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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.

Persian rug

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.

Decorating with Room-size Rugs

Everyone’s favorite rug tip when decorating is to put your Oriental rug down first. It is much easier to base the rest of your decor on the colors and patterns in your antique rug. An authentic Oriental rug is a one-of-a-kind piece, and often an investment. Wallpaper, art, paint, furniture and antiques come in all different shapes, sizes, patterns and colors so it is much easier to find a rug you love and work around it rather than working backwards.

 

White Persian Rug

Traditional Ivory Persian Kapoutrang rug c. 1940 Shop now>

If you have very traditional taste in rugs such as a large red rug with a blue border and an ivory center medallion, your journey will be much easier. However if you are looking for a large antique rug with an all-over pattern, a navy field and hot purple highlights you may be looking for a longer time. It is important to have an idea of what characteristics you are looking for in a rug, often times the old saying “when you see it you’ll know it”  holds true and a light will turn on when you find your dream rug.

Art deco chinese rug

Gorgeous Art Deco style Chinese rug, shop it now>

When decorating with a room-size Oriental rug you generally want the rug to ground the furniture in the space. This method ties each component together to form a cohesive space. Keep in mind you want about 18 inches of floor visible around the rug itself unless you are working with a smaller area such as a bathroom or foyer in which case less is better. There is no right or wrong way to place the furniture on the carpet, everyone is different. Options include having all of the furniture on the rug, the front legs of the furniture on the rug, none of the furniture on the rug (if you are looking at a smaller size rug such as 5×8) and more.

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How do you decorate with Oriental rugs? Do you put your rug down first or last?

Types of Hamedan Rugs

Persian Rug Runner

Traditional Persian Hamedan rug runner with a red field and ivory border. Shop Now >

A name that almost everyone is familiar with in the world of Oriental rugs is Hamedan. Hamedan rugs are a type of Persian rug. They are made in the Hamedan province in what is now called Iran. It is one of the largest weaving areas in the region and the province encompasses hundreds of villages which contributed to it becoming one of the greatest rug markets in Persia. The city of Hamedan is the capital of the Hamedan province.

Hamedan rugs usually have a cotton foundation, a wool pile and are woven with Turkish knots. Older Hamedan rugs may have a wool foundation. Designs include single medallions, multiple medallions, floral motifs and geometric motifs. The design often depends on the village or location where the rug was woven. For example, Bibikabad rugs usually have a small center medallion surrounded by an all-over design while Dergazine rugs almost always have an all-over pattern with floral sprays mimicking Sarouk rugs.

Large Persian Rug

Persian Bibikabad Rug. Bibikabads come in large carpet sizes such as 8×10 and larger. Shop Now >

 

Pink Persian Oriental Rug

Persian Dergazine rug runner with all-over floral pattern. These rugs are similar in style to Sarouk rugs.

With so many different villages and weavers working in the Hamedan province, Hamedan rugs often have the most varied designs of all Oriental rug styles.  Although there are many types of Hamedan rugs, some of the most popular types include Bibikabad, Borchelou, Dergazine, Ingeles, Hussainabad, Kabudrahang, Lilihan, Malayer, Maslaghan, Nahavand, Rudbar, and Tajabad among others. Often times inexperienced rug sellers or even rug dealers may refer to these specific types generally as Hamedans as it can become confusing to use city or village names.

Red Persian rug

A red Persian Hussainabad rug with an all-over Herati pattern. Shop Now >

Hamedan rugs often come in smaller and runner sizes. The sub-types of Hamedans can often be found in more specific sizes. For example, a room-sized Bibikabad or Kabudrahang is very common, while they are not easily found in smaller sizes. A Dergazine may be found in a 4×6 or smaller size, or a runner, but a large room-sized carpet is highly unlikely to be described as a Dergazine.

Red Persian Rug

Large Red Persian Kapoutrang rug. Kapoutrangs often come in large room-sizes such as 8×10 and larger. Shop Now >

The characteristics that can be used to define a rug from the Hamedan region include the weave which is composed of a single weft thread, the knot-type, and the colors. Red, Ivory and Blue are the most commonly used colors in the Hamedan province. As seen in the examples above, each rug has some shade of red, ivory and blue in it. If the rug does not have red, ivory or blue it does not mean it is not a Hamedan, each characteristic of the rug must be looked at to classify the Oriental rug in question.

Do you have any Hamedan rugs in your home?

Shipping Oriental Rugs before the Blizzard

We had quite the storm yesterday in Massachusetts, all of the local post offices were closed but luckily we were able to get all of these Oriental rugs out before it hit.

