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More Rugs and Several Lilihans

We have been busy again picking up rugs for our customers!

Persian and Oriental rugs

Just a few of the rugs we picked up over the past week.

We recently came across a beautiful collection of Lilihan Persian rugs. Lilihan has several different spellings including Lilian, and Lylyan.

Pink Persian Rug

Pink Persian Rug Lilihan

Lilihan rugs are Persian and are made in Iran. They are a type of Hamedan rug. To learn more about other types of Hamedan rugs, check out our previous post here.

Pink Persian rug

Persian Lilihan rug held by Mike in the photo above. Shop Now >

Small Persian rug

Small Persian Lilihan rug Shop Now >

Persian Lilihans have a Hamedan weave and are single wefted. This means you can see the alternating warp threads (the foundation threads which run up and down the rug making the fringe at each end). Check out the picture below of the back of one of the Lilihans we just got in.

Single Wefted

Back side of a Persian Lilihan rug. Single-wefted Hamedan weave.

Lilihans typically have curvilinear patterns with traditional floral sprays or geometric designs. They may have a pink or red weft and typically have a cotton foundation. They are similar to Persian Sarouk rugs in design as well as often being washed and painted leaving them with a purple-magenta or pink colored field.

Persian rug for sale

Persian Lilihan close-up, note the curvilinear and abstract patterns throughout.

 

Check out our other Lilihan Persian rugs for sale >

Do you have a Persian Lilihan at home?

Picking Up Rugs

This past weekend we picked up a bunch of vintage and antique Oriental rugs for the shop. After cleaning them we will start putting them online, so keep an eye on JessiesRugs.com

Antique oriental rugs

Vintage and antique Oriental rugs

 

Soumak rug

Close-up of a Soumak rug

Above is a sneak peak at one of my favorite rugs we just got in. There are numerous types of animal motifs woven into this rug including, but not limited to, birds, cats, bulls and fish.

Persian rugs

Drying two Persian mats

This nice weather has really been helping us out! The sun does a great job drying freshly washed Oriental rugs like the ones pictured above.

 

Spring Cleaning and Washing Those Rugs

It has been a long, harsh winter for the Northeastern United States. All of that snow, and dirty sand has been hard on our cars, but it is also hard on our rugs. The start of spring is often associated with cleaning up your house and selling off old items at yard sales. At this time it is also important to check your rugs out to see how they fared the winter months.

Persian Kerman rug

Persian Kerman rug before being washed

The design in the Persian rug above is slightly muddled, and the colors are duller than one would expect to see. If your rug was placed in a high traffic area during the winter, especially in an area where people did not take off their shoes, your rug will have trapped quite a bit of sand and salt in it’s pile. The pile of the rug is the fluffy wool on the top that makes it so soft. A regular vacuum will not sufficiently remove the sand that has been trapped under the pile. This sand, if left untreated, will slowly erode the wool fibers as people walk across the rug. The best way to remove the dirt embedded in the pile yourself is to flip the rug over and vacuum the backside.

Persian Kerman rug cleaning

Making progress cleaning the rug

A fresh wash will bring the life back into your authentic Oriental rug and make it last for many more years. Check out our guide to hand wash your Oriental rug yourself, or stop by your local rug dealer to get your rug cleaned.

Persian Kerman rug

Kerman rug corner close-up after cleaning

Check JessiesRugs.com to see the full rug after it has dried!

 

How to Buy an Oriental Rug Like a Pro

Your first or even your third Oriental rug purchase can be overwhelming. With some Oriental rugs priced similar to cars it is important to know what your plan is before opening your checkbook.

1. Measure Your Space

If you are not sure how to fit a rug into your space, check out our area rug size guide. Figure out what size rug you are looking for. An important question when buying a rug online is whether the listed measurement includes the fringe. I have seen some pretty long fringe, but on average fringe adds about 2 inches at each end.

Turkish Kilim rug

Very long fringe on a Turkish Kilim rug

The last thing you want to do is find the perfect rug, only to have it be delivered and see the fringe climbing up your walls because someone forgot to add it to the measurement. Some rug dealers round to the nearest foot, for example if a rug measures 3′ x 4′ 9 they may refer to it as 3′ x 5′. You don’t want to pay for a 3′ x 5′ rug and be disappointed when you find out it’s 3 inches shorter so make sure you ask the dealer if the measurement is accurate and includes the fringe. If you forget to ask about the fringe you can always trim it shorter to fit in your space.

3. Make sure it is real

Reputable rug dealers will not try to trick you into buying a machine made rug labeled as an authentic Oriental rug. But, if you are looking on eBay or Craigslist and dealing with inexperienced dealers you should be prepared to identify whether the rug is hand woven or machine made. Our guide to identifying authentic Oriental rugs can help you with that.

4. Be Ready to Haggle

Bickering with someone over a price is not everyone’s forte. First, you want to ask yourself if the marked price is fair; is it a price you would pay? If not, would you pay 75%? When you are ready to haggle, make sure you have a price in mind of what you are willing to pay, but do not offer that price immediately. The likelihood the dealer will take your first offer is slim; he or she will most likely counter your offer.

A great place to build your confidence with haggling is behind a computer screen using eBay. Start out with a small item that has the Make an Offer option.

5. Try it out

Pink Persian Hamadan rug

Pink Persian Hamadan rug

If you are buying a rug online, you will obviously not have the opportunity to take it home and “try it before you buy it”. For that reason it is important to be clear on the company’s return policy. Make sure you are aware of the time frame you will have to put the rug down and see that it fits in your space.

If you are buying your antique or semi-antique rug in person, ask if you can leave a deposit to try it for several days in your space. The majority of rug dealers allow their customers to try rugs in their home before making the purchase. Obviously this won’t work if you are buying the rug on a site like Craigslist, so make sure you look it over carefully during the exchange.

Persian Kirman Rug

Close up look at wear on a Persian Kirman

Lastly, you will want to inspect the rug to make sure there is no live moth or damage. This tip really applies to private sales such as sales on Craigslist. You can ask if it comes from a smoke free home, when the last time it was washed was, and whether or not they had pets that may have had accidents on the rug. It can be devastating to bring your new rug home just to find it is making your home smell like cigarette smoke. Any time I am buying a rug I smell it. Rugs are like filters; they capture all of the fragrances and dust floating around your home. I once bought an antique rug that smelled like women’s perfume.

What are your tips for first time rug buyers?

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.