Large Persian rugs, Oriental rugs and Indian rugs are ideal for use in spacious rooms within the home, providing character, warmth and style. We define large rugs by rugs that are between 9 ft and 13ft long.
The colour grey was derived either from the natural colour of the wool or from walnut shells or gallnuts. Traditional Persian rugs, Oriental rugs and Indian rugs with shades of grey create a calm and neutral tone. It is a colour that looks fantastic against wooden floor, bringing out all the tones in the wood.
During the making of the rug, the craftsman will decide the length of the pile, the fibres that make up the rug. The length of the pile material determines the thickness of the rug, so the thicker the rug, the longer the pile material. Different craftsmen will have their own preferences, but there is no doubt that a thicker pile delivers a much warmer feeling to your feet. Thicknesses can range from 0.5cm right up to 2cm (nearly an inch thick).
Kashan is city of the Isfahan province. Interestingly, The Safavid kings, who ruled during one of the most significant periods in Persian history in the 16th-18th century, used Kashan as a place for taking their summer holidays. Baghe e fin (roughly translated as the garden of Fin – Fin being a village near) is one of the most famous gardens in Persia, and one likes to imagine the great kings of the past taking a stroll around them during their vacation. The garden of Fin inspires some of the designs and patterns on Kashan rugs, made up normally of patterns of medallions inter-wined and repeated all over the surface of these Persian rugs. The colours that are used in Kashan rugs are normally red, navy blue, beige and green. The knot density of Kashan rugs, a traditional measure for quality of handmade Persian carpets and handmade Persian rugs, ranges from 90 knots per square inch (KPSI) on the low end to 220 knots per square inch (KPSI) on the high end. Kashan Persian rugs normally have a pile, determined by the density and the length of the carpet fibres that are used to weave these Persian rugs, of wool or silk that is not often used within the pile. The use of silk within Kashan rugs follows into the foundation, the strong threads that make up the base of Persian carpets, which is normally made up of silk or cotton.
Knots are an important indicator of rug quality. Most weaves are measured simply by counting the number of knots per linear inch along the warp (i.e., along the length of the rug) and the number of knots per linear inch along the weft (across the width of the rug) and multiplying to get the number of knots per square inch. The higher the knots per square inch (or KPSI) the higher the quality and durability of the rug, but the more hours put into its creation and so the higher the price.
Wool is the most common material used in traditional Persian rugs. Sheep living in cold Iranian mountain ranges create fine wool with longer fibres than wool from warmer climates, making it an ideal material for rugs. The wool is dyed, spun and then woven. Wool is easy to dye; the proteins in the fibre absorb a wide variety of dyes, enabling the wool to hold its colour. Wool is a durable, hard wearing and robust fibre which is also dirt resistant. It is a natural insulator and fire resistant.
The majority of traditional Persian rugs, Indian rugs and Orientals rugs are handmade. Weaving a handmade rug requires skill and time. This construction technique gives a distinctive smooth and high quality finish. The back of a rug will help determine if it is a handmade rug or machine-made rug; a handmade rug has the same vibrant design on the back of the rug as on the front.
Rugs have been made for thousands of years, but currently an antique rug is defined as one that is more 50 years old or more. Rugs are like a fine wine and mature with age, and we clearly mark the age against each of our rugs. If a rug is new we will say it is new. We carefully clean every rug that we receive that is not in brand new condition. Where we identify wear in this process we show any area of wear by the shades below under 'areas of wear', and a special picture highlighting the area of wear. On the odd occasion that we need to make a repair to these rugs, we mark that under 'areas of repair', and also take a special picture. If you do not see either of these below, the rug is in very good condition.
This rug has been cleaned and is in very good condition with no wear on the rug pile and no repairs made to any sections of the rug.
Our rugs are made from lots of different types of fibres. The majority of our rugs are made from natural fibres like wool, cotton and silk. How you clean them depends on the age of the rug and the fibres of the pile and foundation. These rugs are very durable, but we recommend that if you get a bad stain on these rugs that you seek professional help to clean them properly. For rugs that contain polypropilen and acrylic, which are synthetic fibres there are many cleaning products available on the market but always read the label.
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This large traditional Persian rug is from the Kashan region. The rug is unique with a foundation pile of wool and is handmade. It has strong grey colours, with a tasseled edge. To avoid disappointment order now, each rug is unique, so there is only one available.
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