Wool Rug Cleaning

Wool Rug Cleaning Let’s talk wool. It’s used throughout rug-producing countries around the globe by local tribes, generations of family weavers, and in large factory settings to make a variety of handmade area rugs. The value of a wool rug depends on many influences; however, none can be more prevalent than the wool itself. Wool…

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Flokati Rugs: The Greek Tradition of Flokati Hand Weaving

Flokati Sheepskin Rugs: The Greek Tradition of Flokati Hand Weaving   From the time of Alexander the Great, Flokati wool was used for warmth. It found a place in the conqueror’s tent, and his clothing, as he swept across Egypt, Anatolian Peninsula and Persia. Rug weaving flourished in the Pindus Mountains of Greece in the…

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Natural Rugs Create a Safer Home Environment

There are numerous health warnings within the public health sector on the pros and cons of certain floor coverings and home furnishing items. The guidelines for a healthier and safer home environment, published by the EPA, CDC, and various asthma, allergy, and pulmonary health groups and organizations, including American Lung Association, heavily emphasize improving indoor…

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Carpet Fringe and Edge Repair For Handmade and Oriental Rugs

Contrary to popular belief, the fringes and edges of a handmade rug are not for decorative purposes. They are the extensions of the weft (horizontal lines) and warp (vertical lines) that form the rug’s foundation. The weft and warp are made from cotton, wool, silk or even jute, and if pulled, torn or damaged, will…

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Caucasian Rugs of Azerbaijan

The Caucasus Mountains, which connect Western Asia to Eastern Europe, have long been known for their rug weaving regions. One in particular is Azerbaijan, which is bounded by the Caspian Sea to the east, Russia to the north, Georgia to the northwest, Armenia to the west and Iran to the south. The major rug weaving areas of Azerbaijan are Kuba, Baku, Ganja and…

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Kazak Rugs: Caucasian Rugs of Armenia and Georgia

  Armenian rugs have traditionally been described in the trade as Kazaks, and certainly, Armenia has been one of the sources of this thick, coarsely knotted and boldly designed type of rug. They are all wool, symmetrically knotted, and characterized by bold, primary colors. Left: Star Kazak by Metropolitan Carpet The problem with specific labeling…

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