Are you wondering how should you choose a good quality rug? Choosing a good-quality rug can be a challenge for most of us, as long as they play an important role in our home decoration and even our health, especially when it comes to choosing a hand-knotted, it requires a little bit of knowledge. I am going to tell you easy and quick secrets to help you choose a good quality hand-knotted rug.
Most of the time hand-knotted rugs have woollen piles, good quality wool is always soft, especially if you are buying a high pile rug like Heriz rugs. Wools from different races and even different times of picking have different qualities (softness and durability). The best time for picking wools is springtime.
Some hand-knotted rugs also have silk piles too. They are more expensive as silk is a more expensive material than wool. Silk also is a bit rougher than wool. You should know good quality silk always shines beautifully.
- Check the warp by Pulling fringe
The pile is always knotted on the wraps so they are the foundation of the rug and have to be healthy and strong. You can check the wraps by pulling the fringe yarns with medium pressure. If it is torn, it’s a bad sign.
- Pay attention to the rug fringe
Don’t forget to check if the Rug fringe is the original one or not. Sometimes they attach a new one later and so If you saw a sign of attachment, they must have been added later and this is not a good sign.
Some rugs have kilim weaving in the beginning and finishing part of the rug, which strengthens the knots and keeps the fringe healthy for a longer time and these rugs will last for generations.
You can check every hand-knotted rug with these simple three techniques.
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We love animals and most people like to keep them as a pet in their homes and take care of them in the best possible way. We should think twice about buying everything for our home if we have pets. Rugs are so important because our four-legged friends are in close interaction with them all the time so there are a couple of things we have to consider if we want to have a pet-friendly and cozy home.
- Which materials are pet-friendly and why?
Of course, rugs are playing an important role in our home decor and also in the health of our pets. There are a couple of aspects of rugs that can affect the health of our pets. No matter what kind of rug you have or you are going to buy, rugs are made of threads, and threads are made from thousands of fibres. these fibres can be separated from your rug and simply enter your or your pet’s body by breathing. If your rug is made of organic materials such as wool, silk, or cotton it doesn’t cause any problems but machine-made rugs are mostly made of synthetic yarns like polyester that are dangerous for health and can cause many problems like digestive problems. However, wool has a self-cleaning effect that even inhibits the growth of some bacterias.
Another thing that makes some machine-made rugs dangerous is the glue. Glue is used to fix yarns that mostly is visible behind the rug. After a while the glue will be expired, it will turn into powder and the powder can go everywhere, somehow enter your pet’s body. Hand-made or hand-knotted rugs don’t have any glue and some of them are even dyed with natural colours, so they are pretty safe for your pets.
So the most pet-friendly materials are natural materials like wool, silk, and cotton and wool is the best, because of the self-cleaning effect. Handknotted Persian rugs are mostly made of wool, warp and weft or wool on wool, wool on cotton, and wool on silk.
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In the next article, I want to describe how to keep your hand-knotted rug clean and beautiful.
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For many years people have used different things to symbolize their feelings, thoughts and beliefs. Colours are one of those things that human beings have used to express themselves.
Based on Persian mythology Ahura Mazda or the god of truth, was light and his first daughter was colour, so we can see lots of colours in Iranian art before and after Islam. Colours can directly affect our soul, and our behaviours and Iranian artists were aware of this, so they use them wisely in different kinds of arts like architecture, rug design, etc.
One of the most important colours in Persian culture is red. For example in the northwest of Iran bride’s dress used to be red symbolizing love, passion, and health. Iranian people celebrate Yalda (the longest night of the year) and they spatially eat pomegranates and watermelons on that night because the red colour symbolizes life or being alive, active and healthy and warmth in the winter. Also, red apples as a symbol of health and happiness are a part of the old tradition of Norouz to celebrate the Persian new year.
The most significant example of using red colour is in Persian rugs for decades. Weaving a rug for Persian weavers is like writing a book about what they like, what they think or what is crucial to them and by weaving rugs, they pass them through the next generations. Sometimes they use some colours or symbols because they believe it can protect and help those who are using that rug!
there are different ways to make red colours sustainably from thousands of years ago that two of them are the most popular. One of them is to use Madder, which is a kind of plant that artists use the roots for dyeing wool, cotton or silk piles. Madder is native in most regions in Iran.
The second way is using Cochineal. It’s an insect that is using in food colour too! Madder and cochineal both can produce the best quality of red colours and they are both eco-friendly and organic. overall there is always some reason behind every colour or motif in Iranian art. as red is the symbol of love so I wish you all a long healthy life, full of love.
Last night we were speaking with our friend, Yaser, and he told us a fantastic story about some kind people whose art will remain forever.
