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4 Best Sites To Follow About Rugs

If you are just getting started in the world of Oriental rugs, there are some really great sites to check out with guides and facts about antique rugs. Below are some of the top sites I follow for Oriental rug news and information.

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Antique Persian Rug

1. One of the most thorough sites on the web to learn about Oriental rugs is JBOC’s Notes on Oriental rugs. Here you will find a surplus of information on almost every single type of Oriental rug you could imagine as well as many photograph examples of each rug type.

2. Hali is a well-known textile and Oriental rug magazine featuring up to date articles on what is going on in the rug industry. At Hali.com you can find out about current events and exhibitions at museums in your area as well as famous auctions with Oriental rugs for sale.

3. Jozan, like Hali, is another Oriental rug magazine. They feature a variety of educational materials with many rug photos and also highlight current happenings in the world of rugs.

4. Last, I will mention our site, JessiesRugs.com where you can find a variety of DIY guides and informational materials on types of Oriental rugs including “How to Hand Wash an Oriental rug” and “A Guide to Oriental Rug Motifs”

Although there are plenty of sites online for educational rug guides, I would also advise stopping by your local library to see if they have any books on rugs. Sometime in the near future I will highlight some of my favorite Oriental rug books.

Persian Karaja Rugs

Persian Karaja rugs (also spelled Karadagh Gharadjeh) are woven in the Northwestern region of Iran near Tabriz. These rugs have a very similar weave and character to Heriz rugs which are also woven nearby. They are woven with single wefts, and Turkish knots similar to those woven in the Hamedan province. For that reason they are sometimes mistaken for Persian Kurdistan rugs.

Persian Karaja rug

Persian Karaja Rug with typical geometric motifs and medallions

Most Karaja rugs are easily distinguishable by their design which often consists of vertical Heriz-style medallions. We recently added several Karaja rugs to our shop which can be seen below. Reds, Blues, Ivory, Rust and Orange are common color schemes found in Karaja rugs. Karaja rugs are quite popular for their bold designs and tribal nature.

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Red Field Persian Karaja rug with three vertical medallions

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Persian Karaja medallion in semi-antique rug

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Same Karaja medallion woven in a newer Persian Karaja rug c. 1970. Interesting animal figures found in the field include deer and birds.

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Persian Rug Infographic

This is a simple infographic summarizing the general characteristics of Persian rugs.

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Persian rug Infographic

The different types of Persian rugs are named after the region in which they are woven. For example, a Hamedan rug will be made in either the province or city Hamedan in Iran. There are several exceptions to this rule such as Sarouk rugs which are made in the city of Arak as well as Saruk.

Persian rugs are not only the most well-known type of Oriental rug, but one of the most popular. Many associate the Persian rug with wealth and luxury. The two general types of Persian rugs are those made in cities and those made in villages. They are distinguishable by their weave, materials and designs. When grouped together city rugs will appear more uniform, as they follow stricter patterns.

The designs found in Persian rugs vary greatly from single or multiple medallions to all-over patterns with floral or geometric elements. Whether you are looking for a tribal rug with bold colors or a sophisticated floral rug with soft curvilinear designs, you can be sure to find what you are looking for in our selection of Persian rugs.

Adding New Rugs Daily

Mike and I have been super busy restocking our shop with beautiful Oriental rugs! Check out some of our newly added beauties below:

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What to do With Worn Out Rugs

When Your Rug Is Ready to Retire

Handmade Oriental rugs are well-known to be long-wearing and durable, but eventually the pile will wear down, the colors may fade, moths may get at the edges under furniture and ends might start unraveling. Well, all hope is not lost and you do not have to throw your prized carpet and family heirloom into the dumpster. From pillows to wall hangings there are many options for your antique Oriental rugs.

1. Make Pillows

We recently got two beautiful pillows made from an antique Persian rug and an antique Caucasian rug. This is one of my favorite uses of worn antique Oriental rugs. You can either do this yourself if you’ve made pillows before, or you can take your rug to a local rug repair-person who may be able to do it or will recommend someone.

