An Ode To Oriental Rugs

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The vintage Orientals still had deep reds next to faded shades of crimson. Old books on this classic style of rugs describe how, long ago, the men of the family sheared the wool from their own lambs and the women then wove rugs, with designs inspired by their family traditions.

Oriental rugs have a distinct feature that most others don’t. The part of the rug we walk on, the pile, is actually tied to the rug’s foundation layer. Some say this is the reason that Oriental rugs last far longer than other rugs that are either glued to the foundation layer or simply passed through that bottom layer. The pile on Oriental rugs lasts until the bottom layer wears through. Traditionally, weavers tie and knot pre-dyed pieces of yarn onto the foundation of Oriental rugs and the pile created by these knots is actually the two ends of the knotted yarn.

Traditionally, rug made in and from Morocco across North Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, northern India, northern China, Tibet, Turkey, Iran, India and Pakistan have all been designated fallen within the category of “Oriental” rugs.

Whatever your taste or style, Oriental rugs are bound to catch your eye with their endless variations of colors, textures and patterns.


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