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 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 [email protected] 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.
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 stored in such places as in the attic or cellar are at risk of moth […]
Following an interview with ghost-writer Steve Watkins, here is an article shown in the local glossy magazine, Village, the place we live. The article gives provides insights into my business in Oriental rugs and carpets. To view it as a pdf click on the image.
Here are some misconceptions I have come across in Oriental rugs. Old rugs are more expensive than new Over the years I have had a number of clients who wanted to buy an Oriental rug and they had assumed that they could not afford an old/antique one. In fact they saved some money by going […]
Here is my personal recommendation of Oriental Rug books. In writing this I naturally flicked through the books chosen, stopped, admired the rugs shown and then needed to read more. A lovely time. Putting together a book on Oriental rugs is a labour of love and by its nature is a niche market. If you […]
What to do with a water damaged Oriental rug When an oriental rug gets water damaged it is often smelly, heavy because of the water and no longer sits flat from the floor. Fortunately it can stay wet for a few days without any lasting damage. The first thing is to get it dry even […]
Knowing more about some of the universal designs and where they are likely to be made can help identify a rug. For instance, if the rug has an all over design of botehs one can say that it is more likely Persian, possibly Indian. If it has a red background with small repeat botehs it […]
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 […]
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 […]