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Sultanabad Rugs And Carpets

At Rugs and More you can choose from our huge selection of Sultanabad rugs. Characterized by their subtle color palettes and trellis designs, antique Sultanabads are frequently the choice of designers in search of allover rugs to serve as a more subtle complement to a design scheme. Come on in today and choose your Sultanabad rug for your Beautiful home.

Most similar to the Sultanabad rugs are Heriz and Serapi rugs; this similarity being attributed to the magnificent graphic character of the designs. Yet within this similarity, the line work of the Heriz/Serapis is always more curvilinear and classical. Sultanabad rugs share with Persian rugs all-over designs of palmettes and vinescrolls, but as they use a larger, suppler weave, the Sultanabad designs tend to be larger as well.



Sultanabad Rugs

The most popular color of the Sultanabad rugs was a deep rose red. The red dye was created by bathing wool for two days in madder and whey after which it was scoured for nearly another two days with running water.

The term Sultanabad has come to distinguish the oldest and highest quality Mahal rugs which were produced in the Arak region. Sultanabad rugs and carpets were made in the same area as the earliest Farahans and Sarouks, but they are very different. Ultimately, Sultanabad rugs and carpets share a common classical Persian repertoire of floral motifs, whether they utilize medallion or overall designs of vinescrolls and palmettes.

However, Sultanabad rugs and carpets tend to have a larger, more supple weave. Indeed the design of Sultanabad rugs resembles that of Heriz or Serapi somewhat in its graphic and monumental character, but even so the linework is always more curve-linear and classical. Sultanbad rugs and carpets also often have a rich, warm palette like that of Farahans and the earliest Sarouks.


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Learn How to Decorate Your Home With Tapestries

Antique Tapestry From Rugs And More

Do you ever ask yourself these questions when choosing a tapestry!

What colors should I use? What design would suit me? And, often the biggest question, what size is best?  At Rugs and More we will help you to understanding tapestries in general and your project in particular. At first, decorating with tapestries can seem intimidating. The old world meets the new, and whether our walls are to large or to small.


Tapestry Advice

Choose the designs and colors you want first, then consider the size. As architectural detail, a tapestry should be scaled to the room and the wall – neither too large nor too small. A rule of thumb: it should occupy around 80% of the intended space.

When hanging your tapestry it will look better and age better if it is installed flat against a wall.  If the tapestry wall hanging is mounted flat to the wall, it gains support from the wall and has one less direction in which to wave. Most good galleries and all museums display tapestries hung flat against the wall, creating magnificent wall art.


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Tapestry Care

When hanging your tapestry make sure it is not in hot, direct sun. All textiles fade, and instant sun to your tapestry will increase fading and fiber deterioration faster. Most tapestries with colorfast dyes can be safely displayed in most areas of your home where indirect sunlight and humidity are normal. Bathrooms for instance may be too humid unless well vented. Displaying your tapestry in your kitchen may also have direct contact to excessive heat and fiber absorption of food odors.

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Concert Hall Tapestry


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Suzani Rugs Are The Perfect Addition For your Home

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At Rugs and more we carry a great selection of selections perfect for any home. Every one of our Suzanis is hand woven by needle workers. These unique antique rugs can be hung up on the wall to give the room a little pop of color. There are many different ways to decorate with a suzani rugs. Suzanis usually have a cotton fabric base, which is embroidered in silk or cotton thread. There is also extensive use of couching, in which decorative thread laid on the fabric as a raised line is stitched in place with a second thread. Suzani rugs are often made in two or more pieces, that are then stitched together.

Finest Hand woven Suzani

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Suzani Rug Design

Popular design motifs include sun and moon disks, flowers (especially tulips, carnations, and irises), leaves and vines, fruits, and occasional fish and birds. Graceful floral motifs dominate in Uzbek suzanis rugs–both in nineteenth century pieces and in modern work. In a bleak desert landscape, oasis and courtyard gardens are especially cherished, and so plants, blossoms and vines of all types appear in the needlework, as well as occasional fish and birds. Old traditional abstracted forms also appear:  palmettes, rosettes, and pomegranates.  Medallions are nearly always  flower forms, although there is speculation that some large roundels may have represented the sun or moon in past times.  Ottoman brocades and embroidery designs have always been highly regarded  in Central Asia, and so dramatic Ottoman tulip designs have been appearing as well in the contemporary embroideries.  

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Women workers doing needle work

Suzanis were traditionally made by Central Asian brides as part of their dowry, and were presented to the groom on the wedding day. These hand-embroidered vintage suzanis are infused with the character that only comes from everyday use. Perhaps created by a bride-to-be to show her devotion to her betrothed and then in lean times bartered away to a traveling Gypsy for money or household necessities pulled from the depths of his donkey cart. The story of each of these suzani rugs is as rich as their colors, as intricate as the designs that cover their surfaces