Tips and Guide : 5 Popular Myths and Facts about Rugs and Carpets

Rugs and Carpets

According to a famous adage, “Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.” But Yak Carpet is of the opinion that, “Beauty lies in the hands and eyes of the weavers.” Weaving a good quality rug is certainly not like buying vegetables from a grocery store. It is a complicated process and requires thorough knowledge and skilled craftsmanship to make a perfect rug. With the influx of too much information available via different sources, a lot of people have various notions about rugs and carpets. We have listed a few points that shall bust these popular myths about rugs and carpets:

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Weaving Process of a Rug

 

Myth 1: A machine made rug is more durable than a handmade rug

Fact 1: A handmade rug, which is woven by skilled weavers, is much, more durable than a machine made rug.

Myth 2: Buying a silk rug, means I’m getting a pure silk rug.

Fact 2: A silk rug can either mean a pure or artificial type of rug. It is best to perform the “burning test” in order to detect if the rug you are investing is a pure silk or artificial/synthetic rug.

Myth 3: Cleaning of rugs should only be given for washing to dry cleaners?

Fact 3: It is highly recommended to not give your rugs for cleaning to dry cleaners who might use chemicals that are only meant for cleaning of garments and in turn can spoil your precious rug. It is best to give your rugs for cleaning only to rug specialists who are masters in their field for best results.

Knotting Process of a Rug

Knotting Process of a Rug

 

Myth 4: For a modern décor, only a contemporary design rug will be best suited

Fact 4: That’s completely false. In contrast to the popular belief, a traditional design rug would also be best suited for a modern type of décor. Such rugs are inspired by Persian motifs and provide an extremely sophisticated look to the space. Hence, whether the interiors of the space are modern or traditional, a Persian design rug would certainly be best fit for the area.

Myth 5: The value of a good quality rug decreases with time

Fact 5: The fact is just the opposite. If a rug is made with great quality material, be it silk or wool and has great color combinations, unique design pattern etc. it would certainly appreciate with time. As time elapses, a good quality rug ages like fine wine. Moreover, considering how laborious the rug weaving industry is, there is more demand than supply which makes your special rug go up in value.

Hence, as a discerning buyer,  it would be wise to follow this quick guide prior to investing in a good quality handmade rug or carpet.

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Enter The Magical World of Handmade Rugs and Carpets

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They say a beautiful handmade carpet is perfectly synonymous with an intricately crafted piece of art. The history of making handmade carpets is an ancient technique which has been mastered by expert weavers over a period of time. Each hand-knotted rug is uniquely woven with precision and takes approximately 4-5 months to weave depending upon type, knots, design, quality and other variables.

Handmade Wool Rug

Once a person decides to make that big purchase, he is often lured by marketing gimmicks and can easily be duped by rug dealers. The key is to learn by educating oneself on the art of carpet making and knowing about the technical know-how and the intricacy involved in each rug.

Afghan Rug

A good quality rug usually is of 3 types in terms of design pattern, namely traditional, transitional and contemporary. Each rug differs by thread count and the type of weave. The weave of a rug can be classified as hand knotted, hand-tufted, hand-loomed and machine made. The most superior of them is hand-knotted which on an average easily takes about 4-5 months for a standard sized rug with 2 weavers working on it at the same time. The types of rugs can be stratified into various categories like silk, woolen, afghan, Persian, kilims, modern or contemporary rugs to name a few.

Wool Round Rug

The most superior form of rugs is pure silk that are intricately woven and usually have a curvilinear pattern. Each traditional rug whether its in wool or silk or a combination of both is inspired by Persian motifs. The designs originate from various provinces in Iran and some of the common ones are Hamadan, Kashan, Qum, Bokhara etc. to name a few. On the other hand, contemporary rugs draw inspiration of today’s modern interior décor and strive to complement the rest of the décor with geometrical or subtle patterns.

Wool Rug for Bedroom

A good quality hand woven rug is defined by various characteristics like weave, knots, design, pattern, color combinations etc. Any living space without a rug is like a wall without a painting. An intricately woven rug not only enhances the beauty of a space but also adds extra warmth and comfort to the area. If one invests in a good quality carpet, it can easily be passed on from generations to come altogether. To conclude, Yak Carpet experts highly recommend vacuuming your precious rug on an everyday basis but in the direction of the pile of the rug. If one accidently spills liquid or has pet stains, it is recommended to use a damp cloth to wipe the stains inside out and provide ample sunshine to the rug prior to giving it to a rug cleaning expert.