Handmade rugs are produced by an artist who is either a first generation weaver or comes from a long line of craftsmen and women who pass the skill down through ancestral or artisanal relationships. Because of this, rugs and tapestries frequently feature designs that are a continuation of motifs and story lines which have been translated over several generations, with each one making improvements on the last.
Handmade Rugs Have a Unique Origin
Like a rug’s story, a rug’s place of origin plays a vital role in both its inherent value and its value as an investment. Though machine-made rugs are sometimes produced in areas well-known throughout history for rug manufacturing, their method of construction effectively takes away from the true cultural and value-related significance of their origin.
At Rugs & More we carry Oriental, Persian and Turkish rugs produced by hand, however, are beautifully intertwined with the location where they were woven. Whether your carpet was handmade by a single weaver on the outskirts of Sultanabad, Pakistan, constructed by a family of artisans in India, or finely composed by hand in the Savonnerie workshop, your rug’s origin is distinctly attached to both its artist and story.
Handmade Rugs Exhibit Profound Workmanship
Many who purchase machine-made rugs aren’t usually aware of the quality of their rug’s materials and workmanship. Rugs produced on automated looms often contain knots so uniformly and tightly packed together that they lose their tractability, warmth and suppleness in the process. This results in a rug’s overall inflexibility when added to a home or office, causing it to wear much more quickly and provide an inferior visual and tactile appeal. Also, the materials utilized in machine-made rugs are often much poorer than those used in handmade rugs.
One of the reasons people choose handmade rugs over machine-made rugs is for their slight imperfections. Even the most skilled weavers make minor mistakes during the creation process; but like any great painting or sculpture, these tiny imperfections only serve to promote the unbreakable connection between an artist and their work. Beyond this, these types of rugs also exhibit a sinuous appeal as a consequence of being woven by hand and because of a weaver’s insistence on using only the best materials available for the finished piece. In essence, it is because of their love for the artistry itself that we, as Oriental rug appreciators and owners, have found such a profound interest in their craft.
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.
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.
At Santa Barbara Design Center we have a great selection of outstanding Antique Bakhshayesh rugs with incredible designs by Rugs and More! Bakhshayesh rugs are considered among the finest examples of Persian rugs. Prized for their classical, abstract, bold, and large-scale designs, Bakhshayesh rugs are skillfully woven with all-over patterns while also including an abundance of negative space allowing each shape to be appreciated individually as well as part of the whole design.
Antique Bakhshayesh Rug
The Persian antique Bakhshayesh rugs are also admired for their lustrous wool and rich, transparent color, again in the tradition of the best tribal pieces. Bakhshayesh rugs were produced in North Iran, not far from the Caucasus, which helps to account for the qualities they share with the rugs of that region.
The drawing of antique Bakhshayesh rugs and carpets is always bold, geometric, dynamic, and abstract.
The talented weavers in the village of Bakhshayesh produce an impressive array of rustic carpets that highlight the region’s history and culture. By combining the larger sizes of city rugs with the rustic, tribal influences of village carpets, these regional rugs offer collectors the best of both worlds. Antique Bakhshayesh rugs are the oldest produced in the influential region responsible for Heriz rugs. Although the village of Bakhshayesh is not far from Tabriz, their designs and styles are worlds apart. The striking Bakhshayesh rugs have ancient roots that contribute to their rustic, rectilinear style that is reminiscent of Caucasian pieces.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Handmade Native American rugs and textiles are truly works of art; they are one-of-a-kind items that take many months to create. The handmade Navajo rugs are part of a sacred history that dates back more than 300 years, when weaving was introduced to the Navajo tribe. But the gorgeous Native American rugs, wall hangings, blankets, and other textiles available from just representatives of the past; they’re also emblems of “The Next Phase” of Navajo weaving.
Beautiful, handmade textiles, including American Indian rugs, wall hangings, blankets, and tapestries, are often overlooked as the brilliant works of art they are. Functional art, such as textiles and pottery, is too often devalued in comparison to fine art, such as painting and sculpture. Fortunately, this trend is changing, as crafts are finally being given their due in thousands of museums across the United States and the world at large.
