How sad to hear about the rising number of people affected by the coronavirus around the globe, especially in our own country, however every negative event has its positives. We reckon that the whole coronavirus outbreak will benefit towards raising the hygiene standards across the average household. Hopefully these high standards will remain as high long after the coronavirus pandemic.
Simple hygiene rules:
1. Wash hands regularly throughout the day.
2. Wash clothes on a regular basis.
3. Wash bed linen once a week or less.
4. Air your property morning and evening to let fresh air in, sunlight is good too.
5. Deep clean and then wipe inanimate surfaces: door handles, toilet seats, worktops, tv remotes, mobile phone etc with antibacterial wipes.
6. Steam clean carpets, curtains and soft furnishings. For oriental rugs we disinfect the rug during and after the cleaning process.
There are number of chemicals may be able to destroy the Coronavirus, however, the efficacy tests are done in controlled, clinical environments meaning that the real world application may not achieve the same results.
It is important to understand that most antimicrobial chemicals (disinfectants) are not going to achieve the desired results when applied to soiled surfaces, carpets, rugs, soft furnishings, curtains, inanimate surfaces etc.
We advise proper cleaning of surfaces, like washing hands, which offers more protection than application of hand sanitizer as it actually removes the contamination rather than trying to “kill” or “destroy” it.
Even surfaces that appear visibly clean must be cleaned thoroughly prior to application of disinfectants.
Keep your homes and offices clean is our advice to you!
Please refer to your state and the government approved websites. (CDC.GOV)
If kept free of dust and placed where they will not get heavy wear, antique carpets and rugs can stand normal everyday use.
Whether hung against a wall or on the floor, always keep carpets and rugs on a flat, clean, dry surface. Floor carpets need an underlay – with a slightly tacky surface to reduce slip – cut to fit their size exactly. Never nail or glue the carpet to anything. Place antique floor carpets wisely, preferably where they will get the least wear. Rubber pads or wooden cups will relieve the localized pressure of furniture feet. Move carpets around occasionally, so that any wear distributes evenly.
Displaying Antique Carpets:
Only wall-hang delicate or rare pieces, lengthways so that the warp takes the weight. Small pieces can be mounted by a specialist framer onto a linen backing and fitted into a wooden stretcher. Then box-mounted with a Perspex window for further protection. For larger textiles, stitch wide Velcro tape along the top on the reverse side. Take care to sew between the carpet threads, not through them. Staple the receiving Velcro strip to a wooden batten fixed to the wall. Heavy textiles may need additional support tapes running vertically down the back to help spread the weight. Dyes fade in intense light. Use cool-beam, fibre optic, or low-wattage incandescent lights for any highlighting effect. Draw curtains when not using a room during the day.
Never allow dust to build up in carpets, as it has a sandpaper effect on the fibers.
Beyond removing dust, leave major cleaning to a conservator. Don’t use proprietary cleaners on antique pieces, as they can have a clogging effect. If a carpet is tough enough to be in use, it will benefit from regular vacuuming. Go in the direction of the pile, and vacuum the back and the floor beneath about every 6 months.
For a fragile or wall-hung piece, it may be sufficient to shake out loose dirt regularly, or to use a low-suction setting or fitting on the vacuum cleaner and fix a fine-meshed net or stocking over the nozzle with an elastic band. Clean both back and front every 6 months – if possible do this during the summer months when moths are breeding.
Treat accidental spills immediately: soak up surplus liquid with a plain white paper towel, or a clean color fast tea towel. Sprinkle table salt liberally over the stain to draw out remaining moisture, and vacuum when dry. A good dousing in soda water which is then soaked up with clean towels is effective for urine and other light stains. Soak old stains with a solution of two tablespoons of salt to a pint of water – but beware: salt can have a bleaching effect. A carpet made after around 1870 may contain synthetic aniline dyes, which were of variable fastness when first introduced, so do a spot test.
Gently lift wax off with a fingernail. The remainder can be absorbed into white blotting paper pressed on a with a lukewarm iron. Remove chewing gum by pressing with ice cubes in a plastic bag to chill and harden it, then try easing it off gently with your fingernail. If any of the above methods do not work easily, a stain should be left until it can be treated by a conservator.
For long-term storage choose a cool, dark, dry, and well-ventilated place. Folding causes creases and uneven wear, so roll the rug, right side out, around an acid-free cardboard or inert plastic tube (a plastic drainpipe is ideal) of as wide a diameter as possible. Roll in the direction of the pile, from the top of the carpet – the pile moves smoothly away from the top like a cat’s fur when stroked in the right direction – or with a tapestry-weave, in the direction of the warp. Smooth out as you roll and interleave with acid-free tissue. Finally, tie a dust proof sheet around the roll and store it horizontally – never vertically, as this distributes the weight unevenly.
