ORIGINS OF THE ANTIQUE RUG

COMMON QUESTIONS

Styling

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To an untrained eye there may not be a noticeable difference between many Oriental rugs. The time and place of a rug's creation determines its authenticity and value. At Paige Albright Orientals we can help you discern between the various styles so that you may choose the correct rug for your needs.

Here are a few styling tips that you may want to keep in mind:

  1. Hand knotted rugs have yarns that are knotted around warps running the length of the rug. A rug with more knots per square inch will typically be more valuable than one with less knots per square inch.
  2. A flat woven rug does not use knots to determine its shape. Warp strands are passed through the horizontal strands which form the foundation of the rug (these strands are called "the weft"). They may be passed through on a loom or by hand.

Dye Types:

  1. If the dye type is synthetic then the rug will not be over 150 years old.
  2. If the dye type is natural then the rug may be as old as 3,000 years!
  3. Old Indian rugs may have a deep red dye made from the dried bodies of insects. This dye may be referred to as "cochineal".

Styles from different geographies.

While there are too many styles to enumerate here, examples of styles unique to certain areas include:

  • A Turkish tribe of nomads called "Afshars" make rugs that are nearly square and stand out when compared to the more typical rectangular rug.
  • Rugs from Romania always are made with light blue wefts.
  • The heaviest rugs are made with either double or triple wefts between each row of knots and are produced in the Iranian city of Bijar.

Purchasing

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The rug that you select is going to work within the architectural points of the room itself and is going to define the space. The rug becomes the canvas and the correct rug choice can bring a room to life.

Keep the following purchasing tips in mind:

  1. Carefullly select your dealer. Because of the wide varieties in types and value of Oriental Rugs it is essential that you work with a reputable dealer. Here at Paige Albright Orientals our staff has many years experience in helping clients pick out the best rugs for their needs.
  2. Know the exact dimensions of the room where you will be placing the rug. Make sure also that you know the pieces and placement of furniture so that you will pick a rug large enough so that a chair or sofa doesn't hang off the edge of the rug.
  3. Know the function of the space where you plan to place the rug. Is it a family room, dining room, sunroom or office? Will there be alot of foot traffic, pets, food, etc. You will need to assess this prior to purchasing to ensure that the carpet will be enjoyed for generations to come.
  4. Color is important. If the furniture in your room has bold colors you may want a more subtle pattern on your rug. If however your furniture is dark you can make a bold statement of color with your rug. Pay close attention to the types of textures that you will use as well to ensure that your selection is going to compliment the space. With so many colors and textures to choose from you should definitely look to your dealer for sound advise.
  5. Know your budget. It is important to set your budget with a little flexibility in order to meet the design criteria from above. Paige Albright can help you to make a wise investment while keeping your budget in mind.

TIPS

How do I remove wine stains?

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Although wool is naturally resilient because of it's lanolin you may find yourself in need of some quick advice. Please refer to our tips guide below, but if despite your best efforts your stain is still present, please feel free to give us a call at 205-877-3232 and we'll help you to discover the best solution for your carpet.

Act quickly. Do not allow the stain to dry. Using a clean, damp, white cotton cloth, blot the stain carefully. At this point only blot the stain, you should simply try to draw the wine out of the rug with the cloth. Once you have up as much wine as possible mix together the following solution:

  • 1/2 teaspoon clear dye-free, scent free, all-natural liquid dish soap
  • 2 cups barely warm ( not hot) water
  • Do not use hot water as this can open the fibers and cause the stain to set.
  • Mix the solution together vigorously so
    that the solution has plenty of suds.
  • Using mostly the suds and very little of the water begin dabbing the stain starting
    from the outer edges working in toward the center.
  • Use straight strokes never rub in a circular motion.
  • Once you have the area covered in suds let the solution sit on the area for 5 minutes.
  • Go back over the area with a clean barely damp cloth to gently remove the suds.
  • You may need to repeat this process several times to see improvement.
  • If you cannot remove the stain at this point a professional carpet cleaner should be called.

Allow the area of the rug to dry completely. Often, placing a wooden step stool, a mixing bowl, or a shoe box under
the rug will allow the rug to dry both top and bottom.

How do I remove pet stains (either variety)?

Digested foodstuffs can be particularly damaging to carpet if even the smallest amount is left in the fibers. Particular care should be taken to remove as much of the solid matter as possible. Again, be careful to scoop up the debris without pressing any of it further into the fibers. Although the same type of mixture for the urine should be used it is safer here to use a little more of the liquid in order to remove the particles , however, be careful not to soak the carpet as you can cause areas that were unaffected to become involved. Allow the area of the rug to dry completely. Often, placing a wooden step stool, a mixing bowl, or a shoe box under the rug will allow the rug to dry both top and bottom. Once the area has had sufficient time to dry a hand-held, non-brush-type vacuum can be used to pull any of the dried particles from the rug.

Urine Stains

Again, time is of the essence. You will use the identical process as you have above, however, 1/4 c of vinegar should be added to solution. This will help to protect the rugs' dyes and prevents the colors from running together. At the same time it will help neutralize the odors that are sure to be present.

More Tips:

  • Never fold your rug, only roll it.
  • Vacuum the top twice a month and the back once a month
  • Rotate your rug every 3 months to prevent it from wearing unevenly
  • Never use carpet shampoos or sprays