2017

Not every work of art is a painting on the wall.The good quality antique oriental rug is the most important artistic creation of a wide cultural milieu reaching from Morocco to Central Asia.For centuries art on the floor has taken the pride of place in many societies. Each quality antique rug contains designs, techniques, colors and  crafts particular to its origin.Many rugs,like paintings,are individual artistic creations and should be considered the self expressions of weavers.Although rugs are traditional art forms and follow particular conventions as to style and technique,there is plenty of room for idiosyncratic expression.Tribal and village rugs are personal works of art.City carpets are the result of collective activity on the part of designers,dyers and weavers.Rugs are so endearing that not only are they placed on the floor but hung on the wall and there are even enthusiasts who structure their entire lifestyles around them.Many of the most artistically significant rugs and carpets are among the most important treasures of major museums.Artists have always considered them important enough to feature in their own works,especially portraits,still lifes and historical representations.Every picture tells a story.Rugs are pictures.They have stories to tell. Learn about them and they will talk to you.Treat them like you do with your other valuables.

Please look after them.Enjoy.Call a professional if you have questions about your rug or carpet:
1-212-532-4614

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2017

Now you own an antique oriental rug.How do you keep it looking good?First of all,regularly vacuum,but be careful of the ends and sides especially the fringes and the side cords.Have it professionally cleaned every year or two,depending on the traffic.Rotate your rugs.Turn them around,or every six months in service,in storage for six months and replace accordingly.If you own pets make sure they are well behaved.Spills should be cleaned up immediately and serious stains should be professionally treated.If the rugs are valuable they must be insured.All rugs should be moth proofed once a year and those in storage should be tightly wrapped with just newspaper or mothballs.Any issues concerning damage whether to the ends,sides or pile of the rug should be attended to immediately.Holes or tears can only get worse in use,therefore prompt professional restoration is essential.A skilled restorer will be able to match the weave texture and colors precisely.Accept nothing less.Any rug found to be damp or wet must be dried immediately and completely, and should be sprayed with Lysol.Colors should be checked for color runs.A professional should be called immediately.Any smoke damaged rug also requires immediate attention:A thorough cleaning and odor treatment.Sunlight weakens colors of rugs with chemical dyes.Call a professional if you have questions about your rug or carpet: 1-212-532-4614

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