When it comes to giving your house that rich ornate look, nothing does it better than a collection of oriental rugs. The warm, welcoming, and relaxing ambiance they add to your living room is unparalleled by any other piece of furniture you can add.
Understanding Oriental Rugs
I’m sure you’ve heard the term “oriental rug” being thrown around and you’ve wondered what they are and why the hype and fuss about them. Well, let me try and clear the air, perhaps you’ll get to understand why everyone is swooning over them.
Oriental rugs are rugs that are hand knotted only in “the Orient”. In today’s language, it’s Asia and the Middle East. The hype? It could be the beautiful, intricate patterns that are unique to each rug. Or maybe the super thick and yet ultra-soft feel that makes you feel like you’re sitting on a cloud in heaven.
Or perhaps it’s the atmosphere that they create in your house. There are many reasons oriental rugs have been causing a frenzy for centuries, and frankly speaking, you just have to experience one in order to fully understand and appreciate them.
Types of Oriental Rugs
There are many different types of oriental rugs. Mostly, the types are distinguished either by the type of weave (pile woven or flat woven) or by the region from which they originate. A few of the most popular types of oriental rugs are listed below.
By far the most common, popular, and loved rugs, Persian rugs are so named because of their place of origin – Persia, or Iran as it is called today.
Persian rugs are some of the oldest types of oriental rugs known, with documented evidence placing them as far back as 500BC. Because of their rich heritage, they are also the most respected traditional types of oriental rugs.
Persian rugs often come in traditional colors like red, brown, blue and gold and feature intricate symbolic artwork. Their colorful past, high knot count, and beautiful artwork gives them a unique sentimental and economic value that leads to their high prices.
Bokhara rugs are so called because of their geographical place of origin – Bhukhara, Uzbekistan. Bhukara has been known throughout the ages for being a specialist rug-producing town. Their design features classic colors, oval-shaped motifs, and a sparser background than other Oriental rugs, giving them a more sophisticated look.
Flat Weave Kilims
Flat Weave Kilims are another popular type of Oriental Rugs. They are notable for their unique, geometric, and linear design that features bold colors and a flat weave character. The texture of Kilims is less plush than other traditional Oriental rugs and they are also thinner and lighter than their counterparts. But that does not detract from their quality and value.
Ikat rugs are named after their tribal looking design, rather than their place of origin. The Ikat is one of the oldest known designs in the world and is found across a very broad region that covers India, Peru, Japan, and even Yemen.
How to Clean Oriental Rugs
Now that you have installed your rug, you’re probably wondering how you’ll clean your pricey piece of furniture. It may be pricey, but it will still be used – translate that to stepped on, fluids spilled on it, and even Bingo drooling on it.
So, how do you clean an oriental rug?
The answer is not that straightforward. It depends on your kind of rug. But the safest bet for old antique rugs is to get them professionally cleaned. Otherwise, due to their sensitive nature, steam cleaning is the best way to get rid of a spill or some other spot stain.
As for the newer kinds of Oriental rugs, like the Oriental Weaver’s rugs, care should be taken to read the care labels. Others may not get damaged by immersion washing while others may. But whatever you do, make sure to dry your rug thoroughly as any moisture or dampness will lead to your rug (or a part of it) rotting.
How to Store Oriental Rugs
Sometimes, you may not want to display your beautiful rug and it may require being put away. Remember, your oriental rug is not just another rug, it is an asset your children will inherit if properly cared for. That’s why you need to make sure you store it properly.
The 2 most important things you should avoid when it comes to storing are moisture and folding. This means never ever store a rug in a damp place. And when it comes to putting it away, roll it, don’t fold. When you roll your rug, make sure to put some moth crystals in the last few feet of your “roll”. Once rolled, you can either roll it up in some craft paper or, better still, get some plastic tubing.
Oriental Rugs – Pamper Your Room
If you’re looking to “pamper” your room, there’s no better way of doing it than by fitting an ornate Oriental rug. No need to wait, go get one now.