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Buying a rug (Colours)

Buying a rug (Colours)

(Posted on 19/10/13)

Decorative considerations (Colour) Today, rugs are an important export for most producing countries, and many weaving groups have consciously broadened their palette in order to appeal to Western tastes.  This is particularly true of India...

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Buying a rug (Choosing)

Buying a rug (Choosing)

(Posted on 17/10/13)

Choosing an oriental rugThe most important factor when choosing an oriental rug is he reason 'why' the rug is being bought.  This may seem self-evident, but it is not unknown for people to purchase extremely attractive and reasonably priced items...

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Sizes and Shapes

Sizes and Shapes

(Posted on 10/10/13)

In the East it is customary to employ several rugs in an overall floor plan, rather than opting for one large, centralizing carpet as in the West.  This has a number of practical advantages from a furnishing and decorative point of view.  If...

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Washing

Washing

(Posted on 02/10/13)

After the rug has been clipped, it is washed to remove any dirt that may have been collected during the weaving process and to give the pile its particular 'finish'.  Some-times the rug is simply washed in water and then left out in the...

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Fineness of the Knotting

Fineness of the Knotting

(Posted on 28/09/13)

This refers to the number of knots that have been tide per sq inch of pile.  The higher the number of knots, the finer the weave.  There are no hard and fast rules determining the exact knot-count required to justify a rug being referred to...

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Knotted, or pile rugs

Knotted, or pile rugs

(Posted on 24/09/13)

In oriental rugs the pile is created by tying a short length of yarn around two adjacent warp strands so that the ends of the yarn protrude upwards to form the surface (or pile) of the rug.  This process is referred to as 'knotting', because...

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Flat-weaves, or kelims

Flat-weaves, or kelims

(Posted on 12/09/13)

Flat-woven rugs are generally referred to as kelims (or gelims), which is a Turkish word meaning prayer rug.  They are made by tightly interweaving the warp and weft strands to create a flat, pileless surface.  The design is produced by threading...

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Dyeing and Colours

Dyeing and Colours

(Posted on 07/09/13)

The dyer is an extremely important, and often somewhat mysterious figure in rug-making.  In nomadic and village cultures, the master dyer - almost invariably male - often acts as the tribal wise man, whose advice is sought on a whole range of subjects...

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Materials

Materials

(Posted on 03/09/13)

Oriental rugs always use natural fibers, and any rug containing synthetic material will invariably have been machine made. The only exception to this rule is the occasional use of very small quantities of gold or metallic thread in some workshop and...

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How Oriental rugs are made

How Oriental rugs are made

(Posted on 27/08/13)

All oriental rugs are made in one of two ways: they are either hand-woven (kelims) or hand-knotted (pile rugs). individual weaving groups may adopt slightly varying methods of construction, particularly in the type of knot used to form the pile, and...

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