Navajo textiles were originally utilitarian blankets for use as cloaks, dresses, saddle blankets, and similar purposes. Toward the end of the 19th century, weavers began to make rugs for tourism and export. Typical Navajo textiles have strong geometric patterns. They are a flat tapestry-woven textile produced in a fashion similar to kilims of Eastern Europe and Western Asia, but with some notable differences. In Navajo weaving, the slit weave technique common in kilims is not used, and the warp is one continuous length of yarn, not extending beyond the weaving as fringe. Traders from the late 19th and early 20th century encouraged adoption of some kilim motifs into Navajo designs.
Add A Splash Of Color With A Patchwork Vintage Rug
Our overdyed patchwork vintage rugs are just the thing to introduce a splash of color to any space. We select a Turkish hand-knotted patchwork vintage rug to create our collection of over-dyed rugs. We wash the colors, but care to keep the original patterns still alive. We then overdye them with a new color of choice, cut them into smaller pieces and hand sew the fragments together with a sturdy yarn. The rearrangement of the fragments transforms the ancient craft of rug making into unique artwork suited for contemporary settings at home or in offices. Patchwork rugs sew together cultures, traditions and history, creating beautifully unique rugs that should be treated as contemporary works of art. Combining pieces of vintage and antique hand-woven rugs and backed with a fabric as reinforcement, they showcase a wide variety of weaving traditions and are created to fit into both contemporary and traditional interior designs.
Patchwork Vintage Rug Uses
Patchwork is most often used to make quilts, but it can also be used to make bags, wall-hangings, warm jackets, cushion covers, skirts, waistcoats and other items of clothing. Some textile artists work with patchwork, often combining it with embroidery and other forms of stitchery. When used to make a quilt, this larger patchwork or pieced design becomes the “top” of a three-layered quilt, the middle layer being the batting, and the bottom layer the backing. To keep the batting from shifting, a patchwork or pieced quilt is often quilted by hand or machine using a running stitch in order to outline the individual shapes that make up the pieced top, or the quilting stitches may be random or highly ordered overall patterns that contrast with the patchwork composition. Patchwork Rug or “Pierced Pieces” is a form of needlework that involves sewing together pieces of fabric into a larger design. The larger design is usually based on repeat patterns built up with different fabric shapes (which can be different colors). These shapes are carefully measured and cut, basic geometric shapes making them easy to piece together.
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.
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.
Bakshaish carpets are known to be highly eclectic therefore not very common because they are for very distinctive homes. Yet they can serve contemporary and traditional homes. Their designs are over scale emblematic or stylized floral patterns that offer striking graphic originality. Bakshaish Carpet is renowned for including the age-old Tree of Life motif and their use of certain dyes and use of camel hair. Another trademark for these carpets is Bakshaish blue palette that ranges from periwinkle to morning glory.
Bakshaish rugs are considered among the finest examples of larger rugs from the region of Northwest Iran. These rugs are considered traditional Persian classical carpets. In the late 19th century the designs produced in Bakshaish carpets were similar to those of the Arakweavers.
The Bakshaish carpets are the only examples that maintain the vibrant hand of the tribal weavers this is why they are so popular among avid collectors.
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Proper RUG CARE AND CLEANING of your rug will ensure that the distinctive charm and beauty that it adds to your home or office will last for many years. At Rugs & More located in the Santa Barbara Design Center we offer a white glove service to pick up, clean and deliver your rugs! We specialize in the proper cleaning and maintenance methods for hand made antique rugs, Oriental rugs, and Persian rugs.
Hand woven rugs are not suited for many types of cleaning, even methods often recommended by “professional” rug cleaners. We have witnessed processes involving industrial grade carpet cleaning equipment, using carpet steam cleaners and harsh chemicals. These methods are a recipe for disaster if applied to a hand woven rug. We have seen the unfortunate results produced by these methods, and the damage they can cause. Weave damage, color fading and bleaching, and rips/tears that require repair costing several times that of the cleaning it’s self.
Antique and hand woven rugs require special cleaning methods involving submersion and careful brushing, followed by an air drying process. Rugs & More uses a process that has been tried and tested for hundreds of years. Please, don’t subject your beautiful rug to the roulette game provided by our competitors. We will care for your rug as if it were our own.
Rugs & More is also proud to offer the highest quality repair and restoration services for antique and hand woven rugs on the west coast. We regularly achieve miraculous repair results on everything from priceless antiques to all-purpose floor coverings. If you have a treasured rug in need of some TLC, do not hesitate to use our services, we guarantee you will be pleased with the results.
Come and see hundreds of fine rugs at Rugs & More in the Santa Barbara Design Center or give us a call today at (805) 962-2166