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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Oriental Rugs In The Kitchen: Good or Bad Idea?

Putting a mat in the kitchen by the sink is pretty common, but in the last few years Persian and Oriental rugs have been replacing those generic mats in the kitchen. Every one has a different opinion on whether or not you should have an antique or vintage hand knotted rug in your kitchen. A Persian rug will look great almost anywhere you place it, but here are a few tips for those who dare to decorate the floors in their kitchen with Oriental rugs.

Rug Runner

Persian Rug Runner

1. Choose colors wisely: Don’t go with white, or light color schemes if you get messy in the kitchen. Although the rug may look stunning, you don’t want to cook pasta one night and have the red sauce spilled all over your beautiful new rug. The majority of Oriental rugs are forgiving, so if you do spill something on it, quickly follow guidelines to remove the stain or take it to a professional cleaner.

2. Choose an appropriate design: An Oriental rug with an open field may not be the best choice for a kitchen floor. Many Persian rugs have elaborate designs with all-over patterns or intricate medallions. By choosing a rug with a full design any stains on the carpet should be masked by the pattern.

3. Choose a rug with good pile-height: Half the reason most people have for having a mat or rug in the kitchen is to have something comfortable to stand on while cooking or doing dishes versus a hard floor. If this is your reason, make sure you find a good rug pad and/or a rug with thick pile and a lot of life left for support.

4. Follow simple rules for caring for Oriental rugs: See our rug guides for easy methods for caring for your Oriental rugs >

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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.

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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.

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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.

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New Year, New Rugs

With a New Year comes new resolutions and often a refreshing change in our home’s decorations. Below are some of the new vintage Persian rugs we have added to our shop in the last couple of weeks, perfect for warming floors and adding a touch of brightness in the coldness of winter.

First up is a beautiful Persian Bidjar rug with jewel tones of aqua and pink-salmon. This lively rug has a super thick pile, perfect for a high-traffic area with a pad underneath. With a fine-weave, this collectible peace will add elegance and brightness to any room. This rug is in line with the traditional design one would expect to see in a Persian rug.

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Small Persian rug

Currently my favorite rug in the shop, below is a stunning antique Persian Kirman rug. It is easy to get lost in the intricate details of this fine piece. From small blue cypress trees to swirling, curvilinear floral motifs, this rug exudes elegance. This Persian Kirman is perfect for an upscale, classy home with muted color tones and just the right amount of wear.

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Antique Persian Kirman rug

Persian Kirman rug

Close-up tree motifs in antique Persian Kirman rug

Last, but definitely not least, is this absolutely amazing Persian runner rug. If you are looking to brighten up a dark hallway, this is the rug for you. Jewel-tones of blue and green give highlights to the beautiful red-orange border on this gorgeous antique Persian rug. The all-over design in the field is captivating and will have all your guests raving about your taste in rugs.

Antique Oriental rug

Antique Persian Rug runner

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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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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.

Newly Added and More to Come

We have been very busy shopping for vintage rugs to find the best deals for our customers. Here are some of our recently added rugs.

We have several Art Deco Chinese Nichols rugs like the one below which is priced at $460. Featuring the traditional two-toned field and border, this Chinese Nichols rug is brought to life by eye-catching floral motifs, beautiful vases and an interesting branching tree.

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Chinese rug

 

Next is a 4′ 6 x 7′ 3 Persian Meshkin rug. With even fading, and a soft color palate this rug would be the perfect addition to a foyer or bedroom. There are a variety of interesting animal figures woven among the medallions in the field.

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Lastly, these are some of the gorgeous Persian rugs we just got in today. They are not yet listed on JessiesRugs.com as they have not been inspected or cleaned, but keep an eye out for them next week!

Three Persian Rugs

 

More Rugs and Several Lilihans

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

 

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Unsymmetrical Rugs: Imperfections in Authentic Oriental Rugs

If you are looking for a perfect, symmetrical, uniform-looking rug you should probably check out machine made rugs. A while ago, someone asked me why her Persian rug looked different from one end to the other. Like anything else made by hand, there will be imperfections in authentic Oriental rugs. Granted, some of those imperfections may be intentional, and some may be more pronounced than others.

Machine Made Oriental Rug

A Machine Made rug with an Oriental rug design.

Tribal rugs woven on horizontal looms in village settings are more likely to have imperfections than those woven on vertical looms in the cities or workshops where weavers strive for perfection.

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Persian Joshaghan rug Shop Now >

Above is a hand knotted Persian Joshaghan rug. Note how the sides of the rug are not perfectly straight and the design is not completely uniform. For many customers and rug lovers these are the characteristics which drive the sale of the rug. Each imperfection adds to the one of a kind nature of an antique Oriental rug such as this.

One of the most common occurrences of “flaws” in authentic Oriental rugs is abrash. Abrash is a term used quite often in describing the characteristics of a rug. It refers to a change in the tone of the color of the wool in a specific area of the rug. For example, a field may be dark blue with a thick line of lighter blue running horizontally across it. It is easy to confuse abrash with fading. Fading is a result of long-term exposure of a rug to the sun, and some fading can occur due to wear depending on the dyes used in the rug.

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Abrash in a Persian rug runner Shop Now >

The rug pictured above has notable abrash at one end. Note how the band runs horizontally along the same path a weaver would be tying the knots onto the foundation. This type of variation in color would not be called fading because fading is uneven and it would be very difficult to achieve this look after completion. Abrash occurs when the weaver changes wool lots, most often because the last lot has run out, and the next lot of wool may be lighter, or darker due to any number of variables including the dye time, temperature, and type of mordant among others.

Another common flaw in Oriental rugs is white knots appearing in the field, especially after the rug has seen some traffic. These knots are the tail ends of the foundation as seen below.

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Knot tails in a Turkish Sparta rug

 

What type of unique imperfection does your Oriental rug have?