The story goes back to when Yaser came to Tehran, from a small town, to start his university degree in Engineering. Tehran is one of the most populous cities in the world, crowded with a lot of tall and modern buildings. Yaser rented a small room in an old house, located in a very old neighbourhood of Tehran. His 70-year-old landlord, Agha* Firuz, helped him so much as a young inexperienced man in this big city, and they became very good friends who helped each other in many situations. One time, Firuz cleaned the whole yard to make it beautiful for the arrival of Yaser’s first girlfriend. Another time, Firuz had a heart attack, and Yaser took him to the hospital. Yaser and Firuz would often meet to share stories over a pot of tea. Yaser had many stories to tell about all the beautiful women that he saw at University, but Firuz had just one story that he kept telling to Yaser many times, which was about the love he had for his mother and the last ten years of her life when he took care of her after she had lost her eyesight. Firuz’s house was very beautiful, containing many Persian rugs, which were handmade by his mother.
A few years later, Yaser left Iran to come to Canada to continue his education and to experience a different world from his home country. Firuz was not happy about Yaser’s decision, but he knew he could not convince him to stay and not go for a new life adventure. Yaser obtained a degree from a university in Montreal and then started to work in different places throughout Canada. One day he went to see the salmon run at Goldstream River near Victoria on Vancouver Island, where he met a family who was making tea over a campfire. Yaser guessed that they were Iranian, and by talking with them, he discovered that this family was originally from the same small town as Agha Firuz. Yaser asked if they knew Firuz and found out that they were his cousins. It is a very small world! Very sadly, however, the family informed Yaser that Firuz has passed away recently, and this was very hard for Yaser to hear.
Awhile later, Firuz’s cousins arranged to see Yaser again. They invited him to their home and showed him a beautiful Persian Heriz rug. One of the cousins asked Yaser, “isn’t it lovely?”, and Yaser responded, “yes, the colours and design are stunning!”, but Yaser was curious and asked himself, “why is this family showing me their beautiful Persian rug?” Shortly after, the family explained to him that this rug belonged to Firuz’s mother, which she made by hand, knot by knot, in her small house in their village. She gifted it to these cousins for their marriage, and many years later, when they moved to Canada, they brought it with them. Yaser now has new friends on Vancouver Island, and when he misses the good times as a student in Tehran and his friendship with Agha Firuz, he just goes to visit these friends who have the most beautiful Persian Heriz rug from kind people who lived very far away from here.
*Agha is used as a formal title for a respected elder before their first name.
Many thanks to Yaser and his friend, Cristen for helping me to write this story.
Before I start telling you the story, let me describe how it looks like. Mahi motif is composed of a flower surrounded by two or a couple of leaves. I was wondering why it called fish but there isn’t any fish (Mahi) in it?!
People have always wanted to explain what they see every day, so they create stories about different Gods and goddesses. One of these stories is the story of Mehr or Mithra the god of light, oath and covenant. Mehr is the protector of truth and all good things in the world, so based on legends Mehr was born in the water on a lotus flower, and there were a couple of fishes for taking care of the newborn god. some researchers believe that people used to simulate this legend by weaving a human face in the middle of a flower with some fishes around.after the rising of Islam and the rule of Muslims over Persian artists were not allowed to create artworks including human and animal bodies or faces, therefore Mahi(fish) motif changes into a simple flower which is representing Mehr surrounded by a couple of ordinary leaves instead of actual fishes in weaving carpets. as long as fish or Mahi (in Persian) is a holy animal both in Islam and ancient Persian religion(Zoroastrian) and culture, the name Mahi means fish did not change.
So just like every motif in Persian rugs, Mahi (fish) motif has its own story behind it. this motif was extremely important for ancient Persians as they have drawn it many times in different places. they even had semi-human semi-fish Gods based on Assyrian and Sumerian documents. Next time that you are stepping on a Persian rug designed by Mahi Pattern, you know about the motifs that are all over the rug.
Each group of people celebrate some days traditionally and these days are specious and important for them. There are customs that people do at these times and I think by doing that people feel more connected to their society and being a part of a whole.
We have a tradition around Christmas Eve in our calendar. Yalda Night is the second most important ceremony in the Persian calendar. The most common thing between Yalda and Christmas is red in colour!
Yalda is the longest and darkest night of the year (It was last night actually 20th December). It is a time when friends and family gather together(mostly at grandparents’ home) to eat, drink and read poetry (especially Hafez) until well after midnight. Fruits and nuts are eaten. pomegranates and watermelons are particularly significant. The red colour in these fruits symbolizes the crimson hues of dawn and the glow of life. The poems of Divan-e Hafez, which can be found in the bookcases of most Persian families, are read or recited on various occasions such as this festival and Nowruz(Persian new year)
As I mentioned before, it’s at the longest and darkest night of the year and In Zoroastrian they believed they should spend this night together and also happy to pass and defeat darkness (as a symbol of the devil). Yalda also means Birth of the sun! After Yalda night, days start to become longer and longer and so they celebrate that night as the end of darkness.
Nowadays people don’t think about the devil or darkness, all of these traditional things are an excuse to be happy together and make lovely memories. Also having pomegranates, watermelon, nuts and reeding Hafez poets are essentials!