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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.

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?

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?

Slowly moving in to our new location

Recently we moved our warehouse to a new location.

Discount Oriental rug warehouse

Mike is pretty happy with the new space.

It took a while to get the heat turned on, as you can see our system is older than some of our antique Oriental rugs.

Antique heating system

The Thermolier is keeping us toasty this season!

And a back shot of the fan in the heating system:

Antique Heating System

Pumping out heat

Next on the list was installing blinds.

Installing Blinds

Installing blinds

This looks easier than it was. Mike had to stand on a wobbly plastic fold out table to reach the top, but the finished product looks perfect!

Blinds Installed

Beautiful blinds!

Next on the list was installing the floor. We found these great planks at Home Depot that snap together easily.

Wood floor installation

Snapping the planks together.

It might look like Mike’s doing all the work, but someone had to take the pictures…

Oriental rug photos

Mike installing wood floor for our Oriental rug photos

Sarouk Rug

Persian Sarouk rug on the new floor

We completed the floor yesterday and we are finally able to take pictures of some of the rugs we got almost a month ago. This one in particular is a gorgeous Sarouk Persian rug.

It’s looking pretty empty right now because we haven’t installed our alarm system yet. Once the alarm is installed we will be bringing the rest of our rugs from storage.

Oriental rugs online

The finished product

Check out some of our newly listed one of a kind discount Oriental rugs at JessiesRugs.com.

 

Adding to Our Inventory

It’s been a busy couple of months this season adding more rugs to our online store.

Two weeks ago we had a crazy weekend driving to estates all over Massachusetts. One of the best parts of estate sales is not only the beautiful rugs, but the variety of antique jewelry, decor, and other unique collectors items. If you are in the market for a new home, estate sales also allow you to tour spaces which may be on the market.

Discount Oriental Rugs

Interesting Moroccan rugs and Turkish rugs collected at an estate in Medfield, MA

Here is one of the Turkish Bergamo rugs from the above lot after cleaning and repair:

Turkish Oriental Rug for sale

Deep Blue Turkish Bergamo Rug Shop Now >

 

Oriental rugs for sale online

A carload of Oriental rugs obtained from estates in Belmont and Holliston, MA

It’s times like these I wish we had a larger car! Things get pretty crowded after rug pickups like these. Mike was pretty excited in the picture below. We can’t wait to get these rugs online for you to appreciate.

Oriental carpets

More Oriental carpets from Belmont and Holliston.

Last but not least, here is a sneak peak at our new Chinese Nichols rug. I have always loved the art deco style but this rug is truly one of a kind with absolutely stunning colors. In a later post I will discuss the background of Nichols Chinese rugs and their increasing popularity among collectors.

Chinese Nichols rug

Stunning Nichols Chinese Rug

Keep an eye out on JessiesRugs.com for these new rugs and more as we add them!

Finding an Oriental Rug to Match Your Style

Oriental rugs have long been looked at as a symbol of wealth and elegance. Over the years Oriental rugs have lost their appeal with the younger generation, however many of those who were raised with Oriental rugs in their homes never lose their passion for them.

Caucasian Kuba Rug

Antique hand woven Caucasian Oriental rug

When choosing an Oriental rug for your home, you must first decide if you want a machine made rug or a handmade rug. An authentic handmade Oriental rug is a one of a kind piece, woven by an expert weaver. Much like snowflakes, no two hand knotted Oriental rugs are identical. This is why a handmade Oriental rug adds character to the space it is in. An authentic Oriental rug may have differences in the design from one end to the other. A weaver may add a signature, or a symbol to represent themselves. Perhaps a weaver adds a smaller flower at one end rather than a larger flower making the rug unsymmetrical. As seen in the picture below, machine made Oriental rugs have a very uniform style and are almost always perfectly symmetrical. These rugs also cost much less than an authentic Oriental rug.

Machine Made Oriental Rug

A Machine Made rug with an Oriental rug design.

