Area Rugs made of silk are the most expensive of rugs. Silk rugs are made of hand-made fine silk or machine made artificial silk. Artificial silk rugs have the same effect as that of the pure silk rug. Artificial rugs are cheaper and therefore more affordable.
Handmade Silk Process
Pure silk rugs are made of hand woven fine silk. Their texture has a fine quality. They come in all patterns, sizes and colors. These rugs have fine designs and intricate patterns and a weaver can weave only two square foots per month. Pure silk rugs are most expensive and are suitable for using in all types of countries and climates.
Various countries produce silk area rugs. India is one of the leading producers of silk rugs. The weavers of Kashmir valley have been creating master pieces from as early as 1500 A.D. i.e. from the period of Akbar. The craftsmen had originally been from Persia, whom the Mongols had brought and established in India. Gradually the Persian craft had blended with that of the Indian and Mongols, which gave birth to the new pattern and design unique to India.
Real silk is produced as the larva of the silkworm. The cocoon is spun by the silkworm of a single silk fiber that can be up to several thousand feet in length. To extract the silk, the cocoons are boiled or heated to kill the silkworms. Then the silk thread of several cocoons are spun together to make the silk yarn. Natural silk is a fibrous protein which is composed of a number of amino acids. Silk has extremely high durability, exceeding that of nylon. Silk is used to make oriental rugs because dyed silk is a fiber with rich, saturated colors, and a distinctive, almost translucent luster and has a sheer velvet touch.
Artificial silk has somewhat familiar qualities of silk. But it does not come from the silkworm cocoon. Most often this means mercerized cotton; sometimes it means a manufactured fiber like rayon or a blend of chemically altered and manufactured fibers. The whole point of using artificial silk in an area rug is to save the cost of real silk. Karastan Persian Renaissance is a good example of that.
It is very difficult to distinguish between an artificial silk rug and real silk rug. A real silk rug is very tightly woven having around 500 knots per square inch and has fringes of real silk. An artificial silk rug has medium weave having around 200-250 knots per square inch and has cotton fringes.
China had been the pioneers of manufacturing silk, and have been producing silk rugs for quite a period of time. The pure hand knotted silk rugs of China have captivated the international market with their sheer and fine texture, subdued and muted colors and beautiful patterns.
Although Persia has been the homeland of carpet weaving, manufacture of silk rugs is a less common practice there. Iran mainly produces rugs of wool or cotton or both mixed. Yet the silk rugs produced in Persia have the same traditional and unique Persian designs.
India from its very early age of carpet industry has been producing pure silk rugs. The silk rugs of India are very popular in the international market for their unique pattern (a blend of Persian, Mongol and Indian art), fine and detailed motifs and bold color combination.
Silk area rugs are comparatively expensive yet they have an outstanding appearance mainly due to the sheer and translucent texture and are the most sought after in the world of rugs and carpets.
Wool area rugs provide wormth and beauty to a room
Wool area rugs are some of the most pricey rugs in existence, but they are also some of the most attractive rugs. Wool area rugs are adored for their softness and durability, and the purifying effect they have in your room. Wool fibers have a unique ability to hold airborne dust and dirt through static electricity. This keeps the atmosphere clear of dust.
Wool rugs also provide warmth to the room; not only by the feeling of warmth they exude, but also by being non-conductive, they help retain the room’s natural heat. The same quality of non-conductivity also makes them naturally fire-resistant, and provides another reason for the high value people put on them.
It is very good for rooms with a high degree of humidity and moisture to have a wool area rug. They prevent bacterial growth and are non-toxic and non-allergenic. Overall, a wool area rug is the preferred area rug for people with kids at home, because of their various health-related benefits.
Nowadays a lot of sellers will provide area rugs with free shipping. You can buy a wool area rug online from the comfort of your home and expect to get hassle-free delivery within a couple days. Most sellers will offer a return policy for defective rugs, and some will often pay for the ship-back. These aggressive marketing policies have made buying wool area rugs a much easier task.
In the olden days wool area rugs used to be hand-woven in places like Persia, India or Anatolia. These would often take a year to make, and would be so costly that only Kings could have afforded them. But these days one can buy machine-made wool area rugs for a fraction of the old price, and these are of such great quality that even a connoisseur would be hard put to distinguish a machine-made form a hand-made wool area rug.
Karastan makes some of the best machine-made wool area rugs. Karastan area rugs are object of desire the world over. This manufacturer has been in business for over 6 decades, and has created an impeccable brand name for itself. Their Axminster-made wool rugs are processed in various patented washing processes to give them that faded look which makes them appear exactly like authentic Persian rugs. What with their quality, their design and fine texture, and the patented tea-wash and luster-wash processes to produce the faded effect, a good Karastan wool area rug is nowadays considered as good as any Persian or Indian antique rug. They can be rightly called the common man’s Persian rug.
Wool area rugs need good maintenance, though. It is good to vacuum them regularly, because they collect a lot of dust. Take care to use an upright vacuum cleaner with a beater-bar action but one that does not have tooth or combs to damage the delicate rug. Be careful to turn them around so that the same area does not always get the most traffic or sunlight; be also careful to immediately repair any damage or wear and tear, preferably using professional repairing experts. Burns, spills or other such damages need to be very quickly and carefully repaired.
Well taken care of, a wool area rug can give years of satisfaction. It can give a room a distinct identity, so that, years down the line, old men who once were kids will fondly remember that “room that had that old wool area rug” where a lot of happy days of life might have passed. A rug gives character to a room, and a room with such character becomes a part of the home, and an important element of the family that lives in that home.
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