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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.


Tapestry from rugs and more

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.

Santa Barbara Design Center Tapestry
Concert Hall Tapestry


Santa Barbara Design Center

410 Olive st Santa Barbara, CA 93101

(805) 962-8555

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Suzani Rugs Are The Perfect Addition For your Home

Suzani Rug Santa Barbara Design Center

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.  

Suzani needle workers rugs and more
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



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Usak Rug In 17th Century

Large Antique Turkish Usak Rug, 17th Century – This sublime antique 17th century Usak carpet showcases a fantastic Piece of art by octofoil stars. The lavish shield-like medallions Shows smooth curving quatrefoils, turtle-like pendants and lush emerald green swaths that are surrounded by protective latched . These distinctive Persianate medallions were adapted long ago and in Turkish as far back as the Renaissance. These precisely aligned medallions illustrate the principle of infinite rapport with precise lines of double symmetry. This richly colored carpet displays a vibrant red ground adorned with intricate blue scrolls. The wide, monumentally long field is enclosed by elaborate borders that display wild color variations and floral motifs accompanied by tribal lozenges. Worthy of a prized collection, this antique Usak rug is a stylistic forerunner that hints at the long history of this beloved art form. Usak rugs are known for the silky, luminous wool they work with. The dyes tend towards: cinnamon’s, terracotta tints, gold, blues, greens, ivory, saffron and grays.

17th Century Usak Rug
17th Century Usak Rug
17th Century Usak Rug
17th Century Usak Rug

Usak Rug Design

The late 19th century weavers came from villages outside of Usak and employed tribal techniques. Paramount to these techniques was the use of larger knots sometimes less than 30 knots per square inch and an all-wool foundation. The tribal style fused with the older Usak designs. The merger of the two styles created a new style simply known as late 19th/early 20th century usak carpets. The new decorative usak, commercially woven, employed a soft red, as its primary color offsetting the large-scale floral motifs from the field in a bright blue.  The luxurious quality of the wool (for which usaks had always been known) aided the colors luminosity.