Tag Archives: antique rug

Top 5 Rugs for Bohemian Decorating at JessiesRugs.com

Below are 5 rugs currently offered at JessiesRugs.com that are perfect for adding a piece of energetic flare to your decorating space.

Antique Caucasian Rug

4′ 8 x 6′ Antique Caucasian rug Shop Now >

For a medium sized space our 4′ 8 x 6′ Antique Caucasian rug would be a perfect fit. When I first saw this rug I fell in love with the unique pink and baby blue highlights. This rug has the perfect amount of wear, and a bold all-over pattern to drive home that energetic look of a Bohemian space.

Persian Rug Runner

3′ 8 x 9′ Persian Kurdistan Rug Runner Shop Now >

When you are trying to finish off a long space such as a hallway or narrow room, this 3′ 8 x 9′ Persian Kurdistan rug could be just the piece you have been looking for. With long, narrow medallions set in a bold salmon colored field this runner will accentuate any tribal or boho space.

Persian Shiraz Rug

Small Persian Shiraz Rug Shop Now >

This 2′ 6 x 4′ 3 Persian Shiraz rug has the most beautiful bright blue highlights. With an eye-catching design and a soft wool pile to sink your feet into this rug is perfect for a small space like in front of the kitchen sink.

Antique Caucasian Rug

2′ 10 x 4′ 3 Antique Caucasian Lesghi rug Shop Now >

Or, you can capture an antique look balanced with tribal style with this stunning 2′ 10 x 4′ 3 Caucasian Lesghi rug. Traditional antique Lesghi rugs are enormously popular among rug collectors. This bold and energetic pattern will be a riveting addition to any space.

Turkish Sparta rug

3′ 2 x 6′ 6 Turkish Sparta rug Shop Now >

Lastly, we have our 3′ 2 x 6′ 6 Purple Turkish Sparta rug. Featuring a bold geometric design with interesting animal figures scattered throughout, this rug will liven up any room.

Whether you are looking for tribal-style rugs, elegant traditional Persian rugs or something in between, browse JessiesRugs.com to find the perfect one of a kind rug to fit your space. If we don’t have exactly what you’re looking for be sure to send us a note and we will keep an eye out for you as our inventory is constantly changing.

Great Buys Under $150

We have been adding a bunch of vintage and antique Oriental rugs to our inventory. If you are looking to add a fresh look to your home with a Persian rug and you are on a tight budget, you have come to the right place.

red persian rug

Red Persian Hamedan rug $140 Shop Now >

Hamedan rugs are one of the most common types of Persian rugs. To learn more about this type of rug check out our Hamedan rug Guide.

red persian rug with geometric design

Persian Karaja rug $140, Shop Now >

Karaja rugs are also a type of Persian rug. These rugs generally have a more tribal look than Hamedan rugs, but can be found in similar colors like the one represented above. Many Karaja rugs feature a trio of recognizable medallions similar to the medallions above.

Red Oriental rug

Pakistan Bokhara rug $132, Shop Now >

Bokhara rugs, like the one pictured above, are often the easiest type of Oriental rug to identify for beginners. This is due to the gul medallion design seen in the field above. The larger the Bokhara rug, the more rows of guls it will have. These Pakistan Bokhara rugs are very popular as they come in all different sizes and colors making them easy to decorate with. Learn more about these rugs with our Guide to Bokhara rugs.

If you are looking for a larger size, you can find all of our rugs at JessiesRugs.com

Modern, Antique & Vintage Rugs

One of the easier characteristics to identify of an Oriental rug is often the age. Of course there are variables that may cause premature wear or color fading in a newer rug causing it to appear older, but for the most part rugs can be split into different categories by age.

Modern or contemporary rugs are those rugs woven in the last 20 years or so. Quality varies depending on origin, however when compared with a rug woven 40+ years ago it is easy to tell the difference. There is one complication when dealing with modern rugs. When some rug dealers discovered the market for antique rugs, they wanted to appeal to decorators and designers by wearing down the pile of their freshly woven rugs. The wear gives the appearance of an antique rug, however these rugs are not antique. After practicing, it should be relatively easy to determine whether a rug is antique or new by inspecting the weave. The rug pictured below is a contemporary Indian scatter rug.

