Some tips to recognize a quality rug and avoid scams – part 2 –


3- Consulting specialised catalogues might be very useful, but consider that if a carpet is on a catalogue this is not a quality guarantee; on the other hand, a rug might be a precious one even if it does not appear on a catalogue. Moreover, when you consult a catalogue, you must consider that the size of the carpet images are often small and can deceive the people who look at it, especially in the case of people who are not expert.

4 – There are also more or less arbitrary criteria that can help you recognising a quality carpet, like the originality of the drawing, the quality of materials and colours, the epoch and place of origin. Be aware of the fact that in case of handmade rugs coming from some oriental village, the irregularities that you might find are not a sign of bad quality, on the contrary, in some cases this is an evidence of the fact that this is a handmade product.

5 – One might think that also the number of knots is an evidence of a quality carpet, but this is not an absolute rule, since there are also carpets that have many knots but are not precious, and in the same way there are rare and precious carpets with a low knot density.

6- Sometimes the carpets that have been realised by a famous artist bear the signature of their makers, but this is not a rule, as many Muslim artists prefer to remain anonymous to observe the humility precept of their creed. Also in the case of carpet bearing a signature you must be very careful in order to avoid scams: it is not difficult, indeed, to find carpets that have been recently realised but that bear the signature of a designer that died a long time ago; it is self-evident that they are fake.

7 – When you buy a carpet, you should always ask for a certificate of guarantee with the materials, the knot density, the epoch (in case of ancient carpets) and place of origin of the carpet. The perfect certificate should also contain a clear photo of the carpet and its price (if the receipt is missing – but it should not), and should be registered in your name. In this way, if you are robbed, if your house is flooded or whatever may happen and ruin your carpet, you will have the carpet guarantee and the necessary documentation to protect yourself.

Some tips to recognize a quality rug and avoid scams – part 1 -


Carpets are precious objects, which can really give a special touch to your house. However, when it comes to carpets for sale you must be sure that it is a real high-quality object: scams in this sector are always around the corner, and if you are not expert you are likely to be cheated out or blinded by dishonest retailers. Here are some tips to avoid scams and be sure to purchase a valuable item.

1 – First of all, be suspicious of too sensational promotions. Precious and ancient carpets can cost a lot, and a big discount on a very expensive object might attract many people, but most of the times these are only a lure, i.e. fraudulent promotions that hide low quality products or not real discounts, which are only the result of an increase in the initial price.

Almost all sales are managed by organizations that deal with everything, from the choice of carpets to workforce, from advertising to permissions. All this obviously costs a lot, but the companies that organize these sales need to earn a lot quickly: this is why they choose cheap rugs, and this is why the carpet that you buy in these occasions in the end costs more than what it is really worth.

This is our advice: find a rug company that you can trust, a company that is not only your retailer, but that can turn into your benchmark and that is able to prove its ethics and reliability.

2 – Second tip: if you are planning to buy a precious and ancient carpet, the best thing to do is ask some experts (who are very rare and very often only conceited amateurs), who can guide and advise you. When you deal with very high quality objects, you can get a general idea of prices by having a look at the magazines of auction houses. However, you need to consider that the prices of auction houses are referred to ancient carpets that sometimes are not well-preserved, and that these are basic prices that are ought to rise.

The most important peculiarity of antique rugs carpets is how well they are preserved. Since it is an ancient object it is obviously not to be seen as a brand new object, but this does not mean that it can be too worn-out, restored or even painted where you can see the texture.

The restoration of carpets – part 2 –


Besides the information regarding the type of carpet, its working and the materials that have been used, the restorer and expert in carpet restoration services needs to gather also other information about the conditions of the carpet that s/he is expected to make “younger”: the condition of its structure, the presence of holes or damaged fringes and edges and so on. Once s/he has understood the extent of the damages, s/he can start restoring the carpet. Edges and fringes are certainly the features of the carpet that get damaged more easily, and the restorer has to reconstruct them following the original pattern, no matter if he is dealing with an oriental rug restoration or with the repair of another type of carpet. Time and wear and tear, as well as many other factors, can damage also the rest of the carpet, and also knots can wear out. In this case the restorer will have to reconstruct the knots following the original pattern and technique and using the same materials.