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Antique Persian Rug Pillow

2. Hang it up

When your rug has had too much traffic and becomes a tripping hazard on your floor, hang it up! Check out our How to Hang a Rug guide if it’s your first time or if you need to refresh your memory. Rugs on a wall make a stunning addition and conversation piece to neutral spaces.

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Semi-Antique Persian Lilihan rug hanging on a wall

3. Frame fragments

Recently I saw a collection of framed scrap pieces of wallpaper. Rather than wallpaper you could use rug fragments for a textured feel.

4. Use it as a coffee or side table cover if it is thin

If your rug has worn down or is thin enough like an antique Caucasian rug, you can use it as a coffee table runner or cut it down to fit a side table under a lamp.

 

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Persian Rugs, Always In Style

A good quality authentic Persian rug will never go out of style. Persian rugs are a timeless work of art and although styles are constantly evolving, you will always find a traditional vintage Oriental rug on a hardwood floor will ground your space and warm up your room.

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A traditional red, blue and ivory room-size vintage Persian rug Shop Now >

Decorating with Worn Antiques

Recently there has been a new style gaining popularity involving worn antique rugs. Years ago, a customer would bring their antique rug to the local rug shop to be restored to it’s original luster. However, now customers hunt for that worn and torn look that fits so well in their rustic and bohemian style homes.

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A worn antique Persian rug Shop Now >

Oriental Rug Styles

The type of Oriental rug on your floor says a lot about your character and style. Whether it is an antique Caucasian Kuba or a more modern Persian Kirman each rug sets the stage for your space.

This article on Houzz showcases several great tips on decorating with an Oriental rug including: Keep patterns in the same color family, decorate with neutral colors such as white paint on the walls to showcase the rug, and vary the scale of patterns in other sections of the space so that they are not competing.

While styles change, cabinets are replaced and walls are painted, the Oriental rug remains a timeless anchor in interior decorating.

Oriental Rug Designs by Type

When shopping for an Oriental rug, all of the available colors and patterns can get overwhelming. Below I will outline some of the basic designs found in different types of Oriental rugs to help you decide which rug will be a good fit for your home.

Persian rugs have the most design variety. Some of these include a single medallion set in a solid colored field, an all-over design such as the Herati pattern, a tribal pattern with geometric shapes, or an all-over floral pattern.

Turkish rugs are often associated with tribal patterns, but they also come in all-over patterns with palmette motifs such as the rug seen below.

Bokhara rugs are the most easily identifiable Oriental rug with distinct gul medallions like the rug pictured below. These come in almost every color of the rainbow and are very easy to decorate with.

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Traditional gul medallions in a Bokhara rug with an orange field

Caucasian rugs are often one of the most desirable rug types. With tribal designs and geometric patterns paired with bold color palettes, these add a touch of character to every room.

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Antique Caucasian Kuba rug with all-over pattern

Jessie’s Oriental rugs carries many types of discount Oriental rugs, check out some of the antique rugs in the shop today.

Spanish Carpets and the New England Rug Society

Mike and I joined the New England Rug Society (NERS) last year. It is a great organization for both new and seasoned Oriental rug lovers. There are several meetings throughout the year and each meeting features a speaker, or sometimes speakers, who talk about a specific type of rug or textile. Most recently we attended a meeting on Spanish carpets. Many people are not aware carpets were woven in Spain, and even some rug enthusiasts have never seen one in person.

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Synagogue Carpet at the Museum of Islamic Art, Berlin Source: Rugs of the Lost Ark by Horst Nitz http://www.turkotek.com/salon_00114/salon.html

The oldest known carpet woven in Spain is the Synagogue carpet as seen above, which was most likely from the 14th century and is now at the Museum of Islamic Art in Berlin. Rugs woven in Spain in this time period are known for their unique knotting-style. Unlike Persian and Turkish knots, Spanish knots are tied to single warp threads rather than two threads. Rugrabbit has several wonderful photos of the Synagogue carpet which can be seen here.

