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Navajo weaving

I love hand made rugs and blankets, one of my favorite is the Navajo weaving, not only for their simple geometric beauty but also due to the high quality of modern Navajo weaving.

Handmade Native American rugs and textiles can be as beautiful and perfect as a works of art; as many other hand made items they are one-of-a-kind items that take many months to create.

Native American weaving is mainly associated with Navajo wool blankets. These famous handmade Navajo blankets are part of a sacred history that dates back more than 300 years, when weaving was introduced to the Navajo tribe.

These blankets are mostly flat weaves, although in modern days one can find a wide variety of hand made Navajo rugs and blankets.

Today Navajo fabrics are woven on reservations in northern Arizona. Original styles consisted of stripes and simple geometric shapes. Navajo weaving could be divided into the four types of the Chief blankets, Serape blankets, Eye Dazzler weaving, and fabrics after 1890.

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The mose expensive carpet in the world!

A few weeks ago someone asked me  what the most expensive rug in the world was.

I wasn’t sure, so I started researching the subject.  Although there are all different claims, there seems to be a general agreement that a rare mid-17th century Persian carpet sold by Christie’s Account House to an anonymous buyer is the record holder. It was sold for the amazing sum of £6.2 million.
Christie’s said the quality of the rug reflected the great talent of the weavers of the Iranian city of Kirman – “arguably the most inventive and influential of all carpet designers”. The Kirman ‘Vase’ Carpet measures 11ft 1in by 5ft. (seems small for that price don’t you think?).

The Kirman ‘Vase’ Carpet is the most expensive carpet in the world, beating the previous world best of $5.5 million (£3.6 million) set by the famed Pearl Carpet of Baroda.  It’s silk, Persian and 400-500 years old, but does it really tie the room together ?

Some simple hand repairs…

Are the fringes on your rug looking neglected?
Are they starting to wear out, or have they become torn or ripped?

Well, depending on your budget, and what kind of look you want to achieve, there are solutions.

Here at Flatrate Carpet, we offer a great serging service.
Serging the edges of your rug can make it look “neat” again and is a cost-effective way of giving it a whole new look.
And iff your rug is thin, or flat and woven, there is also the option of binding.

This is an excellent way of counteracting damage.  Binding is a ¼ inch synthetic ribbon that we will sew onto the edge of the rug, transforming its whole look. It’s really worth investing in your rug, with these simple hand repairs.  Not only will you extend its lifespan considerably, but you’ll be saving yourself money in the long run.

Call us now for a no-obligation quote.

Fringe Cleaning an Oriental Rug

Fringe cleaning is a vital step when cleaning an Oriental rug.  If done improperly, it can ruin the whole appearance of your special piece.  So when choosing a company to do the job, don’t forget to ask all the necessary questions and make sure that they work on the rug carefully, including the following steps:

  • They should set to work on the fringe, combing it out until it is completely separated.
  • Once it is no longer tangled, it should be cleaned thoroughly.
  • Once it is clean, it should be combed again, carefully to make sure it doesn’t become accidentally knotted.
  • No bleaches should be used when cleaning the fringe (this is important).
  • If it is worn or damaged, a specialist should re-wave or replace it.

Experienced professionals know just how important a fringe is to the beauty of a carpet, and will make sure all the above are carried out before your rug is returned to you.