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Friday, July 13, 2012

Vintage Rugs

Antique rugs are known as the lovely Kashans, Kermans, and Oushaks that are so legendary in traditional decor, but in this world of thick pile and intricate weaving, vintage rugs reign supreme in the world of contemporary design.  The time span to constitute a vintage rug is generally twentieth century, from the time of Art Deco to the 1970’s, and they can generally be divided into three main categories: Moroccan, Scandinavian, and the aforementioned Art Deco.  Of course there are vintage rugs which don’t fall under any of those three categories, but for the purposes of this blog post, those are the three categories. 

            Moroccan rugs have been similarly designed and produced for hundreds of years.  The styles differ as each region—stretching from the foothills of the Atlas Mountains to the coastal city of Rabat—have their own distinctive styles.  The traditional designs of the Berbers and other Moroccan weavers appealed to mid-century modernists for their bright colors or neutral tones, simple design, and rustically abstract appearance.  Moroccan rugs were popularized by the likes of Le Corbusier, Alvar Aalto, and Arne Jacobson. 

Vintage Moroccan Rug

            Like Moroccan rugs, Scandinavian rugs also have a long history of traditional design, dating back to at least the sixteenth century.  They are distinct with solid colors and geometric shapes, though in the twentieth century, the designs became more colorful and abstract, yet still nods to the northern weaving tradition.  Marta Maas Fjatterstorm was perhaps the most prolific mid-century Swedish weaver, leaving behind extraordinary creations that are highly valued and sought after today. 

Vintage Swedish Rug

            The Art Deco movement spanned from the Roaring Twenties, through the Great Depression, and to the brink of the Second World War.  It is one of the most definitive styles of vintage rugs, encompassing a large umbrella of styles, origins, and techniques.  During this time, carpet design transitioned from traditional millefleurs and allover floral designs to more angular and abstract styles, whilst maintaining elegance.  

Vintage Art Deco Rug

Friday, May 11, 2012

Did Moroccan Rugs Inspired Jackson Pollock?

Did Moroccan Rugs Inspired Jackson Pollock?

Over the years there have been many artists that changed the way we look at the world and art. The same can be said about antique and vintage rugs with one significant difference...

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Jackson Pollock Painting
Jackson Pollock Painting


Moroccan Rug Or Jackson Pollock Painting
Moroccan Rug Or Jackson Pollock Painting?

Friday, April 27, 2012

Buy Antique & Vintage Rugs To Help Save The Environment

Interior design - Decorating with antiques to save the environment
Eco Friendly Rugs
Eco Friendly Moroccan Rugs
The use of antique and prayer rugs and textiles gives a home owner the opportunity to introduce a flare of sophistication to their personal space. By decorating with antiques, a homebuyer or decorator can rest assure that they are not only adding style and personality to their home, but are also doing their part towards living a greener life. Antiques, especially rare and antique textiles, provide their owner with the quality of yesterday that continues to withstand the daily use of today.

Most decorating items that are manufactured today, are not regulated by laws such as eco-conscious practices. In turn, this leads to a negative impact on our environment and jeopardizes our environment for generations to come. By decorating with antiques, you can rest assure that your rare items are being reused in the most efficient way possible. This decreases our carbon footprint dramatically because new items are not being created in nonregulated factories.

Buyers can not denying the quality that comes with antique oriental rugs and vintage rugs (as an example). Manufacturers were definitely held to a higher standard in the past. This is why rare textiles continue to be very sought after decorating items. By breathing life back into an antique rug, you're able to show off your personality and creativity with a one-of-a-kind item while being confident of its eco-conscious sources.

By purchasing antique textiles, you are able to decrease the need for both the new and raw materials that would otherwise be used to create a new piece. In turn, this also helps to reduce the impact that manufacturing has on our environment and the ozone layer. This direct correlation between manufacturers and the ozone layer stems from unsafe manufacturing which emits harsh and dangerous toxins into our atmosphere. As a buyer of rare and antique pieces, you are doing your part to make sure that this danger is avoided.

