Category: Interesting Rug Facts

How to Care for a Silk Persian Rug

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Detail of a silk Persian brocade rug. Notice how vibrant the colors are.

Silk is actually a very strong fiber. It is used in Persian and Oriental rugs because it is also elegant and alluring. When cleaning a silk rug, the problem is not so much with the material as with the dyes. You need to be careful that the dyes do not bleed.

The best way to care for your silk rug is by regular light cleaning and spot cleaning when necessary.

It is also important to know that silk rugs stain easily, so you want to avoid putting the rug where there is a lot of foot traffic. Also, if there is a lot of walking on the rug, the color could fade and the embroidery could be damaged (you may, therefore, want to hang a Persian/Oriental silk rug on a wall). Once the damage has occurred, there is no way to repair it. You also want to avoid using any abrasive cleaner on the rug, which can damage it as well.

You can dust this type of rug with an ordinary broom or vacuum. If you use a broom, however, you want to sweep lightly over the rug to avoid damage. When using a vacuum, use only the head without a brush. Again, a brush may cause damage to the rug.

If you spill something on the rug, you need to clean it up as soon as possible. If the stain is allowed to dry, it may become impossible to get out. If there is solid material on the rug, watch that you do not scrape too hard to remove the material, as this could harm the rug also.

To remove a liquid spill, use a clean, white cloth and blot the stain to remove as much of it as you can. Then use a gentle cleaner to take care of the rest. Some people use club soda on their rug to remove stains. To do this, pour the club soda onto the rug, and then blot it dry. Another cleaner that can be used is a mixture of equal parts of white vinegar and water.

You also want to keep the rug away from anything hot, as this may harm the rug. You shouldn’t use a hair dryer to dry any liquid on the rug, and avoid using hot water when cleaning the rug. And you should never use chemical cleaners on the rug, which can damage the color and texture.

To give your silk rug a thorough cleaning, which should be done regularly, you need to take it to a professional rug cleaner. They have the knowledge as well as the specialized equipment and cleaners to properly clean the rug without damaging it.

If you have silk Persian or Oriental rug you need cleaned, we urge you to bring it to a professional Persian/Oriental rug cleaner. Contact Persian Rug Cleaner of Dallas at 972-447-9600 for more information.

Image by Sialkgraph (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

4 Ways Owning a Persian Rug Makes You a Better Person

If you’re thinking of purchasing a fine, hand-made Persian or Oriental rug, consider this:

Doing so undoubtedly will make you a better person!

How so? Well, we’ve come up with four ways owning one – or more! – of these textile works of art makes you a better person. Take a look below.

  1. You’ll need to research the history of Persian and Oriental rugs so that you can identify a genuine hand-knotted rug.

Doing so will help you understand what makes these rugs so valuable. You’ll also have a greater understanding of the rugs’ designs and weaving techniques. You’ll also have a greater knowledge of the history of the Middle, Near, and Far East regions of the planet – certainly a good thing in and of itself.

  1. You’ll be more attuned to great art and craftsmanship everywhere.

Have you or a friend ever purchased a car, for example, that you’d never before really heard of and then, once the car is in your life in some way, you then see that same make and model everywhere?

The same goes for noticing fine works of art more, as well as appreciating the craftsmanship that goes into well-made, or well-designed furniture, cars, homes, landscapes, etc. Because you’ve had something of a short course in fine textile design, you’ll notice true artistry all around you when you see it.

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Buy a hand-knotted Persian or Oriental rug, and you’ll undoubtedly grow as an individual

  1. You may even start to buy “only the best,” because you’ve discovered the extra cost truly is worth it.

No more “fast fashion” for you. No more fast food. No more cutting corners to save a few pennies. Instead, you’ve come to appreciate and understand that quality and fine construction almost always trumps the fast and convenient because the quality is more beautiful, tastes better, and lasts longer.

  1. You just appreciate “the details” more and you find yourself slowing down to enjoy them.

These rugs are incredibly detailed in their designs, their colors, and the amount of artistry and time it takes to create them. As you learned about the history behind classic rug designs, you more than likely looked – really looked – at their details.

So now when a gorgeous sunset strikes you, you stop what you’re doing and look at it to notice its details. A starry night gob-smacks you with the incredible immensity of the sky’s vastness. Your child’s clear hazel eyes become fascinating (“I never knew his lashes were so long”), and so on.

Keep the details of your gorgeous rug as beautiful as they were the day you brought the rug home by having it regularly professionally cleaned. Contact Persian Rug Cleaner of Dallas at 972-447-9600.

