How To Maintain The Life And Beauty Of Silk Rugs

Silk rugs are considered to be the most expensive type of rugs available and sold in the market. The reason for this is because the material itself. Silk rugs do not come by easy as they are not easy to make. They are delicate and more difficult to fashion into a rug. In addition, it is the most labor-intensive rug to manufacture. It requires more knots and also requires a more detailed design. Because of this, silk rugs come as the most expensive. With this in mind, you should know how to take care of silk rugs to make sure that its beauty is preserved and that it lasts for several lifetimes.

Location

Silk, unlike wool and cotton, is made of protein like human hair. Because of this, silk rugs can be damaged easily. For this reason, you have to make sure that your silk rug is placed in an area that does not have high foot traffic. This will preserve the longevity of the fiber and prevents abrasion. However, if your rug is placed in a high foot traffic area, you should see to it that your rug is rotated regularly. This will make sure that each side wears at the same rate. It is also a good idea to place your silk rug away from direct sunlight as it can make the color dyes to fade.

Stains and Spills

Before you grab your cleaning materials to remove a stain from your rug, it is essential that you determine whether the rug is made of 100% silk or not. A silk rug combined with wool is more resistant and durable to stain. If you apply water on a silk-and-wool rug, you will notice water beads on it. Wool is naturally resistant to water, that is why water beads will form on a wool rug. In addressing stains and spills, you should first make sure that your rug is colorfast. Silk rugs from China are made with vegetable-based dyes. This makes this rug extra delicate and not colorfast. If your rug bleeds with water, is it more ideal that you contact the professionals to have this cleaned to avoid further damage. If your rug is colorfast, then you can clean it yourself. You can make a mix of club soda and water (50/50 mixture) to clean a stain or spill.

Regular Cleaning

Silk rugs should not be steamed cleaned or dry cleaned. Both processes have the tendency to wear away the threads of a silk rug. They can also make the color of the rug to fade. When vacuuming  your silk rug, it is recommended that you use a non-rotating and non-brush vacuum cleaner. Without a vacuum cleaner, you can simply give the rug a shake and a gentle beating to detach the dirt that have settled on the rug.

Preventive measures are always better when it comes to taking care of any types of rugs. You just have to make sure that your silk rug is away from direct sunlight and is safe from tear. When spills and stains happen, it is a must that you try other non-harmful methods first before you resort to any chemical cleaning. However, to properly clean and maintain your silk rugs, it is not a bad idea to consult with the professionals as they have the tools and skills to make sure the beauty and quality of silk rugs are maintained.

Persian Rugs: 3 Most Famous Types

Persian rugs are an integral part of Iran’s culture and art. In fact, the rug is named after the previous name of their country, which was Persia. In 15th and 16th century, Persian rug weaving was on its peak. Since then, Persian carpets and rugs had made their marks in the Persian art and culture. Because of its popularity, the number of weavers in Iran has gone up to 1.2 million. They produce rugs and carpets for domestic use and international exports. Persian rug export is actually considered as the most non-oil product that is exported to more than 100 countries all over the world. Because of this, different communities in Iran have been producing this type of rugs to meet the demand.

There are different types of Persian rugs that are being sold in the market today. However, the three most popular rugs are Shiraz rugs, Tabriz rugs, and Ishafan rugs. This article will help you distinguish each type of rug. This will hopefully help you the next time you set out for a new Persian rug for your home.

Shiraz Persian Rugs

As the name suggests, this type of rug is produced near the city of Shiraz in Iran. This type of rug is most popular with the asymmetrical manner that it is being knotted. This means that you may see them as a not-so-finely knotted rug. Just like other Persian rugs, Shiraz rugs are made by hand. Once they are completed, they are directly sold in the market from the homes of the weavers. They can be seen in simple geometric designs, which oftentimes come with a pole ornament found in the center. They come mostly in red and brown colors. The most common motif with Shiraz rugs is the diamond pastilles. You will also see pine leaves and palm designs at the border of these rugs. These rugs are made to symbolize nightingales, which are believed to be a symbol of happiness and serenity.

Tabriz Persian Rugs

Tabriz Persian rugs are also known with the name Azerbaijan rugs. This is because this rug comes from the capital city of East Azerbaijan, which is Tabriz. This type of rug is commonly seen to have a medallion shape design, pictorial designs, Herati designs, and 3-D shapes. The colors of red and blue are most commonly seen in Tabriz rugs. They are also accented with the Ivory color. In contemporary rug production, these rugs can also be seen containing the colors brown, green, and blue, but are used sparingly. Considered as the most beautiful rug in the world, Tabriz rugs have played an important role in the Persian culture and art. If you happen to own a Tabriz rug, then you are in luck as this type of rug is the most popular and probably the most expensive one out there. This will surely last a lifetime as it is made with great quality wool and cotton.

Ishafan Persian Rugs

Ishafan is another city in Iran that is popular for the rugs that it produces. This type of rug is the most in-demand in western culture and countries. They are hand woven, which come in the colors of blue, rose, and indigo accented with an ivory background. Unlike Shiraz rugs, this type of rug is made in a symmetrical pattern. You will see a single medallion surrounded by vines and palmettos all over the rug. If you want balance, this will be the perfect rug for you. Just like the other two rugs, these are also made to last several lifetimes. Most of these rugs are made of wool, and sometimes silk.

Handmade Rugs: How To Check Them

handmade rugs

Rug production has been made easy in the modern times. Machines have been built to make the creation of things faster. The same is true when it comes to rug production. In the naked eye, every thing looks the same. However, a closer look would reveal whether a rug is handmade or not. Here are the things to look for to determine whether an oriental rug or any rug, is handmade or machine made:

Weaving at the Back. When checking whether a rug is handmade or not, you can start by checking its back. Look for weft threads, which can come in blue, red or white. Check whether these threads are horizontally woven. This can go all the way from the backside to the front side of the rug. It is also important to note that these wefts may not look even or straight as it is made by hand and not a machine.

Uneven Colored Knots. While you are checking the back of the rug for wefts, you may also check whether the colored knots under are uneven. This is a testament that the rug is made by hand. A machine made rug will show evenness and uniformed colored knots. For handmade rugs, some areas may be thicker and some areas can be thinner.

Check the Front. After checking the backside of the rug for wefts and unevenness, it is time for you to check the front part. Check its design. Again, check for unevenness. For handmade rugs, it is very rare to see the same size and shape of designs from end to end. This is especially true in older or vintage Oriental rugs.

Stripes. Still checking the front side of the rug, thin and thick stripes of color on the rug is good. There is uneven thinness or thickness of the color because they age differently in different atmosphere condition and lighting. In addition, the different in color is also due to the change in dye lot when the weaving process is being done. This change in color, known as “abrash”, should not diminish the value of the rug. In fact, it is a sign of its authenticity.

Tag. Some rugs, if you check the backside, would have tags stitched on it. If the tag says “Made In Iran”, then you have found a jackpot. Rugs made in Iran are surely made by hand. This is because they like tradition, and will most likely make rugs through the same tradition as years go by.

Wool Pile. If the rug you are checking is piled with polyester or nylon, then it is made the modern way. However, if you see a wool pile on it, then that rug you are checking is made by hand. Rugs made by hand are almost 100% woven with wool.

The one thing that you should always remember when shopping for rugs is unevenness. All you have to remember is that uneven is good. Uniform weaving on the backside of the rug is not good. At first glance, you will be able to determine whether a rug is handmade or not by checking its color, shape, and design. If it is uneven, then you have found a rug that is worth your money.