Antique items are very beneficial to their collectors because they have already done their offgassing because of their age. This ensures that your collector’s piece will not have any impact on your indoor air quality. New items often admit unknown gases and substances into the air without the buyer's knowledge. This creates an unsafe level of air quality and any home or workplace, which has the potential to negatively affect people as well as pets that share the space.

It is a big misconception that newer items are considered to be better when decorating. The purchase of antique and rare items not only gives you a peace of mind when it comes to leading a healthier eco friendly and greener life, but they also provide a much-needed personality boost to your space. This sophisticated and worldly characteristic is very hard to come by in new items.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Antique Oriental Rugs

The Quest For The Perfect Antique Oriental Rugs

Antique Oriental Rugs
Antique Oriental Rugs
Oriental Rugs
Oriental Rugs Gallery
From the front of the store to the back, the antique oriental rugs were mesmerizing and you wanted to take them all home. As they lay on the floor and when you get a chance to walk on them, you just feel special – almost like royalty. They were bright, light and colorful. Some were made with gold colored thread. Some were long and wide, and others were long and narrow. Some were squared and some were round.

Each time we went to the store, we were hoping to take one home. One day, we did. It was so beautiful – as beautiful in our home as it was in the store. My parents laid the rug down on the carpet that was wall-to-wall, and it blended in just right. Its red and burgundy colored background just made the room pop against the lighter colored carpet on the floor.
Every time we stepped on that living room floor in the morning, noon or night we felt special to have this ever-present beauty on our floor. Some of our friends had them too but ours always seemed special and new. My mother kept it so clean and polished that it felt soft and inviting each time we passed through the room and when others would come over to visit us, they were in awe.
Having an oriental rug on our floor especially at that time looked like we were rich. It was more that my parents knew what to spend money on and having an oriental rug on the floor was a good choice. Personally, I think anyone who has the good taste to purchase an oriental rug is smart. Not only does it bespeak of grandeur and class, but it brings a certain style and glamour to a home, office or government building.

In fact, I believe I first saw oriental rugs in a government building in the middle of downtown. When you stepped into the building and onto that rug you believed that you were in a place of respect. That’s the other thing the rug produces in people, a certain respect for the building that houses it. Looking upon oriental rugs even today makes me smile and feel happy. These rugs will never go out of style.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Antique Oriental Rugs

Antique Oriental Rugs
As a child I remember the richness and the wool texture of the antique oriental rugs in my grandmother's home. Growing up with that connected warmth and feeling of home has always attracted me to antique oriental rugs with their rich floral designs and their captivating intricate workmanship.I love the amazing variety in textures, history and design. They add new history to a person's home. The aesthetic value is appealing, especially over a rich wooden floor with the antique rug serving as a unique centerpiece to the room.

Although they are a coveted item, I have never personally owned one in my own home. I have settled for small replicas in entry ways and under dining room tables. But, the heart still yearns for that satisfying experience. Playing in antique stores always makes for a satisfying trip when I experience the find of a new pattern full of its unique and exotic persona. The smells of time past and the handmade quality continue to attract and fill a small peace in my soul when perusing through a collection all seated there with their palette of eclectic intricacies. Visualizing each one with its own form of handmade beauty and rich patina that charms in its own fashion. Discovering some are partners of royalty or risqué partners adds to the intrigue.
Antique Oriental Rugs

If the money factor were not an issue one would reside on my living room floor telling its own story of places in its past and settling in to a new home making future history more interesting. The beauty and warmth of rich, colorful hues would bask akin with the comfort of a warm fireplace and evenings with fine stories with family and friends.

 It is a little dream, a small treasure hunt, but one worthy of further pursuit. The hunt makes for a small pastime with a possible good ending. The trek is a continuing journey of multiple little wins with each newly discovered pattern, or a find of one with an especially interesting story is experienced and treasured for a moment. Yes, one of those artistic oriental rugs may someday find its way into my own investment of collected, aged history. Only time will tell for sure.