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Hand Knotted Versus Hand Tufted
End of the Heatwave?
Oriental rugs as investments.
Antique rugs
Sun is the enemy of textiles!


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Hand Knotted Versus Hand Tufted

There seems to be some confusion regarding hand made rugs; what's the difference betweenhand knottedand
hand tufted? For hand knotted rugs the warp is first woven, and then wool (or silk) pile threads are knotted onto
the vertical warp threads. 
The price of the rug depends on the number of knots due to the time taken.
For hand tufted rugs the wool is fired into a backing fabric by means of a hand held gun. When the design is 
complete, another cloth is glued to the back of the rug, which secures the wool and hides the ends.

End of the Heatwave?

Perhaps we can get back to thinking about textiles now that the too hot weather seems to be over. Wool is not the first choice of fabric in a heatwave, not even if you, like me, love woollen rugs! In the past five weeks the thought
of walking on marble floors has seemed enticing. However, before we know it, Autumn will be upon us, and a warm
and welcoming house will be desirable once more. A beautiful rug can really make your living room complete.

Oriental rugs as investments.

Unlike any machine made rug, a good hand made Oriental rug will prove to be an excellent investment, providing
good care is taken of it. Obviously one should never buy anything purely in the hope that it will appreciate in value, 
but should the time come when you fancy a change, selling should not leave you too much out of pocket, and may 
even provide a profit, should a reasonable time have elapsed, as rug prices are constantly on the rise. So, compared
to a fitted carpet, which has no resale value, or a machine made one, however attractive,  which will be devalued

Antique rugs

It may seem surprising that old rugs can be vastly more expensive than new ones; after all they are bound
to show signs of wear - with the pile worn down to the knots in some cases. As with antique furniture, so 
with rugs. A modern version of either will still be hand made, assuming we are talking about items of great quality. It pretty much boils down to what is perceived to be a a copy of earlier designs. Add to that an acquired patina from usage, and maybe the greater subtlety of colours.

Sun is the enemy of textiles!

Preserving your Textiles

Do as the Georgians and Victorians did, and protect your precious rugs (and upholstery) from the sun.
During the day keep your blinds down and if they are Venetians, with the slats angling the sun away. 
Much as we like to see a blue sky and sunshine, unfortunately the sun's rays can not only fade the colours, 
but actually rot the fibres. Silk is especially susceptible. 
Of all the colours, blue is the most transient.

Rugs as Art.

            I get as much joy from looking at a beautiful rug as I do from looking at pictures, ceramics or sculptures.                                                              
                                                                     I'm talking about hand made rugs of course.

Orange is the new taupe?

I'm glad to see thatColouris coming back into our homes. Obviously Oriental rugs tend to
be colourful, and of course beautiful! This Afghan Chobi/Ziegler is a gorgeous tawny
marmalade colour. 
 Many Persian rugs are indeed red and blue, but Zieglers
 although following traditional designs, are in more subdued   colours, to suit the European market.

 I stock a wide variety of rugs, some subtle, some vivid,   but in my opinion all are beautiful, it just depends where you are going to place them.

Tripping hazards?

Moroccan Beni Ourain rugs are all the rage at the moment. Every interior design spread features them. Why? Because 
they are monochrome, usually off white with a sparse and simple design in black, which fits well in today's interiors. 
However I shall not be stocking them as they have a very loose construction which means that they ruck up, and I for
one would hate to add to the various tripping hazards in the home!


So, everyone now is a curator?  In as much as I personally choose each item I stock, and cherish them, I hope my
shop is not an exhibition!  However much I love these things, they are all for sale...The same cannot be said of a museum or art gallery. Still I suppose it sounds grander than "shop keeper".


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