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Antique Rugs in Hallways

06-28-2011  |  By: ESP |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
Antique Rugs in Hallways
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Antique Rugs from Uzbekistan

06-22-2011  |  By: ESP |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
Antique Rugs from Uzbekistan

Although it may seem like Persia (Iran) has always had a monopoly on oriental and antique rugs, carpets and rugs have actually been created for centuries and centuries in what was known as "Turkestan", which is now Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. The ancient, busy 'silk road' that stretched between Baghdad and Tehran, Samarkand, and Tashkent went right through the area, and therefore centuries of traders hauling goods between China and the West went through these rugged areas.  

The landscape was very often quite bleak, barren and arid, with a few windswept trees and lots of rocks. The population has always and will likely always be low, and the area has a history of nomadism. The area also has a tradition of self-sufficiency, and making the most of very limited resources: they used every part of every animal and plant they had, to make themselves clothes, shelters, and gear that was reuired to keep moving about. And among these items were vey rich, very distinctive wool rugs.

Most of the antique rugs from this area are extremely hardy, with very thick cloth and simple, bold shapes and lines. They were not only designed for beauty, back in the day, but also for function: they helped to keep the nomad's homes warm during the freezing winters. They retained a lot of heat from the fire when placed on the floor, so that the ground wouldn't sap the heat from a standing person's feet, or from bodies as they lay sleeping. They also served as thick cushioning for bedrolls, adding an extra layer of softness between sleepers and the ground.

Pretty much all of the rugs from this area were traded through Iran, Pakistan, or sometimes Afghanistan. Many of the Turkoman rugs were then mistaken for true-born Persian rugs, and its is very possible that many of the what we call Persian rugs were actually woven by these nomads on the steppes. 

Persian Rugs in the Workplace

06-20-2011  |  By: Azaad |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
Persian Rugs in the Workplace
When you think of buying a really nice antique rug, you definitely think of it for your living room, taking up the hardwood floor proudly. Or maybe for your dining room, if you don't have children, decorating the space beneath your table. Some people even imagine they'll mount an antique rug to the wall of their living room and display it like a priceless work of art.
But there's another option: rugs not for the home at all, but for the office.
If you think about it, you spend nearly as much time in your office as you do at home (especially if you are one of those people that works a steady nine to five job with no home time. Why shouldn't you and your employees (or employers, depending on where you are on the branch) enjoy that personal space as if it were a home?
I was in a kind of small but well constructed place of business the other day, and it had these lovely, arching windows that let the late afternoon sunlight dapple in through the trees and play across the tree-patterned green and silver Persian rugs taht they had lining hte hardwood floor. The carpets really suited the space and made it feel so much homier and more lovely. It immediately put clients at ease, even if they were not consciously aware that their good mood was in part generated by carefully crafted working spaces. It kept all of the employees in good spirits, able to deal with the stresses of the day.
Even just a very simple change such as this one can go a long way. You might want to consider buying a rug for your office, or persuading your boss to do so. Productivity may rise around the office, and happiness and quality of life certainly will.

Stain Removal on Antique Rugs

06-17-2011  |  By: Azaad |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
Stain Removal on Antique Rugs
It happens. Maybe you have a toddler who likes to run around with crackers in her had, and then proceeds to drop them and smash them into carpets. Maybe you like wine, and accidentally knock over a glass of it. Maybe your dog ate something strange in the garden and decided to re-girft it to you on your antique rug. Or maybe you have a very inconsiderate teenager living in the house who thinks nothing of tracking mud into the house and all over the carpeting.
If these or other accidents and spills happen over your nice antique rug, there are a few home-remedies you can try before having to hire a carpet cleaner.
First of all, you obviously have to remove any excess materials: sop up liquids with paper towels, pick up crumbs with bits of tape (scotch only), pick up clods of dirt, whatever it takes. Then soak a rag in water and place it over the stain to absorb excess material. THen you can try stain or spot removal liquids. These are often made for clothes but can also work on carpets. They also make specialty product for precisely this purpose.
If you don't want to use harsh chemicals in your home for whatever reason, you can use white (clear) vinegar and club soda, whose acidity will help break down the stain. But of course, these materials depend on what kind of material your rug is made out of: cotton and wool will react differently. You should either call the company you bought it from or do a little rug-specific research on the internet to make sure you won't compromise the integrity of the colors or threads of your antique rug.
But don't despair! An accident doesn't mean you have to have an unsightly stain forever. There are definitely actions you can take to mitigate the effects.

