Rugs pay tribute to the beauty of their countries of origin. Whether exotic or traditional, tribal or modern, our rugs weave stories through intricate patterns, compelling colors, and touchable materials. These museum quality pieces are a testament to superior craftsmanship.
Our rugs, textiles, tapestries, flat woven rugs, Kilims, and needlepoints are hand-knotted and woven in silk and wool of the highest quality. Both rare and unique in design, these collectibles quickly become family treasures that can be passed down from one generation to the next.
Our goal is to help you make a rug truly yours! Rugs & More is proud to offer customization options. Creating a custom rug from a variety of styles is the perfect solution when you can’t find exactly what you want.
The ashes of Thomas Fires are highly acidic and will Ruin your valuable rugs.
You need to professionally wash your rugs soon to minimize the damages!
call us now ( 805 ) 962-2166 and we will take care of them for you.
Smoke and ash in the air from the Thomas Fire can easily affect rugs and carpets. Particulates are dangerous for humans and any sort of natural fabric. If your rug smells like smoke, most standard washes will take care of it by washing away soot particulates. After this, the rugs should be vacuumed regularly. In addition, heavily fire or smoke damaged rugs require both washing as well as professional deodorizing with specific odor removing solutions. Heavy ash and soot can be eliminated from rugs by professional rug washers at Rugs & More.
The longer that acidic ash from Thomas Fires and residue stays on your valuable rugs, the more damage it causes to the rug fibers and dyes. In addition, small amounts of direct fire damage burns can be re-knotted and restored. We are the foremost experts in Oriental rug cleaning and can remove black soot, restore the vibrant colors of your rug and neutralize any remaining odors of smoke. You should always consult with us at Rugs & More to determine how it can be cleaned best. Especially if the rug is a hand made, an antique, a heirloom or of significant value to you.
If flames or embers have damaged your rug, reweaving and re-knotting will repair actual fire damage. Due to high moisture contents, wool rugs will generally not ignite, and therefore may only have minimal damage. Even if you believe your Oriental rug is damaged beyond repair, it is always worth it to consult with our oriental rug cleaning professionals at Rugs & More to see what, can be done.
At Rugs & more we are dedicated to helping those affected in Santa Barbara’s recent tragedies, the Thomas fire and Montecito Mud slides. We are offering our services on Hand Wash and Cleaning , repair and restoration of rugs to everyone effected by the Thomas Fire and Mud Flood . Furthermore, as a small community it’s important that we take care of each other. We also wish to offer our appraisal services for insurance or legal needs at no charge. Lastly, if you have items lost or damaged beyond repair we can assist in highly personalized redesigning of your home.
We are the foremost experts in hand-made cleaners. You wouldn’t take your fine watch to a mechanic, so why take your fine rugs to a carpet cleaner?
We are proud to offer personalized chemical free cleaning, using our special soap and water bath and traditional pure water rinse and drying technique. The safe, organic process is backed by our family heritage of three generations of rug makers. In addition, our thorough five step inspection service allows us to recommend needed repairs that restore and preserve your investment.
Repair and Restoration
For your convenience, timely pick up and delivery is available. We offer professional repair and restoration, re-fringing, binding, reweaving as well as rentals, padding, appraisals and we buy old rugs.
Mafrash – Manufactured in eastern Turkey, northwestern Persia and the Caucasus. Featuring three-dimensional rectangular “boxy” bags hand made by nomads. In addition, they became used for storage and bedding in their tents, for use as cargo. Furthermore, balanced over the backs of camels on migration they were mainly created in pairs.
In the marketplace, these are often dubbed beşik, or cradles. In addition, made in the largest numbers, Bedding bags have been created by Shahsevan tribal people. As well as, other groups in NW Iran and across the border in Azerbaijan. Others were made in Georgia and Armenia.
Furthermore, woven soumak are the majority. Others are slit-tapestry, sometimes with narrow contrasting soumak bands. As a result, Western collectors have found that these bags make striking small tables or ottomans when up-ended over wooden boxes or blocks of heavy foam rubber.
Antique salt bag ‘s are specialized in limited quantities, and were made in just a few areas. Primarily Persia and Afghanistan. As a result, these durable little bags where made with a variety of techniques, but most often brocading, Soumak or weft substitution.
With narrow necks that prevented their contents from spilling, they posed special design challenges for the weaver. Furthermore, not all salt bags have been used for salt, but that label has stuck. True salt bags, tightly woven and made in both flat weave and knotted pile. Sometimes woven across the bottom of the bags, presumably to make them sturdy enough to haul heavy pieces of rock salt.
Halite – Rock Salt
Rock salt– A mineral formed from sodium chloride known as Rock salt. In addition, the industrial name used is Halite. It forms as isometric crystals and is typically colourless or white, but may also be other colours depending on the amount and type of impurities contained within it. The salt occurs in beds of sedimentary evaporite minerals. In conclusion, this is caused by large lakes and seas drying up.
Now a day’s salt bags have become collectors’ items. Persian salt bags were originally used by shepherds. They carried the bags filled with rock salt on their backs. Doling out the salt at watering holes, so the thirsty sheep would drink, as well as retain, more water. As a result, this meant the flock could travel without stopping to hydrate on their journey to find patches of thick grass to eat, which was few and far between. Furthermore, among other uses for the salt bags making dough, holding seeds, fruit, nuts, etc.; and turning milk into cheese.
Bagfaces are probably the most familiar collectable tribal utilitarian objects in the western hemisphere. Which can also be known as saddlebags with two decorated pouches. Created in various sizes, with the smallest examples used on donkeys. Known as heybe in Turkey and Khorjin in Iran. The larger bags were used to transport goods or house holds are called Mafrash. They appear in a wide variety of woven structures. For instance, tapestry, soumak, brocading, knotted pile, weft substitution, and even occasionally warp substitution.
These Bag’s were commonly made with a long center bridge with a slit down the center. Known as Saddlebag’s that men sometimes slipped these over their heads to serve as convenient shopping bags when in the marketplace.
Larger saddlebag’s were made for use on horses and camels. In addition, these are normally woven in one long piece. First the face for one pouch was woven, then a long section that formed the back and center bridge, then the second pouch face. Furthermore, the bag was assembled by folding each end panel inward. Then stitching along the sides.
With the earliest pieces, often only the bagfaces have survived, or just half a bagface being a single pouch with both face and back intact. These can be important collectors pieces. There are growing number of collectors in this field and specially bags and bag faces, because they are smaller and don’t take much space.
To see the largest collection of Antique Tribal Bags, bag faces and Mafrashs come to Rugs and More and for the finest Examples ask to see the ones from the Kourosh Collection.