Fraying, holes, burns or other damage to antique carpets or tapestries must be repaired by a specialist. Expert repairs involve exact matching of dyes, threads and knots, and possibly inserting a patch or reinforcing the warp and weft.
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Located in central Iran, Isfahan is regarded as being Iran’s most beautiful city.
For centuries Isfahan has been a culturally important centre for the arts and crafts, and as a result is the source of some of the finest rugs produced. Isfahan Rugs are amongst the most prestigious of Iran’s handmade rugs.
Shah Abbas was the first Persian ruler to exchange embassies with a western nation, and it was through this contact that Persian rugs first reached Europe, thus Isfahans were the first Persian rugs to arrive in Europe. Indeed an interesting group of carpets that fall under this category are the Polonaise carpets; a number of these pieces bore Polish coats-of-arms and it is likely that these carpets were given by Persian Ambassadors, or were woven to order by powerful families.
Isfahan is now without a doubt the most beautiful city in Iran.
Isfahan produces some of the most esteemed oriental carpets.
The weave of Isfahan Rugs can vary greatly, but can reach 700 knots per square inch.
These carpets are woven on a vertical loom employing the Persian (asymmetrical) knot on a double-weft construction. The pile is wool; and key elements of the design are often outlined with silk tracery.
The use of silk warps is common in modern examples, and this allows for even finer knotting.
These are woven in elaborate floral designs; favoured designs are the medallion style, the all-over design (i.e. no medallion), and asymmetrical/mihrab format.
Grand Rapids Showroom with a new selection of Masterpieces - Tabriz Pournami
Other masterpieces folded
Some silk and wool, while some classics with all wool not forgetting the wide selection of silks, and Persian rugs from all the regions in Persia.
With the cold weather closing in, it might be tempting to crank up the thermostat. However, with the average annual US energy bill costing home owners a lot, you might want to reconsider having your radiators on full blast this winter.
With energy costs hitting the country hard, we put together a list of low cost solutions to keep your house warm on a budget.
Don’t leave your floors bare
Bare floor boards might be back in fashion but your feet probably won’t thank you for this interior trend come winter. Floors account for 10% of a house heat loss if they aren’t insulated properly.
Investing in a rug for winter to cover your floor boards is an inexpensive way to trap heat in and create a warmer surface to help keep those toes toasty.
Tackle those drafts
Whether the chilly breeze is coming from a ventilation unit, gaps in the windowsill or an old fireplace, it is important to block up these gaps to keep warm air in and the cold air out.
There are many draft excluders on the market but an old blanket pushed in the right places provides a cheaper, makeshift solution.
If you are dressed more appropriately for the summer sun than the cold winter weather, you only have yourself to blame if you spend your nights shivering. Layer up with a jumper, warm socks and bottoms which cover your legs.
Use your heaters effectively
If you need to turn on your heaters, make sure that you are using your heating effectively. Move any obstructions away from the heater to make sure that you aren’t stopping the heat getting to the whole room.
Lining the wall behind the radiator with tinfoil will stop heat seeping through the wall, reflecting it back into the room.
Don’t heat unused rooms
Leaving the heating on in empty cellars or a spare bedrooms is an expensive waste of energy. Before turning up the thermostat, check every room, turning off any radiators in areas of the house not in use.
Rugs add warmth and are inviting to enjoy.
Genuine hand-knotted Oriental and Persian rugs are extra durable and can last a full life time and more, provided you know how to take care of them.
Let us look at the Moth issues.
What causes severe damage is when the female moth lay their eggs (many), which hatch into larvae and consume silk fibers, wool, feather, and fur. Their ideal environment where they thrive in is anywhere warm, dark and quiet. The parts of the rug that receive the less foot traffic and are less vacuumed is a moth paradise. How to know if your rug is being infested by moths? You will notice sand-like debris along with a cobweb-like veil in the damaged area.
Now, to be able to identify the presence of moths, here are some signs to help you.
Basics to prevent moth damage
Vacuum your rug every other week. The back side of the rug should also be vacuumed several times a year.
If you cannot handle the rug because of its size, flip its ends over and vacuum at least a couple of feet in along the borders of its back side (remember to do the same with the floor and pad, as well).
Keep the A/C on, a hot humid room attracts moths quickly.
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1. Materials and fixed costs when making a carpet
An essential factor in determining the price of a carpet are the fixed costs of making a carpet. This applies first of all to the materials and the special tools being used. There is a great variation in the required raw materials, such as the quality of the wool. The same applies to the dyes, whose quality is not usually known until after the carpet has been subject to decades of use. That is why it is worthwhile to have the highest quality requirements when manufacturing a carpet, and to accept the higher prices. Also, labour costs can vary greatly, depending on how much experience and expertise the carpet-making artists have.