Persian Rug Study

06-16-2011  |  By: ESP |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
Persian Rug Study
Most students do not even notice them. They continue about their merry day, dashing to class, carrying heavy books from the library, cramming in study rooms. Maybe they look up, and notice the highly intricate scroll work on the ceiling, or the finely crafted mantle place over the fireplace that nobody's allowed to notice anymore. Maybe they spend their whole day outside, tossing around a frisbee and sipping iced tea.

But they are there. In rich ornate side rooms in Sterling library, they are there. In grand hallways leading to even grander rooms: they're there. In masters' houses, in the president's house, even in some classrooms (more like lecture halls, if you really take the time to stop and think about it): they are there.
Persian rugs, antique rugs, older than many students parents and then some. They accumulate dust and the dirt of thousands of geet over the years, but they still tell a story. A story of the aesthetic of the time, of the choices architects and designers make, of what people consider to be luxury.

Apparently, for even a castle-like school with soaring stained glass and spindling roofs and booming bell towers, a rug can make all the difference between mediocrity and luxury. Many newer schools just don't have rooms that would look right with a Persian rug. Many schols think they can't get one because they aren't old enough.

They're wrong. A rug like that can look great in almost any room. But it's true: there's something about the grandiosity of old New England private universities, the decadence of all that money, that goes particularly well with the beauty and pomp and circumstance of a very old, very expensive bit of carpeting. Maybe they're deluding themselves, trying to grasp a small part of bygone days whose remnants haunt the campus. Or maybe, they just have good taste: Persian rugs look good everywhere.

Persian Rug Choices

06-15-2011  |  By: Azaad |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
Persian Rug Choices
Buying a beautiful patterned antique rug for your living room, bedroom, or dining room (or all three!) can be a monumental sequence of decisions. First of all, you have to decide on what size of rug to buy: this obviously depends on the dimensions of the room you plan to house it in, and the aesthetic you're going for: a small Persian rug says something very different than a huge one that takes up the whole room
The second decision you have to come to is about color palette: some rooms look best with a dark maroon and gold look, some do much better with a rich green or navy blue or a deep, royal purple. And within these, there are permutations: green and black is so different from a green paired with a creamy white, or green and silver, or green and red.
One of the next decisions is what kind of texture you want your rug to have: there are different materials used all over the world, from wool to silk to cotton and different blends thereof. Also, threat count is super important for determining the kind of texture. If you have small children, they'll be delighted with a fine, soft cotton blend. If you want something hartier, you might want to go for more of a wool or something like that.
And last but not least, you really need to decide on the patterns you want. Many rugs are made in the Muslim tradition and sport only geometric shapes, but many others have images of plants, animals, and other critters scrolling across them. You can have a cool hunting sequence represented, or a serene forest. Or just a highly intricate pattern of swirls and circles.
There is a whole spectrum of choices to be made when choosing yourself a new rug: make sure you choose whats best for you and your family.

Persian Rug Representations of Forests

06-05-2011  |  By: Azaad |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
This is how weavers use Persian rugs to represent beautiful forests and landscapes.

Persian Rug Sunset

06-01-2011  |  By: Azaad |  (0) Post comment »  |  Read comments »
Persian Rug Sunset
I love my family. I love basketball and writing and drawing. I'm a happy person. Not that many people are, I've found.
I love people, and brains, and trying to figure out how people's brains make them do the things they do. Tracing the human ability of Theory of Mind to the left temporoparietal junction is like finding the tributaries of a river filled with gold flecks.
I love words. I love the unconscious effects words have on our brains, and trying to figure out how to exploit that to pack an emotional punch.
I am of the opinion that it is the writer's job to make the reader feel terrible. Angry, unbearably excited, bereaved, tense, lost,  and furious, furious, furious.  If your reader doesn't feel like crap, you're doing something wrong. People who make antique rugs also have this power.
My dad is a storyteller, through Persian rugs. He and I are similar in three important ways: we both like getting up early, we both like fantastical stories where things explode, and we broth write with colored uniball pens that leak all the time.
I have a hard time with unhappiness, in that I don't understand it. Everything I know about it I've learned from fiction. TV, mainly. Whenever Im unhappy, I feel like a very brief visitor to the land of the sad people. Not a native.
Im all about heroes being unhappy, though. They need to be internally, subdermally conflicted. Im not interested in Jesus or Superman or even Neo because they dont have that inner awful that makes Batman so great.
Im open about everything. If I share too much, Im sorry, but sex and embarrassing stories dont make me blush. Well they do but I carry on anyway. For example: Im in love with a guy whos been with his girlfriend for six years. I sleep around, and thats fun, but seriously. I hope one day to meet someone who cn smash him out of this universe. (Also: Super Smash Brothers is the greatest videogame created by mankind end of story.)