Going Persian: Things To Keep In Mind

Any homeowner will agree with you: there is a certain appeal about oriental rugs that you cannot find elsewhere. The exotic, high-quality and luxurious feel these rugs have enables them to be in a league of their own. Whether you decide to buy one strolling through the bazaars of Iran itself, or whether you prefer to select one from the rug store in your locality, there are a few tips that pertain to only Persian rugs – and below they are:

The material – you will find that Persian rugs are usually made of silk, wool or a blend of the two. Silk rugs have a shiny feel to them and are more fragile: they are better suited to areas of the home where foot traffic is less (for example, a study). Keep in mind that they are also the more expensive option. On the other hand, wool rugs are cheaper, as well as more common in general. Depending on the species of sheep and the rearing, their quality will vary, but wool is quite resistant and a good option for busier rooms of the home. Also keep in mind that both materials are significantly resistant to flames – this is a good way to test the authenticity of the rug (i.e. synthetic rugs will easily catch fire).

The knot count – True large pink rug are hand-woven, and the knot count is usually the easiest way to identify whether they were truly made by hand or by a machine. The knot count is also usually tied to the quality of the floor rug as well: a higher knot count translates into better quality rugs. Turn the rug over and see the underside, which can give you a glimpse into the knot count – if you notice the knots are oddly even, there is a good chance that the rug was made by a machine (manual labour will naturally mean some form of unevenness, after all).

The colours – similarly, the dyes used in true natural rugs Melbourne will definitely be natural dyes. This means that overly vivid and unnatural colours will almost always be the product of artificial dyes (and therefore, they are not authentic Persian rugs!). Traditionally, Persian artisans made use of blue dyes from the indigo plant, red dyes from insects and yellow dyes from pomegranate. Additionally, you can also confirm whether natural dyes have been used by checking how far the dye has soaked in: natural dyes, unlike artificial dyes, will only be capable of staining the topmost layer of the rug. Check through the knots to see if the dye has penetrated deep into the rug – if so, natural dyes were likely not used.

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