Historic Anatolian Rugs

Anatolia is a historical name attributed to Turkey, the great Turkish Empires history features its rugs as an important component. As of today, Turkey is the largest manufacturer and exporter of hand woven rugs and carpets in the world. It exports to the United States, the European Union, China, and France earning its economy billions of dollars in exports annually. Being one of the most important export, the historical Anatolian rugs are unmatched in quality and labor involved while making each of its rugs a masterpiece. Turks learned to weave from Ancient Greeks, the Islamic label stamped on each of the manufactured rugs that featured floral designs, mosques, and textures instead of human portraits and animals. 

Modern-day designs and dimensions of the famous Anatolian carpets are a heritage to the Ottoman Empire. Under the patronage of Ottoman emperors, the industry got a huge industrial boom and encouraged the cotton industry to flourish within the Empire. Turkish cities of Ankara and Konya are hubs of hand-woven carpet industry. The most incredible and famous carpets are Mekri, Hereke, Ghiordes, Kula, and Jerevan carpets made of cotton, silk, and wool. 

The specialty of Anatolian carpets is its thick weaving pattern, the Turkish knot is made of wool or silk with cotton base and has the highest knot density, it is also called a Turkbaff in native Turkish language. Apart from the thicker hand woven carpets, the thinner carpets are produced with a special technique. To make it denser, the same motifs are woven around both the ends of carpets. The most common designs adopted by Turkish weavers are the geometric shapes and Islamic textures. The applications are numerous anywhere from floor coverings to wall hangings, blankets, or bedspreads. The color scheme is darker for geometric designs as opposed to the Asian carpets that comprise of lighter tones in their designs. 

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How to Determine if a Rug is Handmade or Not?

What if you bump into a handmade carpet shop somewhere in South Asia, or buying online? What you might think of the whopping price differences between them may confuse you as there’s no way you could identify between a hand-knotted, hand-tufted, or a machine-made rug. Well, if you stick with the article, you will come to know what differentiates a hand-knotted and machine-knotted carpet in design, price, and other features. 

When buying a rug from a store, the first test is to look for its pattern and design. If the fringes are properly arranged with exact symmetry, that means the rug is machine-made. It is because the fringes are added after rugs are finished being sewn and woven from the machine to give it a usual look. Also, the hand-knotted rugs have uneven strings and knots. It is because the handmade weaving takes several months and there may be human error. Also, upon cutting the knots, it would come out only piece by piece in a handmade rug as they insert each knot one-by-one while creating a pile onto the rug foundation. 

For hand-tufted carpets, look for the corners and fringes; they must’ve been glued or sewn to give it a natural look. Try pulling it, if it splits, it is hand-tufted or machine-made. The best way to check an original carpet is to turn it upside down and look at the patterns and design from front and back. If it looks similar from front and back and through the warps, it is oriental. The color combination is not exactly the same in oriental and Persian handmade rugs as they are prepared in a larger span of time creating a difference in the dyed fabric used. In contrast, the color remains same in hand-tufted and machine-made rugs as they take a lot lesser time than handmade. 

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The Difference Between a Handmade Wool & Silk Rug

It’s not a difficult choice selecting between a wool and silk rug. Buy a wool rug if you are going to place it to more human traffic or feet movement, or go for the silk one for sleek and beautiful look for less crowded space or for wall hangings. As we all know, wool is more abundant than silk, it takes lesser time to weave a wool rug, and it has longer lifespan, more than 100 years on average. On the other hand, silk rugs present royalty and class, it looks shiny, cleaner, and has more knots per square inch. 

Wool rugs hold better against the spills and thick stains, it is easy to clean and stand longer against the time and temperature. Wool rugs are thicker; they require twice a month cleanup with any vacuum cleaner. If you are not good with vacuum cleaner or your cleaner pulls out the fiber knots, it’s better to take it out to the sun and shake it thoroughly to remove dust trapped in air pockets. For silk rugs, the fiber count is higher per square inch, hence lesser chances of dust particles to settle in. Still, with a little dust getting into it, the luster may get dull lessening the genuine look of it. Wool is stronger than silk, the latter is 4 times pricey than former for its more knots per square inch and delicacy. 

Make sure to check if you are allergic to wool before buying a wool rug. For wool rugs, a cotton base is used that wears off quickly, however silk rug is all the same and does not rot from either sides or bottom. For durability, it’s better buying a bamboo silk rug that cost less and lasts longer than pure silk. 

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How is Child Labor Prevented in the Handmade Rug Industry?