Oriental rugs

Lineup of rugs to be shipped before the storm

Shipping rugs

Rugs shipped before the blizzard

Shoveling snow

Shoveling our car out to ship some rugs

Today we had some fun cleaning off our cars and getting to the shop to ship this beautiful Jaipur rug:

Indian Jaipur Oriental rug

Shipped this rug after the storm.

shipping a rug

Mike bringing the rug out to be shipped, that snow is deep!

Check back next week for a post on unique Oriental rug motifs. To all of our New England customers; stay warm and dry!

 

Happy Holidays from JessiesRugs.com

Wishing everyone a very Happy Holiday season and New Year! Check back in 2015 for some great discount antique Oriental rugs and more!

Persian Kazvin Rug

Mike with a very large Persian Kazvin rug

 

Persian Kazvin Rug

Jess with the Persian Kazvin rug

 

Persian Kazvin Rug

All rolled out

How to prevent moth damage: Tineola bisselliella AKA the Webbing Clothes Moth

We recently attended a lecture on caring for and cleaning Oriental rugs with an emphasis on protecting rugs from moth damage. One of the biggest fears shared by all rug collectors is the webbing clothes moth or simply the clothing moth.

Webbing Clothes Moth

Webbing Clothes Moth; The wool eater. Original Image: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tineola_bisselliella#mediaviewer/File:Tineola.bisselliella.7218.jpg

These little pests feed on many natural fibers, especially the wool found in your prized collection of antique Oriental rugs. Unfortunately there is no sure way to keep them out, but here are several methods to fight those bothersome insects:

Wool Oriental rugs

A collection of wool Oriental rugs

1. Before storing your rugs, please get them cleaned! Whether you go to a professional or choose to DIY, make sure you thoroughly clean your rugs before putting them into storage. After years of being on the floor exposed to the elements you really have no idea what kind of dirt, grime or moth eggs may be lying in the foundation of rugs at home. This is why it’s important to clean them every two years or so. If a rug is rolled up and put in storage without being cleaned there is a good chance it can come out with a whole lot of moth damage.

When storing them it is a good idea to wrap them in a paper and muslin cloth. This creates an extra barrier to deter the insect. Wrapping in plastic is not advised as plastic will trap moisture and could cause mold.

2. It is important to distinguish whether your rug has live moth or if you are looking at the webbing moths leave behind. Adult moths do not feed because they get all of the nutrition and moisture they need in the larval stage. This does’t mean if you see a flying moth you’re out of the woods. Flying moths can lay eggs in your carpets, and when those eggs hatch you can bet the larvae will be feeding on the wool.

Moth Balls

Mothballs, Original Image: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/64/Mothballs.jpg/800px-Mothballs.jpg

3. Mothballs are no guarantee and can be hazardous to your health as well as your children’s and pet’s health. They also make your rugs smell like chemicals! Try using a bug repellent on your rug if you absolutely have to use a chemical.

Something like “Hot Shot” or “Raid” for flying insects will kill the live moths in your rug which can then be vacuumed up. If you have a very large collection kept in a separate room or work space you can try a moth bomb, or Fogger. This is a can placed in the center of the room that releases a very fine mist throughout. The fog will kill all flying insects, but it is also very harmful to humans and pets, so it is really only best for desperate situations. You should always follow the instructions explicitly stated on the package of whatever you are using.

4. If you don’t want to use chemicals, your best bet is to agitate the carpet. Moths like to live undisturbed, especially in dark areas under couches or ottomans. By inspecting areas under the couch once a month and shifting furniture to vacuum the entire carpet, you can put your mind at ease.

5. What to look for? The most obvious sign of an infestation is moths flying around your home or work space. If there aren’t any flying, it does not mean you are in the clear. You should check your carpets every month or so for webbing or larvae. Trust me, it is not a pretty sight and you will definitely recognize it. The webbing can be on the underside of the rug or the top. It will look like a cocoon and is a creamy white color. The larvae use this as a covering to feed under. It sticks to the rug and needs to be vacuumed up. There may be larvae in or around areas with webbing.

Bokhara rug

A large area of moth damage on a Pakistan Bokhara rug

If the damage is done and you are left with moth damage, or moth nicks on your Oriental rugs as seen in the picture below, all hope is not lost. You can still take your rug to a local dealer who offers a repair service and they can reweave or repair the damage depending on the extent of it. This is not a cheap service so it is important to be proactive with moths.

Indian Oriental rug with moth nick

A very small moth nick at the top of the rug near the fringe. The foundation threads (usually white like the fringe) are visible after a moth has eaten the wool.

There are many theories on repelling moths, some work and some do not, there is really no guarantee. One is using cedar, such as a cedar lined chest or closet for storing clothes. Another is using lavender. Freezing artifacts is a practice utilized by some museums and historical sites, as well as anoxia treatment which deprives the item of oxygen therefore killing the insects.

Sound off below: What is your experience with moths? What do you do to prevent them on your clothes and in your rugs?