Oriental rug

Red Oriental Rug

Indian Rug

Weave of an Oriental rug

Sometimes customers confuse the terms antique and vintage. An item is typically classified as antique if it was made 100 or more years ago, while a semi antique object would be around 50-100 years old. The terms semi antique and vintage are often used interchangeably. Vintage can describe an item over around 40 years old, but it can also describe a specific period in time. The rug pictured below is a vintage Persian Karaja rug.

Persian Karaja rug

Vintage Persian Karaja

Note the differences between the vintage Persian rug above and the first contemporary Indian rug pictured before it.

For further comparison, note the fine weave of the antique Persian Kirman below. Although many antique rugs are worn due to traffic wear and use, there are some which are preserved either from being hung on a wall or not laid on the floor. Therefore, if you come across a rug without wear it doesn’t necessarily mean it is not antique. Many professionals often have their antique rugs restored, making them appear as though they have just come off the loom.

Persian rug

Weave of an Antique Persian Kirman rug

Antique Persian Rug

Antique Persian Kirman rug

Do you like antique rugs, or modern rugs? Personally, I like them all.

Find these rugs and more at JessiesRugs.com

How to Take Care of Oriental Rugs

It’s the time of year when boots come out of the closet, salt and sand are spread on the roads and sidewalks, and everyone is trekking ice and dirt into the house. So how do you protect your antique rugs from damage without rolling them up and putting them into storage?

  1. Regular vacuuming. Vacuuming your rugs weekly or more often will help prevent abrasive sand and salt from being embedded underneath the pile of the rug causing premature wear. If you are unsure of the best method of vacuuming your carpet, read our rug guide on vacuuming.Vacuuming rugs
  2. Spare Mats At Entryways. Having a few spare mats around 2′ x 3′ laid out at doors and entrance ways will help remove some of the dirt and water on your guests’ boots.
  3. Rotating. By rotating rugs placed in high-traffic areas or areas in direct sunlight, you allow for an even distribution of wear. Ideally, rugs are not placed in direct sunlight as it may cause fading. Rotating your rugs monthly is a good idea so they don’t end up with an unsightly area of wear from foot traffic.
  4. Common Repairs. Inspecting your rug for damage every once in a while is important. Catching moths early before they eat the wool pile can save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. Also, simple repairs such as overcasting to protect the fringe ends from losing knots, or re-binding of edges to secure them will also save your rug.
  5. Professional Cleanings. Whether you have your rugs professionally cleaned or follow this DIY guide, it is important to clean your rugs yearly or every two years depending on traffic. Springtime is often the most popular time to clean rugs after a long winter of grime and dirt.

 

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.

Rug Pillow

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.

Persian Rug

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.

 

What do you do with your old rugs?

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.

persian rug

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.

Antique Persian rug

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.

Bokhara rug

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.

Antique Caucasian rug

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.

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.

persian rug

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.

Persian rug

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.

Red, Pink and White Rugs

Valentine’s Day is coming! Here are some of our Oriental rugs with Valentine’s Day color schemes:

First is this beautiful Ivory Persian Kirman rug. Traditional delicate and intricate floral sprays and soft red and pink highlights add a feminine touch to this vintage Oriental rug. Many floral patterns in Kirman rugs were derived from patterns found in shawls.

Persian Kirman Rug

Persian Kirman rug c. 1950 Shop Now >

Persian Kirman Rug weave

Weave of the Persian Kirman Rug

 

Next is this deep red Dergazine rug. The design features an ivory center medallion accented sharply with blue surrounded by pink flowers.

Red Persian Rug

Red Persian Dergazine rug Shop Now >

 

This traditional Persian Serabend was woven with soft and luxurious wool. The design features a cream-colored field filled with an all-over pattern of botehs or pear motifs. Repeating botehs is the most common design of Serabend rugs.

Serabend Persian Rug

Serabend Persian Rug

Persian rug

Soft and thick wool on a Persian Serabend Shop Now >

 

JessiesRugs.com wishes everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day!

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!