Thanks to these special techniques, which the professional restorers are expert of, your carpet will really become timeless!

One last but important tip: always ask the carpets factory for an estimate before you have the work started, but be aware that when long and difficult works are budgeted, this will be unlikely to be a true estimate, since it is not possible to know how long it will take to restore the carpet, as this kind of work is always full of surprises and uncertainties. In this case we suggest that you set an expenditure ceiling and a certain number of working hours, and in the end you will decide whether to go on or to content yourself with the achieved result.

The restoration of carpets – part 1 –


Not only buildings and paintings need restoration: also carpets need to be restored, especially if you consider that many carpets are precious and ancient objects, which must be seen as real works of art.

Restoring a carpet is not the same as sewing up the hem of a skirt or covering an old sofa: especially when we deal with antique carpets and rugs, which very often are precious objects, the restoration is a very thorough work, which must be done by a professional restorer.

When the restoration experts start working on a damaged carpet, the work they have to do is not very different from the work done by carpet makers, but we can claim that carpet repairing is even more difficult, because depending on the type of carpet the restorer will have to use a different technique, which is consistent with the original technique and materials. On the contrary, a person that knots a new carpet always uses the same technique and can choose the drawings, colours and wools that s/he prefers.

The restorers often has to struggle to find the colour of a wool that has been subjected to the effect of light for years, which has been trampled by numberless feet, and which has been dyed with colours and technique that might not exist anymore. In many cases s/he has to dye the wool itself, but most of the times it is not easy to create the same colour, and the search of the right colour must go through a number of attempts.

Since in many cases people wait long – too much – before they decide to have a carpet restored, it is often necessary to wash the carpet, not only to clean it, but also to make it beautiful and to make colours brighter. The hygienic factor is very important, and rug washing is necessary also because the restorer will then have to work only 20 cm away from a carpet that has been trampled for years. As far as the aesthetic factor is concerned, you only need to know that the conditions of a carpet before the restoration are often so bad that after it has been restored its owner finds it difficult to recognize it, as the result is really amazing. Thirdly, colours: if the carpet is dirty, it is difficult for the restorer to understand what colours have been used and to choose the right wools to use.

Spots on carpets – how to get rid of them


It is every housewife’s nightmare … the spot on the carpet! When a carpet gets dirty, especially when it is an ancient and precious one, most people do not know how to clean it, because they do not want to damage it.

When a carpet gets dirty with a soft drink, a drop of candle wax and so on, many people have two types of reaction: they are blocked and incapable to decide how to solve the problem, or do something immediately, in an instinctive way, without thinking about the type of spot. Both reactions are wrong: on the one hand it is true that in many cases you must act immediately, on the other hand it is also true that haste makes haste.

Cleaning carpets is not so easy, because no spot is the same as another one, and to each type of spot corresponds a proper treatment. If you have to remove a wax spot, for example, the ideal solution is putting some blotting paper on the spot, passing the iron on it taking care of replacing the paper with other clean paper and moving continuously the iron. In few minutes the wax will be absorbed by paper. When wax has almost completely been removed, you can remove the remains with a bit of trichloroethylene.

For other types of spots the procedure is different. If you have accidentally poured some beer, fruit juice, soft drinks, tea or wine on the carpet, or you have dirtied it with some mustard or furniture wax, or if your child or pup has wee-weed on it, you can remove carpet stain acting promptly like this: start mopping up the liquids with some blotting paper (if there are solid materials use a spoon, too) without scrubbing. Then take a clean and dry cloth and follow this procedure: apply some neutral cleanser diluted with water (always starting from outside and going to the center of the spot), and mop up dabbing at it. In the end you can clean it with a bit of water, but not too much: the carpet cannot get soaked! Thus it is better to dab at it with a cloth or a towel (or something than can absorb liquids). Finish your work “combing” it with a brush respecting the direction of the pile of the carpet in order to avoid light and shade effects.

