Five generations in the Oriental carpet business ensure that we have an excellent track record and established contacts, ensuring the best selection of rugs and kelims. We import directly into S.A and this helps to ensure our highly competitive prices. Visit a showroom near you where our friendly and expert staff will provide you with excellent service and advice on your rug purchase. We can also arrange a consultation in your home, where our consultants will ensure the selection you choose will complement your style and provide a cohesive look throughout. We'll help you make your living spaces come alive with luxurious warmth and spellbinding beauty. Make your house a home with our wonderful selection of rugs and kelims.
What is an Oriental Rug?
An authentic Oriental rug is a handmade carpet that is either knotted with pile or woven without a pile. Traditionally, Oriental rugs have been woven in Iran , Turkey , Pakistan , India , Afghanistan , China , the Caucasus (currently Armenia , Azerbaijan , Daghestan) and Turkestan. Oriental -design rugs made by machine or any other method other than handknotting or weaving do not qualify as genuine Oriental rugs. The designs and variations used in Oriental rugs are so numerous that it would be impossible to describe all of them. A common misconception is that "no two Oriental rugs are the same". Although essentially true, the same design may be used in more than one rug, but since each rug is handmade slight variations in weave and design are inevitable. No matter how skilled the weaver, it is impossible to exactly duplicate another rug. Every rug will differ slightly.http://site2.webdemo.co.za/administrator/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&layout=edit&id=28
Oriental rugs are available in surprisingly broad ranges of colour and design to fit any décor and lifestyle. In some countries, such as India , Pakistan and China , carpet weaving has evolved into a mass-produced, commercial activity. This has resulted in rugs of a specific design being woven in a variety of colour combinations and sizes. In other areas, tribal women still spin and dye their own wool. The dyes are gathered locally from shrubs, roots and trees. These women weave what they feel and what they see around them, and do not work from a pre-made pattern.
Whether a rug is made in a large factory, a small workshop, an individual home, or by a nomad, is reflected in the designs and materials used.
It is thus often possible to establish where a rug comes from by what designs, materials and colours have been used.