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  • New Chobi rugs in stock!

    This November you can shop all the new natural dyes (Chobi) rugs at fantastic prices! We have a 15% sale on natural dyes for the whole month and you can find the coupon code on the website.

    Moreover, we have continued to add more gorgeous Persian style rugs to our website. Do not forget to check them out!

  • Coronation Carpet sold in Scotland

    THE HOLMS HEPBURN CORONATION CARPET, SAFAVID PERSIA, , 17TH CENTURY. 248cm x 216cm. Estimate: £10000 – 15000, Sold for £79.250

    On 25 June 2014, Edinburgh auctioneers Lyon & Turnbull sold  a fragmented Safavid period Persian carpet with a unique story.

    The Holms Hepburn Coronation carpet is a typical red-ground ‘in and out palmette’ design weaving of the 17th century, perhaps Isfahan carpet but with an untypical cartouche border, somewhat reconfigured into a  squarish fragment. Nothing too unusual in that, but before reaching its present owner, St Mungo’s Cathedral in Glasgow, in 1971, via the well known London firm of Duveen Brothers and two Scottish private collectors, John Augustus Holms (1866-1938) and Charles A. Hepburn (1891-1971), it was loaned for use at the coronations in Westminster Abbey of King Edward VII in 1902, and his son, King George V in 1911, as well as the marriage of Princess Mary in 1922, as evidenced by leather labels sewn to the back. In fact there were three Safavid carpets loaned to the Abbey for the event, including this one which sat underneath the throne upon which Edward VII was crowned. Of the other two, one, much larger, which covered the steps to the dais, is now in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, a gift of John Paul Getty in 1949. The other, which covered the dais, was most recently sold by Christie’s in London in 1997.

    Have a look at our modern rugs collection: http://alrug.com/modern-rugs.html

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  • Carpet Cleaning Tips

    Carpets are a great addition to any home, it acts as a filter and traps dirt thus keeping the air clean, but when carpet isn’t cleaned and properly maintained, it can be a source of allergens that cause respiratory ailments like asthma.

    Keeping carpets clean is simple and easy but you need to follow through on these tips that I’ll show you.

    Regularly Vacuum

     

    This is the first and most important step in keeping your carpet free from allergy causing dust. You won’t be able to see it with the naked eye but there is dust build up between the fibers of the carpet, you’ll need to use a bright light source like an LED to see it.

    You’ll need to vacuum the whole house at least once a week and more so for areas that are “high traffic” like the living or dining room.

    An upright vacuum is a must have for homes with wall to wall carpeting but if that is too cumbersome consider buying a cordless stick vac to clean high traffic area.

    If you want something automated try looking at robotic vacuums, they’ll vacuum your floors with you lifting a finger. They won’t match the power of standard cleaners but repetition makes up for it. You’ll not believe how much dust and hair these guys pick up.

    Clean Those Stains ASAP!

     

    When your carpet gets stained, you’ll need to clean them quickly to give yourself the best chance of removing stains.

    To remove stains you’ll need the right tools, have this in standby – at least 5 pieces of microfiber or terry towel, few rolls of paper towel, dishwashing liquid, white vinegar, borax, hydrogen peroxide, steam iron, spatula, bowl, and a wet/dry vac for sucking up excess moisture. A hair dryer would also be a good alternative.

    Some effective combos that’ll remove stains

     

    White vinegar, warm water and steam iron – mix 3 parts warm water with 1 part of white vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray this on the stained area then cover it with a terry towel. The steam iron will help lift up the stain to the towel.

     

    Dishwashing liquid, warm water and steam iron – this mixture will work for stains that have dried up. The recipe calls for a tablespoon of dishwashing liquid and a cup of warm water. Instead of using a spray bottle, just pour the mixture on the stain, cover with a terry towel, then run the steam iron over it a few times. The steam from the iron picks up the stain and transfers it onto the towel.

     

    Hydrogen peroxide and microfiber towel – this combo works well for dried up stains. You can pour the hydrogen peroxide directly on the stain then blot dry with a microfiber towel or saturate the microfiber towel with the hydrogen peroxide to blot off stains.

    Leave shoes outside

    This prevents dirt like sand and soil from seeping into carpet. In our home, we’d place a shoe rack just in the garage or a designated area in the house that isn’t carpeted. This may be a little time consuming but you’ll have a cleaner home, I think it’s worth it.

    Deep clean

    Once every year to year and a half, hire a professional to deep clean your carpet. This does wonders to the longevity and cleanliness. Remember that the cost of a deep clean session is far less than a carpet removal and installation service.

    Checkout our tribal rugs at: http://alrug.com/tribal-rugs.html

  • Flying Carpets in Vienna

    Flying Carpets exhibition display at Carpet Hall at MAK

    The Carpet Hall at the Austrian Museum for Applied Arts (MAK) in Vienna has just reopened to the public after an extensive and imaginative reinstallation that presents the museum’s permanent collection, including the world famous Habsburg Imperial holdings of classical carpets, in an entirely new light, perhaps shocking to some, but in which many of the most important pieces in the collection can be clearly seen.

    Checkout our ziegler rugs here: http://alrug.com/ziegler-rugs.html

  • Pazyryk; world's first handmade carpet

    Pazyryk carpet, world's oldest carpet

    The Pazyryk rug is the oldest surviving example of a complete rug discovered so far. It was probably produced in the 5th century BC by the nomadic Scythian people and was discovered by the Russian archaeologist Sergei Rudenko in a Scythian burial mound in 1949.

    Pazyryk carpet, Sythian map

    The story of the Pazyryk carpet begins with the Scythians who from the 9th century BC began expanding out from central Asia into western Mongolia, Southern Russia and Europe as well as the Mediterranean and Egypt.

    The rug itself was probably a funereal item and could well have been woven for that specific purpose and so was probably never used. The grave was that of a prince and so the rug itself would probably have been of the highest standard that was available at the time.

    Checkout our bokhara rugs here at: http://alrug.com/oriental-bokhara-rugs.html

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