The term oriental rug originally described hand-knotted pile rugs woven in Asia and the Near East. Now it describes hand-knotted pile rugs wherever made plus flat-woven rugs of Asia and the Near East. Most rugs are hand-knotted and have a pile. The exceptions are flatweaves such as kilims and soumaks which have neither a pile […]
I consider colours created from natural dyes to be more harmonious than synthetic dyes because of their subtle variation. Some buyers prize natural dyed colours. Natural dyes, as opposed to synthetic dyes, refer to dyes created mainly from plant material but some from scale insects.Here are some of the sources of natural dyes used for […]
I have obtained some new stock of kilim cushions and now need to photograph them all and put on them on the website. They will be available on-line in the next few days. If you would like be informed when you can view them on-line do send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org. For those of […]
The new handmade natural dyed kilim cushions is now on-line. As usual every cushion is a one-off. For those of you who are London based you can always give me a call to arrange an appointment and see them in person.
Sale at Premises Sat 25th Jan 10:00 – 17:00 Substantial sale reductions on a large percentage of Oriental rugs, flatweaves and kilim cushions. Sale prices will appear online close to 25th Jan. Looking forward to seeing you. Sale Online ends Sat 8th Feb If you wish to view any items during the sale period but […]
Sale prices for Oriental rugs, kilims and accessories can now be viewed on my website. Please note that purchases of Sale goods can be made in person on the Saturday 25th Jan and thereafter by phone, email or appointment. Looking forward to hearing from you shortly.
Clothes moths over the last few years have been on the increase. Using moth traps and deterrants do help but do not eradicate them. Of the killing methods such as sprays sometimes it can be difficult to assess which ones really do the trick of actually killing the moths at all stages of their lifecycle. […]
Many people will roll up a rug and put it in the attic because the rugs is perhaps the wrong size or style for their current home, or they hope to pass it to a member of their family. Rugs in the attic are at risk of moth infestation as the female moth loves dark, […]
Following an interview with ghost-writer Steve Watkins, here is an article shown in the local glossy magazine, Village, the place we live. To view it as a pdf click on the image.
Take care as not all rugs and carpets should be folded for transport as instructed below. Some old rugs/carpets may have got damp in the past resulting in the foundation becoming brittle and could break when folded. Others may have a stiff construction such that it best to fold it with the pile on the […]
In the case of a spill on your Oriental rug use an absorbent material such as teatowel to mop up the liquid. Do not add water as this can spread the stain and could if you are unlucky lead to some dye run. If the stain remains give me a call to ask for a […]
Oriental carpets differ from other carpets in that their pile is hand-tied to the foundation of the carpet. This technique results in them being extremely hard wearing and, if well cared for, they will last two to three generations. The amount of labour involved in weaving a hand-knotted carpet is considerable. A highly-skilled weaver will […]