2. Knot density and carpet size
The number of knots in a carpet is one of the biggest determining factors when it comes to the amount of work required to make a carpet. The more knots there are per square inch, the more work required. Of course, this also depends on the size of the carpet. In view of the fact that a carpet knotter ties an average of 30,000 to 5,000 knots daily.
3. Origin and age of the carpet
Thanks to the knowledge we have about a carpet’s origins, we can draw conclusions on the techniques and workmanship used to make the carpet. When it comes to knots, there is a difference between Persian and Turkish knots, and depending on the region and the traditions, different techniques are used. Every region has acquired experience over generations and further developed and refined its techniques.
When classifying the age of a carpet, there are four broad categories:
The origin of a carpet is a significant factor in determining a carpet’s value, whereby the age of a carpet does not necessarily affect its price. The condition the carpet is in also plays a significant role.
4. Patterns and colors and their cultural significance
Not only the origin of a carpet can tell us a lot about a carpet – the order of the patterns and the use of colors can also be used as an identifying feature, depending on how the color is applied and combined. These are usually linked with values and traditions that distinguish the carpet as an unusual item of cultural heritage.
5. The aesthetic value of a carpet
One might disagree on matters of taste – and naturally, it’s hard to capture the aesthetic value of a carpet in numbers. After all, taste is subjective. However, or maybe because of this, the aesthetic value is often the biggest factor in determining the value of a carpet.
USING A RUG PAD
Pads are strongly recommended for these below reasons:
We recommend purchasing a rug pad as close to the size of your rug as possible. Ideally, when buying a thinner rug pad, the rug pad should be 1" shorter from all sides or 1,5", if you require a thicker rug pad.
TYPES OF RUG PADS
When looking for a rug pad for your home, it’s important to consider the thickness of the rug that the pad will be placed under, as this will ensure that your rug does not become a tripping hazard. However, another thing to consider is the material that the rug pad is made of. This is because some materials offer different benefits than others.
The strongest and best performing felt pad is a dense, non-woven, needle-punched, solution-dyed, hypo-allergenic (no plant or animal fibers) felt made of 100% synthetic fiber. This type of padding does not aggravate allergies, does not break down chemically, resists mildew and rot and insulates against cold floors while providing maximum structural protection to your area rugs. You can’t rip this pad apart or punch through it. It lasts at least 10 years while continuously controlling and protecting your rugs.
Felt pads are especially popular to use with Oriental area rugs surch as Persian rug. They provide a luxurious cushioned feeling underfoot and offer thermal- and sound-insulation benefits.
However, despite providing protection for both the floor and rug, felt rug pads do not altogether prevent unwanted movement. To compensate and bring together the best of both worlds, many manufacturers combine felt and rubber in one pad. The rubber creates the nonslip benefit not present in felt alone.
100% Natural RUBBER
These rug pads are made entirely of natural rubber. This rug pad is ideal for situations where you want a nonskid pad but have limited height clearance, such as for a door-swing area. However, the thinness of this pad means it doesn’t offer insulation or cushioning.
For people who have allergies to latex products, a wool rug pad is a good alternative. It’s a biodegradable, renewable, sustainable resource. Wool is also inherently flame retardant and thermally and acoustically insulating. However, wool may pose a problem for people with airborne allergies.
We recommend avoiding any kind of cheap PVC rug pads as the quality is many times hard to determine and use of this kind of rug pads may result in discoloration, staining of your floor finish or even falling apart.
RUG PADS SUITABLE FOR ORIENTAL PERSIAN RUGS
For area rugs such as our Persian rugs, we highly recommend a purchase of non woven, needle-punched felt pads. These are hypo-allergenic, acts as a shock absorber and will prevent premature wear in heavy traffic areas (extend the life of your rug) as well as provide a comfortable cushioned feel.
Yes, that's right: the new hot trend in wedding décor involves colorful, Persian rugs (how much fun, right!?).
This design idea is especially popular with out of the box brides and anyone looking to create a casual, relaxed environment.
Well I personally think this can be used in any environment outdoor and indoor, an ideal rug present from the groom to the bride or vice-versa. How about a present from the parents, these rugs last way more than a lifetime. (They can be cleaned and restored getting the life of the rug back in no time) and to top it, your children could use the same rug for their wedding, how nice is that.
Persian rugs add all the required color to a required space, especially when combined to make an aisle runner.
We especially love the muted tones used at this wedding because they add warmth to the surrounding environment perfectly.
As we see more of the black in the dress v/s the color