The procedure is similar also for all the other types of spots. However, since there are numberless materials and types of carpets, we heartily recommend that you are not too enterprising, in order to avoid damaging your carpet irreversibly. The best thing to do is having the carpets cleaned by a specialized rug cleaning company, which knows carpets, is able to give you the best advice on what to do and obviously takes on the responsibility of that.

Removing spots from a carpet is not impossible, but care and promptness are essential. Following some simple tips your carpets will always be beautiful and clean!

How to choose the right carpet?


When you buy a carpet in most cases you already have in mind where to place it, in fact in most cases you purchase the carpet for a particular purpose, which is closely tied to its location inside a house and a room and which enriches the style modern rugs, classical or any other style covered.

The first thing to do is to properly evaluate the ideal size and see the extent to which margins can stay in the area that is targeted, it would be entirely useless to find the rug like that with wrong measures.
Buying design rug so it must be a conscious decision which will determine the various details relating to ‘use and placement. If the carpet will be placed under a table and chairs should be taken into account to be able to bear the weight without breaking, but if it is a particular object to decorate living rooms or visits to the choice aesthetically beautiful products will target and with an efficient carpet cleaning service and able to give a particular style in which the collection will complement. It is also important to evaluate the harmony that you must come to create, especially when it comes to very large environments, to give that air of sophistication and style that only a door mat as a gift.

Many precautions should also be taken into account when choosing the carpet shall wing: its decoration, for example. If a carpet has a central medallion as decoration, as tradition dictates, forces available to a particular well of the surrounding furniture must be arranged in a symmetrical manner so as not to conflict. A carpet with a pattern that sweeps across the surface of leaves but also more freedom in design and in the coordination of curtains and wallpaper.

Another key element that influences the choice of carpet is then use that and should do: If the carpet will be placed in a position to be trampled very important to be very robust and durable and allows vacuum cleaning products and parts without ruining while a carpet that is expected to be little used and may have walked the grounds and sought more details, materials and less robust but more valuable.

For the restoration of your carpet ask an expert!


Have you noticed that the carpet that embellishes your living room is damaged, worn out or has some holes? No worries, if you act immediately and ask an expert of carpets and restoration, you can solve the problem, and you will be proud of your carpet again.

First rule: ask only a reliable professional. A handmade carpet is a valuable and delicate object, and the rug repair techniques are not very different from the carpet manufacture techniques. This is why you should entrust your carpet to someone that really knows the world of carpets, the carpet manufacture and all that is necessary to make your carpet beautiful again. If you do not choose the right person, your hand made wool rug might be repaired in a slapdash way, with a sewing machine or even using patches. The most important suggestion as far as tapestry or carpet restoration is concerned is putting yourself in the hands of an expert.

But how does a professional carpet restorer work? As mentioned above, the carpet restoration techniques are similar to the carpet manufacture techniques. This means that if the carpet to be repaired has a hole, to solve the problem the restorer will have to reconstruct the texture of the carpet with its vertical warp and horizontal weft, respecting of course the original drawing and using the same materials. If the fringes are damaged, the professional restorer will have to reconstruct them, as well as in the case of worn out or torn out bordures. If the knots of the carpet are worn out because of the rubbing of chairs, tables and other pieces of furniture, the restorer will repair the rug damage creating new knots after choosing the right materials with care.

The restorer is not only a carpet expert, it is also a person with a passion for these wonderful objects, and thanks to his ability and care your damaged carpet will become more beautiful than ever!

Restoration to give new life to an ancient carpet or tapestry


Very often carpets and tapestries are ancient and precious objects: this is why they need to be restored in order to maintain their beauty.

Since they are delicate and precious objects, rugs and tapestries need to be restored carefully by a professional restorer specialized in ancient tapestry and rug services. In order to make a good restoration and reconstruct the knots of a carpet, it is necessary to choose the wool with care and to match colours, so that the product remains as similar as possible as how it used to be. Moreover, there are other features that you need to pay attention to, like borders, which often appear to be worn out; in the end, you need to trim the carpet, so that there are no differences with the original knots.

