Knock Off Oriental Rugs

Knock Off Oriental Rugs

Knock Off Oriental Rugs

Chinese oriental rugs and other Asian based flooring textiles are extremely popular throughout the world. However, almost just as expensive are knock off oriental rugs. To the untrained eye, identifying the difference between knock off oriental rugs and the real thing can be difficult at best, and at times almost impossible. However, when spending a large sum of money on an oriental rug, it proves necessary to know what the differences are and how to correctly determine when a rug is in fact authentic or if it has been fabricated by a non traditional retailer.

Three Qualities of Knock Off Oriental Rugs

1. Hand Weaved vs. Machine Made

One reason Chinese oriental rugs are so desirable is because the rug is handmade and weaved by an artisan. This takes delicate time in order to produce such a rug. However, in order to make it profitable and worth while, knock off oriental rugs are produced with machine loom, this speeds up the process making fabrication much more profitable. Most machine loomed rugs will have hundreds of very symmetrical stitches running the length of the rug. The fringe is typically sewn onto the ends, this is very noticeable from the back side. In order to identify a hand weaved rug, look at the back side and you will notice the fringe actually emerges from the rugs structure rather than being sewn onto it. The rug pile knots are hand tied on a loom, one at a time, sometimes taking months. A machine produced knock off oriental rug is finished in moments with the help of a machine loom.These are just a couple noticeable difference between the two rugs and important factors to investigate when attempting to determine what kind of rug it really is.

2. Identical Design

One of the very best ways to determine if a rug really is authentic or not is during the buying process. While looking at different rugs, it is important to look to see if there is another rug that is identical to another. Original Chinese rugs are unique and are one of a kind. Each rug is slightly different than any other rug. This ranges from the colors used to the designs of the rug. If someone is shopping around and they notice there are two complete identical rugs in the area (or in the same store) it probably means the rugs are not authentic hand knotted rugs but are actually knock off rugs. Many knock off oriental rug manufacturers produce multiple rugs of the same design because it is easier to mass produce these and changing up the fibers takes a while to do. Larger sellers of the rugs might keep one of the twin rugs in storage until the current rug is sold, but with the help of the other signs of a knock off, it is possible to identify when one is a fake and when one is authentic.

3. Fake Silk

Silk is expensive but a common element in an authentic Chinese oriental rug. Many fake silk rugs are produced in Belgium with mercerized cotton, they are usually a very thin rug with a gold fringe that has been sewn to the machine loomed rug. Rayon is another fake silk which that’s used in the production of knock offs. While it is impossible to feel the difference between fake and real silk, it is possible to identify a fake silk weave. In an authentic silk oriental rug, the stitching (weft & warp) is usually  white or ivory and it is clearly different from the rest of the rug fibers. With an authentic rug, the fringe is always an extension of the internal foundation (warp yarn) of the rug. If your considering the purchase of a hand knotted silk rug consult with a reputable business.

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Oriental Rug Colors

Oriental Rug Colors

Oriental Rug Colors

Oriental rug colors in new handmade area rugs varies significantly depending on the weaver and rug. These type of area rugs are finely made works of art and need to be cared for in a specific manner.

The caring and cleaning of a new handmade oriental rug requires a professional rug cleaning service, in order for oriental rug colors to stay beautiful through the years. You paid a lot for your new oriental area rug, in order for it to keep its value, it will need to be cleaned regularly by a professional with the knowledge and skill to do the job right. This job is critical if your new oriental area rug is to look as beautiful ten years from now as it does today.

This is especially true if you bought a quality rug from a top maker of the best oriental area rugs. Oriental rug colors will begin to fade, if they aren’t cleaned regularly, and this is the last thing you need. Continue reading Oriental Rug Colors

Oriental Kitchen Rugs – A Good Idea or Bad?

Oriental Kitchen Rugs

Oriental Kitchen Rugs

There is quite a lot of debate about whether quality area rugs belong in a kitchen – and most of it is centered around two things, the look versus the practicalities.  If you’re looking for oriental kitchen rugs there are things you should think about before placing one there.

Granted, a gorgeous oriental rug can look wonderful here as anywhere else – in particular, the strong colors and patterns will contrast very nicely with what are usually, in most modern kitchens, the very plain surfaces and clean lines of the fixtures.  On the other hand, those hard surfaces are really easy to clean and keep tidy, two things not usually true about Oriental rugs. Continue reading Oriental Kitchen Rugs – A Good Idea or Bad?