After deciding whether you want a machine made Oriental rug or a handmade Oriental rug, the next step is to find the right style. Oriental rugs come in a variety of styles including Tribal, Floral, Medallions, or Geometric. Persian rugs often have floral motifs, while Turkish rugs have a more tribal design.

Pink Persian Oriental Rug

Authentic Handmade Persian Dergazine Oriental Rug with floral motifs Shop Now >

 

Turkish Kilim Rug

Handmade Turkish Kilim Rug with a bold geometric design Shop Now >

If you are looking for an antique Oriental rug with a little wear you may want to check eBay, JessiesRugs.com, local estate sales, or your local craigslist listings. Handmade Oriental rugs do hold their value well and it is well known that they become more beautiful with age.
If you are looking for a new Oriental rug you may want to check online.
After deciding on design, age, and quality you will want to decide on a color. In this case you may want to have swatches of fabric from the room you are looking to put a rug in, or you may want to take a rug on trial to see how it fits in your home.

Share your preference below; will it be hand woven or machine made?

Where We Find Our Oriental Rugs

One of the most common questions we are asked by our customers is, “Where do you get your Oriental rugs?”. The answer is, people like you.

Red Persian Rug Runner

A red Persian Kazvin rug runner, bought at a local estate sale.

Perhaps you have had the same red Persian rug runner in your hallway for ten years and are ready to redecorate. Maybe your grandma left you her collection of antique Oriental rugs  and none of them seem to fit in your home, or you could be moving out of state and are unable to take your rugs with you. That is where we come in. As an established rug dealer we are able to either buy your old rugs or consign them for a fair price in our shop.

Similar to selling jewelry, it is easier to sell to a dealer rather than going through the hassle of finding buyers for your item. You may make less money on the item compared to retail value, but it is money in your pocket the same day you are ready to sell rather than having to list your item repeatedly on eCommerce sites and deal with picky buyers coming in and out of your home.

Shopping for Oriental Rugs

Mike shopping for rugs at the Brimfield Fair in the summer of 2014

We also find our antique Oriental rugs at auctions, estate sales, antique shows like the one in Brimfield Massachusetts, and on Craigslist.

All of our rugs are hand washed the day they enter our store  so our customers can be sure they are receiving a clean rug.

Oriental rug cleaning

Cleaning an Oriental rug

 

Shop our one of a kind selection and find your dream rug at JessiesRugs.com today!

How It All Began…

Mike and I first met in January 2010 at Framingham State University during our sophomore year. We were both majoring  in Chemistry and began studying together. After two long years of all-nighters, take-out, and laboratory preparations we graduated in 2012. Mike started working in Framingham and I started working in Walpole. The time apart and our mundane jobs really started to bring us down. We racked our brains to find an alternative, to find some way we could work together doing something we were passionate about.  This is where JessiesRugs.com comes in.

Holding an antique Caucasian prayer rug

Mike holding an antique Caucasian prayer rug

Mike’s father has been in the rug business for 40 years, operating in Natick, Massachusetts. With his wealth of knowledge of Oriental rugs, we started to learn the trade and began to sell our fine rugs online. After being exposed to some of the stereotypical rug dealers who are out to empty your pockets, we knew we wanted to make something different and better for our customers.

antique persian rug

Jess next to an antique Persian rug

We are constantly adding new content about caring for your Oriental rugs at home and updating our guides on different types of Oriental rugs to better educate our customers. Even if you don’t end up buying your rug from us, we hope you are able to use our site to prepare yourself to buy an Oriental rug with confidence.

At our online store we have a variety of hand knotted discount Oriental rugs including Persian rugs, Caucasian rugs, and more. We encourage all of our customers to make an offer on any of our rugs if the price is out of their budget. We always consider reasonable offers.

If you have a question about the value or origin of a rug you own, we would love to hear from you! Send us an email at: info@jessiesrugs.com