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Estimating the Value of an Antique Persian Rug

If you have an antique Persian or Oriental rug, you may wonder what its appraised value is for insurance purposes, or if you’ve decided to sell it.

Read below for tips on how to appraise the value of an antique Persian or Oriental rug.

  • Take a look at its design. How intricate is it? Does it have a sense of visual depth? Are the proportions of the design’s elements effective? The level and quality of the overall design/composition as well as how the rug’s colors work together are important when appraising a rug’s value.
  • Rugs created before 1900 or even earlier are the most sought after because these rugs tend to have more naturally dyed colors, original designs, and even hues not found in rugs of more recent vintage.

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A Sultanabad antique Persian rug.

  • The older the rug, the more wear that’s allowed. A rug that was woven 70 years ago, for example, but shows more wear than one created 200 years ago, will be of lesser value.
  • A rug’s value also is determined by how much restoration work has been performed upon it. The restoration’s execution also is important. Chemical washing and lessening the size of a rug during restoration can have a great affect – negatively – on a rug’s value.
  • The more natural the dyes, the better.
  • Does the rug’s overall design and craftsmanship make it a true work of art? If so, it will be far more valuable to collectors than even an older rug in better shape.
  • In addition, rugs with more traditional designs tend to be more coveted by collectors, making them more valuable than a rug with a design that less traditional.
  • Rugs woven in the 1800s and earlier, as well as those in the “city” styles of the Kashan, Haji, Tabriz, Jalili, Motasham, Kermanshah, and Ferahan Sarouks, can be very valuable, as can the tribal styles (Caucasian, Qashqai, and Afshar) and the “village’ styles of Bakshaish, Ziegler Sultanbad, and the better Serapis, tend to be sought after by collectors.
  • The higher quality of the wool, the more valuable the rug. A good wool is one that has a high lanolin content, which gives the rug a luster and even a radiance to the colors, thus helping clarify the rugs’ design.
  • Finally, you should have a professional appraiser take a look at the rug and give you an estimate. You may want to have it seen by more than one appraiser.

If you have an antique rug you need to be cleaned, bring it to the Dallas Persian rug cleaning experts at  Persian Rug Cleaner of Dallas. Give us a call at 972-447-9600.

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Famous Persian Rugs

Fine weavers and artists have been creating Persian rugs for centuries (for at least 2,500 years. These textile works of art can last decades – even centuries – so it’s not surprising that there are a few “famous” Persian rugs.

Read below for a handful of them.

Two carpets created in the 16th century (around 1539-40) make up the pair of carpets singly known as the Ardabil Carpet.

One carpet is in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London with the smaller of the two in the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

The carpet in London is 34 ½ x 17 ½ feet, which means it has about 26 million knots in total.

The rugs are highly regarded in part because of the deliberate use of graphical perspective in that the rugs depict (among other things) two lamps at either end. The lamps are of different sizes; however, if one looks at the rug from the end with the smaller lamp, the lamps appear to be the same size.

The larger carpet arrived in London in 1893 pretty much in shreds and so the smaller of the two (the one now in Los Angeles) was later “sacrificed” in order to restore the other (the “sacrificed” no longer has a border and has some of its field missing).

The Ardabil Carpet’s design is so popular that several other Persian rugs have the same design. Wikipedia.com reports that there’s an “Ardabil” at 10 Downing Street in London. Hitler also was said to have an “Ardabil” in his Berlin office.

Another famous rug, the Pazyryk Carpet is believed to be the oldest extant Persian rug (although a few experts dispute this.) Discovered during an archeological dig in the 1940s, the rug is believed to be at least 2,000 years old. It’s now housed in St. Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum.

One of the largest carpets in the world is the “Carpet of Wonder” located in the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat (in the Sultanate of Oman). This carpet – finished in 2001 – measures 4,343 square meters (almost 14,300 square feet). It took 600 workers four years to create (or 12 million man-hours).

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The “Carpet of Wonder”.

Sotheby’s auction house in New York City in 2013 sold an antique Persian rug for $34,000,000. The rug – which is predominately red and featured (according to Sotheby’s) a “sickle-leaf, vine scroll and palmette ‘vase’-technique” was created in the 17th century. At 8’9” x 6’5” the rug wasn’t large at all (about the size of rug to be placed under a four-person dining room table).

When you want your modern or antique Persian or Oriental rug cleaned properly – bring it to Persian Rug Cleaner of Dallas.  We hand wash all of our rugs, ensuring their safety and thorough cleaning. Contact us by calling 972-447-9600.

Image courtesy of PersianCarpetGuide.com.