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The art of making carpets

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How Persian Rugs are made

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Traditional skills of persian rug weaving

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What do I do about spills and other accidents?

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The best medicine for spills is to get the substance out of the rug as fast as possible. Use a paper towel or cloth. Pouring salt on a stain doesn’t do much of anything. After cleaning up the spill, dilute it with some water in a sponge. You can also use a little bit of dish washing detergent to help clean the spill. If the stain persists, use more water….

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How do I care for my Oriental rug?

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People think that because Oriental rugs are valuable, they must be pampered like fine China. But Oriental rugs have earned their reputation of being magical in part because of their sheer endurance. When dirty, they can be washed. If they are broken, they can be repaired or re-woven. Their dyes resist fading and running and their wool, full of natural oils (lanolin) keeps many potential stains from penetrating and setting….

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What is the difference between hand spun and machine spun wool?

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For thousands of years, weavers spun wool by hand to create yarn that makes up the pile of Oriental rugs. By about World War Two, nearly all wool was spun by machines. Now, since about 1985, a small but appreciable number of weavers are again spinning wool by hand. Although some people prefer the uniformity and formal appearance that machine spun wool imparts to carpets, most connoisseurs value the effect…

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Are finely knotted rugs better than others?

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No. A rug that is more finely woven (with more knots per inch or KPI) is not necessarily a better rug. A finer weave allows for greater detail. Curved lines in a rug’s design can be “drawn” more smoothly and gracefully in a rug with many knots per square inch, just as a lot of pixels in a computer screen allow for more natural looking lines. But it must be…

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Are rugs with natural vegetal dyes better?

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Yes and no: Dyes made from natural substances such as roots have been used in Oriental rugs for virtually thousands of years, or until about World War Two. By that time, synthetic dyes had almost entirely taken the place of natural dyes. Starting in about 1980, natural dyes again began to be used in a few rugs, and today both natural and synthetic dyes are used in Oriental rugs. For…

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What is a kilim?

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A “Kilim” (sometimes called “gelim”) is a flat-woven Oriental rug, made much like Navajo rugs, without pile. They don’t generally last as long in floor use as the thicker knotted pile carpet (perhaps an average of about 35 years compared to 50-80 years of use) nor do they cost as much. Many collectors value kilims because often they retain the oldest and most traditional designs and colors.

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