What is a kilim rug?

Among the many terms that you may encounter when you are perusing oriental and Persian rugs is ‘kilim’, which refers to a flat tapestry-woven carpet or rug. These items are produced from the Balkans to Pakistan and have been found to date back to at least the fourth or fifth century CE in Hotan, China….

5 interesting ways to use your oriental style rug

Such is the reassuringly traditional exotica that the finest oriental rugs exude, when you acquire your own oriental style rug, it may be tempting to simply use it in a very traditional way. However, oriental rugs are also works of art that tantalise and reward the imagination. It may therefore make sense to use yours…

6 great reasons to invest in authentic Persian rugs

You may be the kind of person to instantly fall in love with a Persian rug the moment you set your eyes upon it… or it may be a piece that fascinates and captivates you, but which nonetheless still leaves you considering whether you should take the step of actually making it your own. Here…

The Ardabil Carpet – the most prestigious of all oriental rugs in London

The oriental carpets and bespoke rugs that Sharafi & Co offers for the delectation of admirers of such works of art in London may be – if we dare say so – exquisite in their own right, but they are also part of one of the world’s noblest carpet-making traditions. For an even deeper sense…

A short history of antique Persian rugs

While, here in the UK, there are certainly many admirers of the aesthetic of antique Persian rugs, there is not always much thought given by many buyers to such pieces’ rich heritage and wider cultural associations. Indeed, the Persian rug will always be inextricably bound with the fascinating history of what is now Iran. For…

What are the best ways to clean oriental rugs and carpets?

Here at Sharafi & Co, we are proud to say that we don’t merely stock oriental and Persian rugs for purchase, but also offer an acclaimed antique oriental carpet cleaning service that caters to the very specific cleaning requirements of this type of carpet or rug. But what else is it useful to know about…

Why choose Sharafi & Co when you require Persian carpets in London?

There are few items of household decor that have gained quite the cultural currency that the Persian carpet or rug has. Its history can be traced back an incredible 2,500 years, and it’s fair to say that across the generations, Iranians have more than demonstrated their ingenuity and skill as carpet weavers. To this day,…

Most Popular Antique Rugs in History

Antique carpets and rugs have caught the eyes of collectors from all over the world. They are known to be representative of the history of the region where they were made and reflect the art as well as the political, economic or social situations of the community. The designs tell the story of ancient civilizations and…

Our antique rugs work even in contemporary settings

Even if, like many people, you are a great admirer of the kind of antique rugs that we can offer here at Sharafi & Co, you might not have imagined they would work well in a more contemporary-looking living space. Well, the truth is that such traditional and modern elements can be made to work…

Tea Washed Oriental Rugs

Find out here if you’ve bought a tea washed Oriental rug. Antique Oriental rugs continues to be popular as rooms accents. Vintage rugs have a way to make any room look elegant, classy and attractive. Both Oriental and Persian rugs are deemed to have more value if they are older. For over a century, rug…

Parts of a Carpet

Learn more about antique oriental rugs and get familiar with the different parts of a carpet. Parts of a Carpet Warp – The warp are strands of wool, cotton or silk fibres. They are attached to the loom from top to bottom, or in a vertical manner. It is used as the main backbone of the…

What to do if your rug is damaged

Do you know what to do if your rug is damaged? Oriental rugs are beautiful masterpieces and they make awesome coverings to your floor. However, in as much as you want your rugs to stay vibrant and undamaged forever, they are not made this way. The very nature of rugs exposes them to many factors…

Dye Bleeding in Rugs

Dye bleeding is one of the most common, and perhaps one of the biggest, problems for rug owners and cleaners. What is dye bleeding? Dye bleeding happens when a rug’s dye runs or bleeds from when it becomes in contact to liquid, and the fibre releases some of the dye. Fibres that are uncolored or…

Common Rug Problems (And How To Solve Them)

We’ve all faced one of these common rug problems. Perhaps you were absent-mindedly putting your wine glass on the table when you spilled some on your precious Persian rug. Or your toddler and your dogs appeared out of nowhere and were chasing each other with their muddy feet and paws running across your vintage carpet….

Indicators of Rug Quality: How Some Persian Rugs Are Better Than Others

What are indicators of rug quality? While Persian rugs are known to be the oldest and some of the best rugs in the world, it is also true that there are some Persian rugs that are better than others. J If you are a first time rug buyer, being knowledgeable will help you in choosing…

Prevent Damage to Your Rug

Proper care can help the possibility of damage to your rug. How to prevent damage to your rug   The shoe rule: wear house shoes or slippers. Not wearing your shoes inside the house means you are not bringing all the dirt and bugs from the street and leaving them on your carpet. Rotate the…

Materials Used In Oriental Rugs

Superior- quality carpets depend on the materials used in Oriental rugs. Handmade rugs are shown to their best when only natural materials are used in their production. The materials used in weaving an oriental rug have a great influence on its look when woven and even more so after being used for a long time. It…

Dyes Used In Oriental Rugs

The colors and dyes used in Oriental rugs is one of the features that attracts people. Good quality dyes enhance the design and breathe life into the design. The yarn has to be first washed. Then it has to be boiled with a mordant. To put simply the job of the mordant is to attach itself…

Handmade Rugs vs Machine Rugs

What are the differences between handmade rugs vs machine rugs? Perhaps you have heard of these two types of rugs – handmade rugs vs machine rugs. But to an untrained eye, the difference is not always readily identifiable. However, if you are looking to buy Oriental carpets or Persian rugs, knowing how to tell one…