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How to Choose a Contemporary Rug for Your Modern-Style Living Room

11-16-2016, by: The Rug Warehouse, (4) Post comment, Read comments
How to Choose a Contemporary Rug for Your Modern-Style Living Room
The mid-century modern design movement is an architectural, interiors, product, and graphic design movement that spanned several decades, starting in the early 1930s and continuing through the early 1960s. Mid-century modern designed influenced both residential homes and urban development, including home furnishings, accessories, and appliances. It is a style that scholars and museums hail as an important design movement globally.
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A Guide to the Top Styles of Fine Rugs

10-30-2016, by: The Rug Warehouse, (0) Post comment, Read comments
A Guide to the Top Styles of Fine Rugs
A fine rug is the finishing touch to beautify your home. When you have taken the time to choose an exquisite rug, its beauty will serve to accentuate and reflect the elegance of its surroundings. It is as much an investment piece as it is an item of decoration. Because only the most luxurious fibers, such as wool and silk, are used in its creation, it will wear beautifully, easily standing the test of time. Working with a knowledgeable rug expert is the key to ensuring that you are getting a gorgeous showpiece that will blend perfectly with your lifestyle and home decor.
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The History of Antique Rugs

10-05-2016, by: The Rug Warehouse, (2) Post comment, Read comments

Hand-woven and hand-knotted by expert artisans of centuries past, antique rugs combine luxurious natural fibers and a wide range of hues with evocative motifs that speak to the geographical surroundings, and societal and individual aspirations of their creators. And when adorning your home, these accessible, decorative artifacts confer their rich history and beauty to every room they grace.

An authentic antique Oriental rug is a handmade carpet that is either knotted with pile or woven without pile. These rugs originate in what is known as the “Rug Belt” which encompasses a broad geographical region, extending from China in the east, to Turkey and Iran in the west, to the Caucasus in the north, and India in the south.

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How a Hand-Knotted Rug is Created

08-30-2016, by: Ellen Gross, (2) Post comment, Read comments
How a Hand-Knotted Rug is Created
Hand-knotted rugs are the ultimate in handmade carpets. Prized for their beauty, craftsmanship, and durability, a hand-knotted rug is among the most luxurious of possessions. It takes a highly skilled weaver to create these handmade rugs that are truly one-of-a-kind works of art, because every knot is tied individually. The number of knots per square inch can start at 40 knots and go up as high as 2000 knots. A good rug will have about 160 knots per square inch, a 400 knots-per-square-inch rug is remarkable, and 1000 knots and up are exceedingly rare and expensive.
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How to Buy a Quality Kilim Rug

08-24-2016, by: Ellen Gross, (0) Post comment, Read comments
How to Buy a Quality Kilim Rug
Kilim rugs are flat-woven rugs with stunning geometric designs that were traditionally made in Turkey and Persia. The recorded history of kilims dates as far back as the 13th century when Marco Polo, the famed Venetian explorer, wrote about their great beauty, however the first looms were likely created around 10,000 B.C. or earlier. Artisans have passed down the tradition of weaving kilim rugs for hundreds of generations, and collectors have long prized these rugs for both their beauty and durability.
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How to Buy a Fine Handmade Rug

08-03-2016, by: Ellen Gross, (0) Post comment, Read comments
How to Buy a Fine Handmade Rug

So you’ve dreamed of owning a fine, handmade rug for years, maybe decades, and now you finally have the resources to make the investment. How do you make sure that you get the top value for your handmade rug, and avoid getting swindled? It can be a tricky business, but forewarned is forearmed. Read these excellent tips for buying a handmade rug before you venture into showrooms to make your dream purchase.

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Contemporary or Traditional: What’s Your Rug Style?

08-01-2016, by: The Rug Warehouse, (0) Post comment, Read comments
Contemporary or Traditional: What’s Your Rug Style?
When establishing a design for a room or a home, most interior designers will begin with discovering the style that you prefer. And because a rug is a key focal point for any room, choosing a rug can be as much of a starting point as selecting other large furnishings.
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Top Tips for Choosing the Right Area Rug for Your Room

07-31-2016, by: The Rug Warehouse, (3) Post comment, Read comments
Top Tips for Choosing the Right Area Rug for Your Room
A well-chosen area rug doesn’t just provide warmth, comfort, and cushioning for a room—it also enhances the overall design of the room and helps to create a connection and flow between the rooms of a home.  It’s like a functional piece of artwork for the floor that can be the finishing touch on a well-balanced space.
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The History and Care of Fine Shag Carpets

07-21-2016, by: Ellen Gross , (0) Post comment, Read comments
The History and Care of Fine Shag Carpets
You may think the shag rug is an invention of the bohemian 1960s, but the history of the shag rug goes back into ancient history. The shag rug’s origins have been traced to the Middle East and Central Asia, where they graced palatial homes and more modest digs alike. Its development has also been connected to Ancient Greece, where the first shaggy rugs were crafted from goat hair and known as Flotaki rugs. They were highly valued by both kings and peasants for their warmth and comfort.
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After Iran deal, imported Persian rugs reach L.A.

02-21-2016, by: Sarah Parvini, (4) Post comment, Read comments
After Iran deal, imported Persian rugs reach L.A.

The call came in to the rug store at 10:30 on Wednesday morning:After five days in U.S. customs, the shop’s first batch of carpetsimported from Iran were ready for pickup.

Store owner Alex Helmiquickly gathered his employees and told them to drive to the airport topick up the shipment: 40 handmade rugs valued at about $500,000.

"I wanted to cry", Helmi said.

A 2010 embargo on Iranian-made rugs has meant tough times for sellers such as Helmi, who found hiscarpets caught up in a clash of geopolitics and nuclear brinkmanship.Last summer's landmark international nuclear agreement, however, paved the way for importing rugs once again in what was once Iran's largest foreign market.

Iranian and U.S. officials announced last month in Vienna that Iran had complied with the terms of the deal to dismantle its nuclear program and that the sanctions that have crippled the nation’s economy would be lifted. The move granted the Iranian government access to more than $50 billion in frozen assets and oil revenue.

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