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Oriental Rug 101
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Tips on what to look for when buying an antique Oriental rug
A good schematic for understanding the disciplines that historically produced hand woven Oriental rugs is City, Village and Tribal. City and Village Oriental Rugs are often also described as Formal Floral and Informal Floral.
I had been employed in the Oriental rug trade since 1959 and when I first started my own business in 1966 it was buying and selling old and antique Oriental rugs. The previous two years had been spent working for Mustapha Avigdor born in 1879, one of the luminaries of the Boston Oriental rug trade. […]
Scattered throughout the rug producing countries of the Middle East are numerous tribal groups of various ethnic origins, the remnants of various historic migrations or incursions. For example, The “TURKS” of the Republic of Turkey are comprised of numerous tribal groups such as the AK KOYUNLU, KARAKOYUNLU and YURUKS etc. The same is true of […]
Authentic BIDJARS are woven in Persian Kurdistan, a mountainous undeveloped province of IRAN inhabited largely by KURDS of various tribal groups. Living a rural lifestyle in a remote area they have had little communication with the central government. The fact that they speak a different language and are devout practitioners of the SUNNI branch of […]
A recent article in the Washington post titled “US hopes to revive Afghan rug trade” by Glenn Kessler outlined the involvement of the Pentagon with the Afghan Oriental rug trade. Afghanistan is a nation with some 1 million people involved in a cottage industry of weavers who work mostly in their homes hand knotting Oriental […]
We here at Grillo Oriental Rug Gallery and Care were proud to be told recently that we had won the Angie’s List Super Service Award for 2012. We have always aspired to excellence in caring for the rugs entrusted to us by our clients. The staff here at Grillo know that great attention must be […]
Direct contact soils like sand and clay and other abrasive solids get tracked into the home on peoples’ shoes and sneakers. These “direct contact” soils are very abrasive and cut at the fibers of your rug, wearing away at them to reduce the rugs’ life. By giving your rugs a thorough vacuuming about once a […]
Because Oriental rugs don’t always show soil, people often neglect cleaning. There are three ways I can recommend testing your Oriental rugs to see if it’s time for cleaning: Move a piece of furniture covering your rug and compare that section with the rest of the rug. If the colors are not as vibrant, it’s […]
My recommendations are based on my many years experience seeing how various types of padding have performed in my clients’ homes. Firstly, it is important to understand that padding has two very important functions. One is to prevent slipping under scatter rugs and the other is to increase the life of your Oriental rug. Because […]