The handmade carpet industry is plagued with dangerous activities and illegal dealings that is often too big for local policemen to tackle. These individuals usually threaten police as well with whatever power they have over them. It is for this reason that child labor is still a huge problem in countries where carpets are made. Children are forced to work ridiculous hours each day and they get very little money, if they get money at all. Their food rations are few and the conditions under which they work are horrible. 

Luckily there are many organizations that are willing to help and they do make a difference in these countries. The only downfall is that these organization are often self-funded and get very little money or support from governments in their countries. An example of a successful organization can be found in Pakistan and they are busy executing what is known as the ‘Combating Child Labor in the Carpeting Industry in Pakistan’ program. A number of manufacturers have joined this initiative to ensure that the world knows that they are against child labor in the workforce. 

The project has managed to help child workers escape the conditions of carpet weaving and several monitoring systems have been put in place to tend to the well-being of these children. They have partnered up with several other organizations and have erected different education centers where children are encouraged to go to school instead of go to work. These centers have already supplied non-formal education to 10,000 ex-carpet weaving children. 

Unfortunately these NGOs can only do so much without the necessary support. Recent findings have also shown that children choose to work in the loom factories instead of going to school. It has been reported that they often go in order to assist financially within their homes and that education is not regarded as a priority in the homes that they come from. However, this viewpoint is slowly starting to change as parents understand that education prepares their child for a better future. 

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How Can a Handmade Rug Impact Interior Design?

When people think of interior design they usually start thinking about the walls and what color it should be painted. Then they move on to the furniture and decide which pieces would accentuate the room best. Very often people don’t take into consideration the role of the floors and the carpets. They are also part of the décor and play integral parts in creating the best look for the home. Whilst it is difficult to redo the floors when you are renovating, it is fairly easy to make use of carpets. Here are a few ways in which interior design and rugs play significant roles in decorating a room. 

Visual pathways

Think of your hallway at home. Is it a very exciting look? Probably not. Most hallways look dead and empty because it is not really a room. This is the mistake a lot of people make. They make possible the transition from one room to the next and its décor must flow with the rest of the house. Carpets are a great way to help with the ambience in a hallway. Choose the right carpet in order to attract attention to the hallway as well as its surrounding rooms. 

Create areas in open plan spaces

Many modern developments are now being built with open plan kitchens, dining rooms, and living rooms. Whilst this is a trend that many young homeowners are chasing, it does become difficult to create separate styles for each part of the room. A carpet is a great way to create an enclosed area where you can let one style become dominant. Anchor your furniture by placing it on the carpet so that it does not get lost in the vast open room. 

Lighten up dark spaces

Unfortunately there isn’t much you can do about a dark space in your house where very little natural light comes in. A lighter carpet will, of course, break a bit of the dark and brighten it up. It prevents the shadows that are being formed from creating a flat and boring look. It also helps to lift the darker design scheme. 

There is a significant connection between rugs and interior design; one can absolutely not function properly without the other. 

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Rug Options That Dramatically Impact Interior Design?

Many homeowners often feel like they need a change from their day-to-day routine and then they decide to redecorate their house. This often costs a lot of money especially if you enlist the skills of an interior designer. Luckily you don’t have to spend a small fortune to give your house a facelift. You can simply replace your carpets. There are many carpets that are perfect for interior design; all you have to do is find the carpet that is perfect for you.

Here are a few ideas that you can use to transform your home:

Shaggy shag

The majority of people tend to stay away from shaggy carpets because they are difficult to clean if you have pets, but nothing can beat its luxurious feel. It is very 70s but retro is making a comeback so you might as well invest in it. Pair a shaggy carpet like this with leather sofas and chairs and a small cocktail coffee table and you will have a brand new living room before you know it at minimal cost. 

Patterns on patterns

We have been told our entirely life that we cannot match one type of pattern with another. We’re here to tell you that you don’t need to follow the rules. Interior designers have noted that geometric patterns pair wonderfully with rich Persian carpets. It is especially colors like grey and black that complement the red and black patterns in a carpet very well. Add to this a mustard yellow couch and you have a look that is out of this universe. 

Go contrast yourself!

One element that many people brush off is how contrasts in textures pair well with each other. Interior designers often add a hard element to a soft carpet so that the stark differences are highlighted and accentuated. If you have furniture with steel legs or a steel table then a soft Persian rug would definitely complement the style. You can keep the furniture on the neutral color spectrum but add one or two bold chairs to the room to bring some life into the environment. 

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