As far as rug restoration is concerned, the first step is observing, which is necessary to understand how serious the damages are and to decide what to do. Then professionals make a real analysis, paying attention to the state of materials, to assess their deterioration. Once this analysis is done, they can start the restoration works, using special tools and techniques. Professional carpet and tapestry restorers are experts that have attended specific courses or learnt through experience all the necessary secrets to give new life to an object that can wear out with the passing of time.

A suggestion that we can give, as soon as you notice that your carpets and woven tapestries are worn out or damaged, is solving the problem immediately, consulting these excellent professionals, to avoid that the damage becomes more serious and avoiding also to try and solve the problem by your own, risking to compromise a precious object like this forever.

Curiosity from the world of rugs: the world’s largest carpet


The carpet is a very important piece of furniture, that define the personality and taste of who inhabits the house, but in many cases it may also be a distinction, a definition of social status. Many are in fact the “famous” carpets for its importance and taste so much that they have become veritable luxury items. Surely the most important carpets are the classic rugs and the more expensive are by the way the rugs which came from Arab world such as Pakistan, Iran.. those have behind them a long tradition of hand working and fine craftsmanship. These carpets have become along the time decoration very appreciated all over the world such as tapestries on the wall.

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Throughout history there are many examples of this type of carpets but one of the most curious and emblematic case of the world of handmade oriental rugs is certainly which that concerns the production house Iran Iran Carpet Company. In fact the Sultan Qaboos of Oman ordered to this company a special rug in 1996, for the decoration of the Great Mosque in Muscat. This carpet become the world’s largest carpet, a work of art of inestimable value both for greatness and for processing.

The object, large 4434 square meters or 60.90 to 70.50 meters, for its realization forced the Iran Carpet Company to adopt special frames for tying knots, never had been manufactured rugs of this size, and special means for transporting the same, because not only the dimensions were outstanding but also the weight 22 tons went well beyond the standards used for tapestries and carpets.

Also very elaborate was the decoration chosen for its implementation. A central medallion, which was inspired by the dome of the mosque in Isfahan, which has seen its realization for the impressive work of 500 experts weavers in tapestries and textiles who worked in shifts to minimize the completion time. Work of gigantic proportions, therefore, has seen its completion in May 2001 with the opening of the mosque to the public.

The carpet: a very ancient object


Carpets are very ancient objects, and they have been known and used for hundreds of years.

The history of oriental antique rugs began a long time ago, and although not many ancient exemplars have survived, also due to the perishability of the materials they were made with, we still have some important evidences that permit us to trace the history of the carpet. The most ancient exemplar that still exist is now preserved in the State Hermitage Museum of Saint Petersburg: the Pazyryk carpet, which is supposed to come back to 2500 years ago. The carpet, which was found in 1949 in the Pazyryk valley, in Southern Siberia, was in the burial mound of a Shiite leader, and is supposed to come from Susa, in Persia – it has, indeed, a typical Persian decoration – .

Although only a few ancient carpets have survived till nowadays, there are many other evidences that can tell you the history of carpets. This is the case, for example, of the works of historians, poets and artists, which tell us that the carpet was part of the daily life of the past: like nowadays, even in the past people used decorative rugs to make rooms warmer and nicer. Even Homer, just to make an example, spoke about carpets in the 9th century B.C., and in many paintings of the 14th and of the 15th century you can see carpets, which means that at that time people used to import carpets from the East.

Although the most ancient carpets that have been found were realised in eastern countries, the tradition of weaving carpets developed in Europe, too, although it did so later on. In the 13th century, indeed, Spain became an important centre for the production of carpets, which were exported also abroad, while in the 17th century it was France that became famous in this business: in the Louvre workshops, indeed, beautiful exemplars inspired to French landscape paintings were realized.

In conclusion, carpets are ancient objects that belong to the history and culture of many peoples and countries; but even after so many years these ancient objects – be they modern or antique rugs – have not lost the capacity to enhance any room and home.