The Oriental Bug
September 14, 2018
Antique rug shopping is a passion for Kiel and I. Whenever we have a free weekend we love to take a drive and pop into some of our favorite local antique stores or peruse Craig’s List before bed for new oriental rug listings. I’ve been on the hunt for a blue and white oriental for ages but either the price or the pattern hasn’t been quite right. In my experience red based oriental rugs appear to be the most common. We typically look for unique patterns or colors in an assortment of sizes. For our factory we have purchased a couple of palace size rugs 12×20 and for our home we love to see 9×12 or smaller rugs for hallways, stairways, etc.
Over the years we have found some really beautiful rugs for both our factory and home for a steal. On Craig’s List in particular it helps to constantly check for new listings. We tend to jump on a rug we love right away as many of the local antique dealers and resellers also have their eye out. On a few occasions we have missed out on a rug only to find it a couple of weeks later in a local shop for 4 times the price. If we have our heart set at that point we always try to negotiate a deal.
A true oriental is always constructed by hand. We can usually tell by the knots. Some of the replicas are so close it can be nearly impossible to discern the difference. If it’s a beautiful pattern, the right colors, and of good quality I’m honestly more than happy with a replica. I won’t pretend to be an expert so I’m linking a couple of articles on purchasing and caring for antique rugs here, here, and here.
Every time we bring a new rug home we leave it outside for a few hours to get rid of any musty odors or allergens. We only do this on a sunny day and usually drape the rug over our stone wall, or over chairs, etc. Both sides of the rug should be exposed to the sun’s rays. After the rug has spent an afternoon outside we bring it in to be vacuumed. Again this needs to happen on both sides. Once the rug is as close as we can get to being allergen free it’s ready for our home. There is nothing that gives me more pleasure than seeing a rug tie a space together perfectly.