Oriental Rug Differences: A Guide To Eastern Rugs

Oriental Rug Differences

Oriental Rug Differences

Oriental Rug Differences

‘Oriental rugs’ is often used as a generic label for any type of intricately patterned carpet. Genuine Oriental rugs are in fact quite unique in both workmanship and design: they are hand-knotted pile or flat-woven fabric, made in the traditional weaving areas across the Middle East and Far East (not in Western Europe or the United States.) Oriental rugs are never made by machine; neither do they ever consist of nylon or polypropylene fibers. Hand knotted rugs are made from natural fibers, such as wool, silk and cotton. Oriental rug differences are often subtle in to an untrained eye. Continue reading Oriental Rug Differences: A Guide To Eastern Rugs

Decorating with Oriental Rugs

Decorating with Oriental Rugs

Decorating with Oriental Rugs

Decorating with oriental rugs is a great way to add a perfect decoration for any home. It adds a special vibrancy and comforting aesthetic. Let’s take a look at oriental rug styles and how they can mix with the furniture and style of rooms throughout a home.

The current décor of a room will determine what type of oriental rug can be featured. If the room is devoid of decorations, then a large oriental rug with exciting color and style will be the perfect piece. If the room is fully furnished, wallpapered, painted and has several decorative pieces then a smaller sized, more conservative oriental rug will be appropriate. Rooms featuring fabrics with gigantic prints should have a smaller oriental rug that meshes with the room’s current color tones. If the room has fabrics with smaller sized prints and plain colors then a bigger rug can be used with a louder style. Potential buyers can take several rugs home and see which matches the home the best and return the ones that are least desirable. Continue reading Decorating with Oriental Rugs

Oriental Rugs – Selecting a Good Investment

Oriental Rug Investment

Oriental Rug Investment

An oriental rug can provide a look that is luxurious and exotic regardless of the décor of the room. However, many people are unaware that oriental rugs are also a good investment as they hold their value and are often passed down through generations. In order to be sure that the Oriental rug purchased is a good investment, it is important to keep a few tips in mind when purchasing the carpet.

Understand How Oriental Rugs are Made

Foundation

True oriental rugs are woven on a loom from strands of wool, silk and cotton . The rugs foundation consists both a warp and weft yarn. The warp yarns run the length of a the rug and terminates as a kilim or fringe at ends of a rug. The warp yarns run the width and interlock with the warp yarns, these two yarns are the foundation of hand knotted Oriental rugs. A loom is used to provide a stable platform for the master weavers to create their works of art. Continue reading Oriental Rugs – Selecting a Good Investment

Oriental Rugs in the Bathroom

Oriental Rugs in Bathrooms

Oriental Rugs in Bathrooms

Oriental rugs in the bathroom can be an excellent decorative accent to any bathroom. They provide an attractive yet practical centerpiece that traditional bathmats cannot achieve. Using a wool material bathroom oriental rug as opposed to cotton or synthetic fabrics, allows greater longevity for the rug given it’s environment. Wool fibers can absorb up to 30% of their weight in water and still feel dry. The natural lanolin’s in wool is uniquely stain resistant.

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Oriental Rug Cleaning Home Care

Oriental Rug Cleaning

Oriental Rug Cleaning

For anyone owning oriental rugs, knowing how to properly care for it is an essential aspect towards ensuring the beauty and value of fine rugs for years to come . There are many potential problems that might pop up over the course of a rug’s life, but with proper care and timely maintenance, an oriental rug has the ability to last forever. For significant stains or when years of accumulated soiling exist, an at-home rug cleaning may prove ineffective. It then behooves the owner to contact an oriental rug cleaning service. The oriental rug cleaning professional will have the expertise, knowledge and equipment that’s necessary to restore your area rugs. Oriental rug cleaning and washing practices take years and years to master so be careful to use due diligence in choosing a company. However, for the general spotting and minor soiling, a step by step maintenance program at home may prolong the need to hire an oriental rug cleaning expert. Continue reading Oriental Rug Cleaning Home Care

Hardwood Floor vs Laminate

Hardwood floor vs laminate

Hardwood floor vs laminate

If you are thinking about switching to a wood floor then you might be comparing hardwood floor vs laminate. There are many differences between these two materials and they should be weighed carefully in your decision.

Laminate flooring is a multi-layer synthetic product designed to look like real wood. The inside layer of laminate flooring is made from melamine resin and fiber board material and the top layer has an imprinted wood textured image. Continue reading Hardwood Floor vs Laminate

4 Tips to Protect Hardwood Floors

Protect Hardwood Floors

Protect Hardwood Floors

There are many ways to protect hardwood floors from normal wear and tear.  Most are common sense and require little effort or money to keep your floors looking like new for many years to come.

After purchasing and installing hardwood floors, consider buying walk-off mats and rugs to protect large areas of your floor from dirt, shoes and furniture.

To Protect Hardwood Floors:

Be Aware of Moisture Damage

While a major spill or flooding left on hardwood flooring would be cataclysmic, it is also not the most likely scenario. Most moisture damage caused to hardwood is from intense changes in weather. The humidity that can come along with summer heat or the dry winter air can both cause damage. If you have air conditioning, try to keep humidity levels constant throughout the year. If you don’t have air conditioning do your best not to over-heat the room in winter and keep windows open in the Summer. Continue reading 4 Tips to Protect Hardwood Floors

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