RUG BLOG - Lavender Oriental Carpets

High – Low Combo Rugs

Let’s take a look at the increasingly popular high-low, high and low, high-low contrast, high-low monochrome, multiple level, multiple technique; lots of high-low carpets, and all attempt to be totally au courant. Depending on the material used they should be within a budget that would allow most people to include in their interior design. But this carpet is much more than a mere high-low textured piece. Here the look of the front is significantly driven by the look of the back. It really is not a bi-colored rug at all and this is partially, at least, the doing of the

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Vintage Navajo Rugs

Vintage Navajo Rug   Navajo Flat Weave Rugs Antique Navajos are usually in scatter sizes and larger, room size pieces are both extremely rare and highly desirable . As perpetually fashionable as they are collectible, traditional Navajo rugs, skillfully woven by members of the Native American Navajo tribe, are similar to Kilims and constructed using similar time-honored techniques. The native American Navajo tribe of New Mexico and Arizona was originally weaving wearing blankets in the early 19th century, but when they became settled on the reservation they switched to rugs inspired by Caucasian pieces made available by the local traders.

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Indoor and Outdoor Carpets

Indoor and outdoor carpets Diamond and Others In order to better integrate indoor and outdoor settings, we offer modern uncomplicated, abstract monochromes that go anywhere in their design while being totally appropriate in their make-up. The outdoor carpets are synthetic, made from recycled polyethylene, in three distinct levels. The lowest level is a weft-faced flatweave, and there are two upper levels of high and still higher pile forming a monochrome horizontal geometric pattern of floating diamonds, zig-zags and solid bands. There are four colorways at present. The synthetic has a wool-like tactility, but, in fact, is made of recycled plastic

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Silver Silver? Silver!

Silver for jewelry. Silver for cutlery. Silver for rugs? What is a silver rug or a silver-toned rug? Silver is not a spectral color, indeed not a color at all, at least in the usual optical sense.  Not white, not grey, not even platinum.  Silver is cool, the color of the moon, as gold is of the sun.  Silver metallic thread appears only rarely in rugs,  and on nothing modern. Let us consider what a silver rug ought to be. Reflective, or at least patinated. Silver surfaces are perfect, so texture is only a minor concern. Keep it smooth. If

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Interesting Write Up On an Ikat Rug

This carpet, which can be ordered in custom sizes, is even more interesting than it looks! First, consider the high-low effect. Not just any high-low, but a ridged granularity following the warps. While the vast majority of old and new carpets knot on every warp, this unusual type leaves a center warp free between pairs of knots. We can see this clearly on the back where pairs of knots cover four warps but leave one continuous column uncovered. This result is a broad ribbing effect on the front, perpendicular to the rows of knots. Then there is abrash. Wow! All

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A Carpet For Spring

A perfect carpet for the Spring Season Tabriz Garden Carpet Size: 9’6 x 12’6 Spring comes but once a year and in most of Persia it is indeed fleeting. So why not make it more enduring and bring it inside during the hot and dry summers, and the cold, windy winter? Thus was born the garden (or chahar bagh, lit. four part garden) carpet. The first, as far as literary sources go, was created in the 7th century A.D. for the Persian king Khusrau ( Chosroes), and employed silk, precious metal thread and precious stones to delineate and decorate a

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RUG APPRAISALS & RUG VALUATION

RUG APPRAISALS & RUG VALUATION A knowledgeable dealer with years of experience and familiarity with the current market is the best way to accurately appraise your rugs.  This is especially true in a market where the demand for certain types of rugs changes based on certain designs, technical features and colors. A wide range of factors influence the value of an antique rug. A few characteristics which aid in determining the selling price are: condition, age, design, coloration, materials, size and where it was made. Please contact us at 212-532-5111 or email us at [email protected] to obtain an accurate assessment. Our

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Contemporary Abstract Viscose and Wool Carpets

Contemporary Abstract Viscose and Wool Carpets Carpet weaving has expanded far beyond the usual Oriental rug patterns, field/border distinction, materials, and saturated colors. Indian weavers have taken the lead in using viscose silk for accents and larger tonal areas. The contrast between wholly matte wool and abrashed (natural color variation) tonally mixed viscose silk is something entirely innovative unlike the obvious wool-cotton-silk contrasts on traditional carpets.  Light, light, light is a basic trend.  Another modern feature has been the avoidance of the border, replaced by an abstract painterly pattern of droplets, strokes, dots, drips and flows. The influence of Modernists

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Fabulous Color in an Oversize Heriz Carpet

Fabulous Color in an Oversize Heriz Carpet 14’ x 20’10 Dark indigo blue is such a frequent dominant (or at least a strong secondary) tone in oriental rugs, that it is both surprising and eye-refreshing when it is absent. Such is the case with our bold antique Persian Heriz carpet with a palette emphasizing sky blue, ivory and ruby red. More than any other village or town weave, Heriz area carpets, be they of the Bakshayesh type with allover patterns or more classic examples with medallion and corners layouts, revel in light blue tones: turquoise, sky blue, powder blue, palest

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ORGANIC RUGS

Sheep are the first stage in carpet making. We call this our Organic Line because from sheep to rug, all the processes are organic and natural. The sheep are hand sheared and the wool is separated initially by colour into beiges, creams, taupes and various shades of brown. Natural washing with water, repeated over and over, removes the accumulated detritus of small sticks, leaves and other material picked up by the sheep while grazing. This process is repeated until the wool is soft, clean and pliable. All the wool yarn in our organic line is handspun by locals, both for

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