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 […]
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 have recently introduced a new range of kilim cushions, all of which are made in Turkey. The selection covers traditional geometric and the more unusual floral designs. There are also patchwork kilims either made with wool or cotton fabric weft. No two are quite the same. For those of you who would like to […]
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 […]
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 […]
Arrival of Persian rugs
I have recently obtained a lovely range of tribal and village rugs from Iran. They include a Baluch covered in bird motifs, a richly coloured Nahavand and a charming Shahsavan, all at good value.