Frequently Asked Questions
- What can I do to take care of my rug?
- What materials are used in constructing a Persian rug?
- How is rug age classified?
- Why does the length of the fringes vary?
- Why is there fading or other color variations in handmade rugs?
- Why do handmade Oriental and Persian rugs occasionally have imperfections in regards to symmetry or size?
- Do you sell under-padding for rugs as well?
- What are the benefits of using padding?
- What do the different categories of rugs mean?
Wool, cotton, and silk are the most commonly used materials in Persian and Oriental rugs. [top]
The three age classifications for rugs are: new, semi-antique, and antique. Older rugs are generally higher in retail value. [top]
The length of the fringe varies from rug to rug. Some are short and some are long. Tribal rugs and older rugs are sometimes braided. The length of the fring has little to do with the quality and value. [top]
Some colors have varying shades in handmade rugs, especially in tribal pieces. This is referred to as 'abrash', and there are many factors that determine exactly what shade the colors of the finished product will have. The quality of the wool, and where and when the dyes were made, are the main ones. A tribal rug may take several months to weave, and the wool used in one part of the rug might be dyed six months earlier than the rest, due to the nomadic habits of the weavers. The natural dyes usually used in tribal pieces tend to fade over time into slightly softer tones. Color variation is very rare in fine city carpets. It is also important to know that most carpets have a pile which lays in one direction. This might cause the rug to have a dark side and a light side. Looking into the pile the rug will appear darker, against the pile the rug will appear lighter. This can be used to great advantage in fine-tuning the decoration of a room. [top]
Why do handmade Oriental and Persian rugs occasionally have imperfections in regards to symmetry or size?
It is a common belief among Persians that only God creates perfection. It is therefore common that slight imperfections can be found in Persian rugs. Usually these can be seen as perhaps an extra flower or one flower being of a different color than the rest. However, most variation is seen in tribal pieces. Although not always intentional, it is due to the fact that nomadic weavers operate differently from city weavers. Looms used in rural areas are usually very simple horizontal looms placed on the floor, making it more difficult to weave a perfectly symmetrical rug. Nomadic weavers migrate seasonally and slight imperfections are caused by temperature changes and the dismantling and re-assembly of their simple looms. The looms used in rural areas are usually very basic horizontal looms placed on the floor, which makes it much more difficult to weave a perfectly symmetrical rug. By definition nomadic weavers migrate according to the seasons, and slight variations might also be caused by temperature changes and by the constant dismantling and re-assembly of their primitive looms. [top]
Yes we do sell under-padding for our rugs and they are available upon request. [top]
Padding has several benefits. It holds the rug securely in place, provides cushioning and luxury, and allows for easier vaccuming. Padding also prevents pile crush and generally extends the life of your rugs. [top]
Persian rugs are generally classified by the city the rug was woven or by the tribal people who weave them. Rugs woven in the cities are usually woven in the home, at a workshop, or in a master workshop. Village rugs are basically "cottage industry" rugs woven at home and nomadic rugs are woven in tents. [top]