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Oriental Rug Cleaning
Posted on 16 January 2014

This winter, the UK has had some of the worst weather that it has seen in years; beginning in late October with the St Jude storm and continuing on and off all the way through until early January. High winds and heavy rain have wreaked havoc on our roads, forests, homes and coastlines, houses have fallen into the sea and over 10,000 people were without power on Christmas day. With this awful weather, thousands of homes up and down the country have been flooded, with many people still in hotels or staying with family or friends waiting... Read More

Arash's Talks: The Edenbridge Galleries, Kent.
Posted on 09 January 2014

Last year, Arash gave a number of illustrated talks to small crowds of rug and antique enthusiasts. One of these illustrated talks was at The Edenbridge Galleries, in Edenbridge, Kent, where we also have one of our showrooms. The talk was about the history of Oriental rugs, where the designs came from and what can be interpreted from the designs of the rugs. As always, he took several rugs with him to help show the audience what he was talking about. They are free to look at and touch the rugs, as well as ask a... Read More

Antique and Oriental Rug Cleaning and Restoration
Posted on 06 January 2014

Rugs and carpets are surprisingly robust and can last for a very long time providing that they are appropriately cared for. A rug should be cleaned every two to three years depending on how much foot traffic it is exposed to, or perhaps more regularly than that if the volume of traffic is exceptionally high. Most handwoven rugs are made from cotton and wool, although they can also be made entirely of wool or even pure silk. Silk rugs have a lustrous quality and really stand out, and silk highlights in a woo... Read More

Persian Nain Rugs
Posted on 02 January 2014

Nain is a small village in central Iran, only 150 miles away from Isfahan and near the western edge of the Dasht-e Kavir desert. It has a hot and dry desert climate, like much of the Iranian plateau around it, with a population of approximately 25,000 people. Nain rugs are some of the most expensive and sought after rugs in the world, they are often grandiose and elaborate, and can be over 25ft long. They are well known for their use of silk and ornate designs. The town of Nain is fairly new to the carpet-weaving industry, especially com... Read More

Maintaining Antique Rugs
Posted on 24 December 2013

Rugs can last hundreds of years with correct care and maintenance, and it is important that these works of art are looked after. There are many different types of damage, from foot traffic wear that occurs over time, rough vacuuming, moth damage to burns or floods. Damage should be repaired as soon as you notice it to prevent it from getting worse and ruining your rug. To prevent damage your rug you should check it regularly for moths (See our blog post here to find out more about Moth Damage). Always look at the underside of the ... Read More

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