Popular types of rugs woven in Spain during the 15th century are known as the Armorial rugs, which bear a coat of arms or heraldic device. The carpet below features heraldic devices with two castles and a lion, and is on exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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A 15th century Spanish Admiral carpet Source: “Admiral” Heraldic Carpet at the Philadelphia Museum of Art http://www.philamuseum.org/collections/permanent/55491.html

 

 

After the 15th century, quality and style began to decline. Weavers in Spain copied Turkish rug designs such as the famous Lotto and Holbein carpets.  By the 17th century, Spanish carpets conformed to Western tastes with decorative lattice patterns and lighter color schemes like the carpet below.

 

Oriental Rugs in Contemporary Rooms

For many years Oriental rugs were associated with estate cleanouts, flea markets, or your grandparents’ living room. If you inherited one, you may have thrown it in a stuffy attic, or put it in storage knowing the value of the rug in the back of your mind but not having any place to put it.

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Semi-antique Persian Hamedan rug with all-over design.

Lately, however, the rug market has been making a comeback. With the embargo on goods made in Iran being lifted in the near future, people in the United States are eagerly awaiting newly handmade authentic Persian rugs to come back into the rug market.

Designers and everyday decorators are beginning to see the benefits of decorating with authentic Oriental rugs. Not only do Oriental rugs hold their value over time, but they wear much better than machine made rugs. Whether it’s a cold winter in New England or some place warmer, Oriental rugs stand the test of time.

The Washington Post recently did a piece on the comeback of Oriental rugs and the September Issue of House Beautiful magazine which features a stunning vintage Persian Bakhtiari rug with a traditional garden design in a contemporary living room. As rug lovers, it is exciting to see people developing the same passion Mike and I have for these pieces of art.

Not only are handmade Oriental rugs durable, but they fit perfectly in contemporary spaces. With bold colors and a variety of designs Persian rugs are the perfect choice for decorating, and when you purchase a vintage or antique rug you are making a green choice. Whether you are going with a rustic theme and looking for a rug with a little wear like the rug below, or a contemporary theme and need something like the Bokhara rug in the second photo, JessiesRugs.com has you covered.

Rustic Persian rug

Neutral toned Persian Hamedan rug with three center medallions

Bokhara rug

Contemporary style Pakistan Bokhara rug.

Why Does a Rug Crack?

If you have an antique Persian Sarouk at home or have been collecting authentic Oriental rugs for a while, you probably have heard the term “cracking.” You may not even realize your rug has cracks, however depending on the extent of the cracking, repairs can become costly and even impossible.

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A large crack in the field of an antique Persian Sarouk rug

The cracking occurs from dry rot in the foundation of the rug. It may be from a simple case of the rug being exposed to humid conditions and accumulating moisture over time or from a more severe case such as a potted plant leaking water onto the rug. I have seen a thousand dollar rug thrown in the garbage after discovering dry rot throughout the foundation. The foundation threads which form the base of the rug will break apart easily and over time if the rot is severe the rug can literally fall apart.

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Several cracks on the edge of an antique Persian Sarouk rug

Antique Persian Sarouk rugs are well-known to have issues with cracking. As rugs age they are also prone to weakness in the foundation which contributes to cracks. Unfortunately if you discover cracks in your rug, the only option is to have them repaired. It is best to be proactive with your Oriental rugs and inspect them for any discoloration which may be a sign of growing mold or mildew. In this case a professional rug cleaning is advised to remove the mold before it begins to rot the rug. Also, be sure to clean up any pet accidents as soon as they happen and have your rug cleaned as urine can also cause rot to occur in rugs. Make sure when you water your plants, none of that water is seeping through into your expensive Persian rug.