender is the man who sorts that problem out, judging by sight which bales of washed wool have to be dumped into the big blending bin (like an enormous mixing bowl, with paddles) to give an even-coloured yarn at the end. In the blending bin the wool is tossed and stirred to mix up all the different bales of wool, but carefully enough to avoid tangling them. This makes sure that there won’t be darker or lighter lengths in the final yarn. At the same time, a special oil is added to the wool to avoid what could be a dangerous build-up of static electricity as thee wool is processed (most of this oil comes off onto the machines themselves, and the rest is removed in the dyeing process). The man who works as a blender has a very dusty job, although the wool has been washed, and a mask is a necessary part of his equipment.

The Most Beautiful Persian Rug in the World

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Once upon a time there was a king of Persia, who was also a god and had to make sure his land was fertile and fruitful. I don’t know how successful he was, but he certainly knew how to impress people with his power and potency. His name was King Chosroes and he lived round the beginning of the 7th century A.D.

When kings or ambassadors visited him, they were taken to a state room where the enormous curtains were drawn back to flood with light the fabled large rug of silk called The Spring of Chosrow. Sadly, it has not survived, but reports of it leave us a marvellous picture.

It was around 25.6 metres square, representing a formal garden, with water courses, paths, rectangular flower beds filled with flowers, and blossoming shrubs and fruit trees. Gold represented yellow gravel, while pearls and different jewels made the blossoms, fruit and birds. The word ‘paradise’ comes ultimately from the Persian word for ‘an enclosed garden’, and the shaped rug had a wide outer border representing a meadow – made of emeralds close enough together to form a solid band.

It wouldn’t match the decoration in my house – what a pity!

Rugdesigner – The manufacturing process

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

In order to make your design into a real size modern rug, we start by printing your design onto a transfer medium and then attach it onto the primary cloth. This will be the blue print from which we will hand tuft the yarns.
Printing the design onto the cloth minimize the tufting errors.
Rug Designer

We use 100% lamb wool, from our own yarns, which are manufactured and dyed in our factory. After the yarns have been tufted, the modern rug is hand cropped, to provide a levelled profile. A secondary backing cloth is applied which provides stability and durability of the product.

To provide our unique finish, we hand sculpture and trim the rug. Highlighting the individual design, creating textures and delicate profiles, increasing the definition and uniqueness of the modern rug itself.A final inspection assures the quality of our modern rugs.

At this stage any adjustments necessary will be carried out by our experienced rug masters. Once the modern rug passes the final inspection, we label our product as one in a limited collection.

The final stage is the packaging of our products. We endeavour to ensure that the product reaches you in the same condition as it leaves the factory.