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Frequently Asked Questions

Q What is an Oriental rug?
A An authentic Oriental rug is a handmade carpet that is either knotted with pile or woven without a pile. Traditionally, Oriental rugs have been woven in Iran, Turkey, Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, China, the Caucasus (currently Armenia, Azerbaijan, Dagestan) and Turkestan.
   
Q Are no two Persian carpets really the same?
A This is a common misconception. Although essentially true, the same design may be used in more than one rug, but since each rug is handmade slight variations in weave and design are inevitable. No matter how skilled the weaver, it is impossible to exactly duplicate another rug. Every rug will differ slightly.
   
Q Are Persian rugs an investment?
A Yes, but there are two types of investment, one is in term of usage, when investing in an authentic, hand-knottted Oriental rug or kelim, you're investing in one of the highest art forms practised by humankind which can last you for a very long time. The rugs usually hold their value quite well, but if you want them to appreciate they need to either be antique or very fine or rare pieces to fall into second type of investment.
   
Q What do the names mean?
A The rugs are usually named after their place of origin, or with nomadic items, the name of the weaving tribe. Sometimes the names also refer to the design, e.g. Afghan Bokhara (Bokhara denotes the small multiple medallion design).
   
Q What are the factors which make one rug more expensive than another?
A The price is dependent on the size of the rug; the number of knots per square inch (how finely woven it is); The materials used (e.g. wool/cotton/silk), and type of dyes used (e.g. chemical or vegetable).
   
Q How can I differentiate between a machine- made and a hand-knotted rug?
A There are several factors:
•  Firstly, in hand knotted rugs the material is 100% natural i.e. pure wool, pure silk and pure cotton which is used as the base of the carpet. While machine made carpets are made of synthetic materials such as polyester and plastic.
•  Hand knotted carpets are knotted knot by knot and machine carpets are patterns glued on a rubber base. The design is not “crisp” or easily visible on the back of the carpet on a machine-made rug.
•  If you look on the back of the rug and the web and warp lines in a hand knotted carpets are not straight but in the machine-made carpets the web and warp are “too straight” (perfectly straight).
•  You can sometimes see that the fringes have been added after the weaving, i.e.: the fringes are not part of the body of the carpet, in machine made rugs but in hand knotted carpet fringes are the web part of the carpet.
   
Q Do all my rugs in my house have to match?  
A No. Although some people do like one look throughout their house, it is often more interesting to have a variety of rugs and kelims. If the rug / Kelim fits in with its specific area's style and colours.
   
Q Where do I start when decorating my home and choosing rugs?
A It is best to start with the rug and work up from there. Your rug will probably be the item that stays with you the longest, so rather that choosing a rug to match e.g. curtains, try to start with the rug you like best and find fabrics that complement it.
   
Q How do I look after my rug?
A Persian rugs are relatively easy to care for. Simply brush the carpet along with the pile or vacuum on a weekly basis. We don't suggest you vacuum the fringes, as this can pull them out over time.
Avoid putting the carpet in direct strong sunlight.
Get it cleaned by professionals when necessary.
If you spill something or have a mark on the rug, you can use some dry carpet foam and sponge it out.
It is of critical importance that you never wet your rugs or kelims, or attempt to wash them yourself. Rather leave this to the experts! Bring them in to us and let our workshop clean and repair them for you.

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