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March Rug Highlights

Saint Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite holidays. From green beer to leprechauns and Boiled Dinner it’s a day I look forward to every year. Therefore green is the color of the day today, but as I have mentioned in a previous post on Green Dyes one rarely finds this color in very old, antique Persian rugs. I have rounded up a few of the Oriental rugs we have in stock right now that feature either green fields or green highlights.

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Art Deco Circular Chinese Oriental rug with a green field and pink border

The Chinese rug above features a soft green field sharply contrasted by a bright pink border, typical of this type of art deco-style Oriental rug.

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Silk Persian Tabriz rug with mint green field that has slight yellow undertones

The elaborate vase and floral design in the prayer rug above is accented by a soft mint green field allowing the highlight colors to shine.

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Stunning Tribal Turkish Kazak rug with three vertical medallions set in a rich, dark green field

Bold contrasting colors of green, blue and rust red complement the strong geometric design found in this Turkish Kazak rug.

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Intricately woven Persian Mashad rug with subtle green highlights set in a purple field

The Persian Mashad pictured above pulls together a variety of colors and intricate designs without appearing gaudy. If you look closely you will find a luscious shade of green in the floral and leaf motifs.

Persian rug with mint green

Persian Ardebil rug with central medallions set in an ivory field with mint green highlights and minor border

Lastly, we have a classic vintage Persian Ardebil with exciting abstract designs set in an ivory field. The minor borders are a soft shade of mint green reminiscent of mint chocolate chip ice cream.

Check out some of the other rugs we have for sale at JessiesRugs.com and I hope good fortune finds you on this lucky day!

Green Dyes in Oriental Rugs

Before synthetic dyes were introduced in the late 1800’s, Oriental rugs were dyed with colors extracted from the surrounding environment including plants, minerals and even insects. These dyes are usually called vegetable dyes. At an early age people are taught mixing yellow and blue makes green. This well-known fact was also applied to antique Oriental rugs made with vegetable dyes.

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Indian Oriental rug with a green field

The color blue was obtained from the indigo plant. After dyeing the wool blue, it was dyed yellow. Yellow dye was often obtained from various flowers including Saffron, Larkspur, vine leaves, and buckthorn. It is easy to differentiate a green in a vegetable dyed rug versus a synthetic dyed rug by the uneven color in the vegetable dyed rug. Since the wool has been dyed twice the green color in a vegetable dyed rug may have a slightly blue hue in one area and a yellow hue in the other. The synthetic green will be more uniform. Often times, the yellow may fade leaving blue on the pile. If you gently pull the pile apart to an area which has not been exposed to sunlight you will see the color was once green. Yellow splotches may also appear in a vegetable dyed rug from wear which causes the indigo color to rub off over time. Other, less common, sources of green dyes include turmeric berries, and Buckthorn berries which are used to produce Chinese green. In China, the color green signifies renewal and growth.

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Green and yellow butterfly in a Chinese Oriental rug.

The strength of the color is determined by several variables including the time the yarn spends in the dye pot, the type of spring water used, and the type of mordant used. Green fields are very rare in antique Oriental rugs because green is a holy color in Islam and is rarely walked upon. Since saffron is so expensive and yellow dye is required to make green, the rarity of yellow can also contribute to the lack of green rugs. Green has become more common in Oriental rugs in the last 100 years or so with the introduction of synthetic dyes and the increasing demand for it.

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