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Universal designs (Tree-of-life)

Universal designs (Tree-of-life)

(Posted on 03/04/14)

Tree-of-life designs are based on one of the oldest and most universal of all religious and mythological symbols, pre-dating both Islam and Christianity.  References to a 'tree of life' as the connecting link between the human and heavenly worlds...

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Universal designs

Universal designs

(Posted on 28/03/14)

Saph designs: Composed of a series of adjacent prayer-rug schemes, and often referred to as 'family' or 'multiple' prayer rugs. Anatolia, particularly Kaysery, produces a number of such rugs, but the majority come rfom Pakistan and are marketed as Mori...

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Prayer Rugs

Prayer Rugs

(Posted on 24/03/14)

Prayer rugs have been used in Muslim countries for centuries, and are an integral part of the religious experience of the Islamic world.  An orthodox Muslim is expected to pray 5 times a day on a 'clean spot' facing the holy city of Mecca, and a...

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Persian and universal designs

Persian and universal designs

(Posted on 14/03/14)

It is open to debate whether or not the designs traditionally ascribed to Persia are in fact Persian in origin, and there is some evidence to suggest that a number may have had earlier link with Anatolia, India or Central Asia.  What is not disputed...

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Anatomy of a rug

Anatomy of a rug

(Posted on 05/03/14)

Medallion (A) Any large central motif used as the focal point of a design.Field (B) Main area of the rug within the borders.Spandrels (or corners) (C) Architectural expression used to describe the space between the curve of an arch and its...

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Identifying rugs by their colour and design

Identifying rugs by their colour and design

(Posted on 14/02/14)

It is a common mistake to assume that oriental rugs can be identified by their designs alone.  While it is true that certain designs are closely associated, even synonymous, with specific localities or weaving group, centuries of trade, migration...

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Designs

Designs

(Posted on 01/02/14)

A basic knowledge of oriental carpet design is essential, not only as an aid to identification, but also as an important means of gaining insight into the rich and infinitely varied religious and cultural heritage of the weavers themselves.  Unlike...

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Where and when to sell

Where and when to sell

(Posted on 18/01/14)

Resale value  This is impossible to predict with any degree of certainty.  Do not be misled by assurances from dealers that all oriental rugs or at least the ones they are selling, will automatically increase in value; this simply is not true...

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Care and Repair

Care and Repair

(Posted on 07/01/14)

Oriental rugs have a justifiable reputation for being extremely durable, but they are not indestructible, and proper care and maintenance will greatly enhance both the beauty and life of your rug.  In addition to normal wear and tear, central heating...

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Where and when to buy

Where and when to buy

(Posted on 28/12/13)

There are a number of different types of retail outlet in most countries of the West, Far East and Australasia, each of which has its own slightly different set of advantages and disadvantages for the prospective buyer.  However, the type of outlet...

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