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Rugs Info

ORIENTAL RUGS BASICS

"Alexander II of Macedonia was said to have been dazzled by the carpets in the tomb area of Cyrus the Great at Pasargade. "

All of the rugs at Michael Rugs, no matter the region of origin, are handmade. We import the finest Oriental rugs in a variety of color and styles so you can easily match your own aesthetic and color palette.

For more information, please visit our page on Oriental Rug Basics http://michaelrugs.com/oriental-rugs-info/.

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Construction

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Handmade Oriental rugs have two parts, the foundation and the pile. The foundation is made with typical weaving methods, with rows of warp threads in one directions and weft threads in the other. As the foundation is woven, knotted threads create the pile. Typically the knots are the Persian style or the Turkish style.

Materials

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Most of our Oriental rugs have a cotton foundation and wool pile. Sometimes wool and silk are combined for a higher quality foundation for the wool pile. Silk may be used as foundation with a silk pile for a luxurious feel. If there is a special foundation/pile combination, it is listed in the description of the rug.

Age of Rugs

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                  Low pile rug                                                    Antique rug                                             New silk rug    

 At Michael Rugs, we categorize the age of our Oriental rugs with the following guide:

  • New - not used
  • Old - between 5 to 50 years
  • Semi Antique – 50 to 75 years
  • Antique - 80 years and up

Color and Dyes

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Michael Rugs takes great care to bring you a variety and selection of colors to match your aesthetic and palette. If the dyes used are unique or special, we mention them in the description.

Designs and Motifs

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Persian Rugs have motifs that originally produced in a city and thus the design names were named after the city. Through trade their popularity increased and the patterns are produced elsewhere with their original names. Tabriz, Hamadan, Gabbeh, and Heriz are some of the most popular designs that have kept their Persian regional namesakes, and may come from other regions.

Rug Culture

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From the elaborate décor of ancient Persian palaces to Muslim prayer rugs and practical coverings for Nomads, Oriental rugs offer a deep cultural tradition. All who entered a home would follow cleanliness tradition and remove their shoes, so a fine carpet was always present to walk on.   Sheep’s wool and the silk were readily available and weaving became a tradition of common people.

So embedded in the family, the floor carpets were a child’s first playground, first knowledge of design and color, and a source of warmth and comfort for the whole family. Carpet care and cleanliness are revered and taught to the children as part of life’s rituals.

Condition

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                New RugExcellent condition                             Antique almost 2000 years old persian rug

At Michael Rugs, we categorize Oriental rugs into three conditions:

Excellent condition means the rug is new or has never been used. The distinction is that new means recently purchased; some rugs categorized as Excellent may be older but never used as some rugs have been viewed or purchased, but have been in inventory at rug stores or rug dealers. Either way, rugs in this condition have never been used.

Good condition means the rugs are used and they have a low but even pile. The pile is worn even in these rugs.

A Low Pile condition means used rugs where the pile is not worn evenly. Some part(s) of the rug may be low while other part(s) may be a medium pile.


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