Oriental rugs vs Persian rugs: What is the difference?

If you have ever found yourself wondering what is the difference between oriental rugs vs Persian rugs, you aren’t alone. Many rug buyers and enthusiasts have asked the same question. These two types of carpets are sometimes interchangeably used to refer to antique handwoven rugs, so it is easy to get confused. Defining Oriental Rugs…

Why are Persian rugs so popular?

If you have only recently gained interest in vintage carpets, you have probably heard of Persian rugs. But what makes them so popular? It is believed that the Persian Empire first began rug production some 2,500 years ago. Persian rugs are of outstanding quality and exceptionally exquisite. They are truly handcrafted and unique. No two…

Choosing the right sized rug

One of the first things that you think about when buying a rug – other than the design – is what size to get. This can get tricky especially if you are a first-time buyer. One of the easiest tips is to create a draft of the layout of your home, or the room(s) where…

Is it safe to buy antique rugs online?

An increasing number of antique rugs are for sale online but how do potenial buyers know if a rug is genuine? An online purchase doesn’t give you the opportunity to see the rug firsthand or touch or feel it. As a result, you won’t be able to assess the pile, weave, color and other important…

Persian Rugs: Historical Art Alive Today

Some of the finest oriental rugs and carpets ever created are from Persia, where the inspiration and artistic spirit of the Persians are shown in the tremendous variety of design, colour, size and weave. These carpets have an amazing level of quality in both antique carpets and in current production. It is estimated that rugs…

Restoring Antique Rugs & Carpet

For well over two thousand years, antique carpets, kilims, bespoke rugs, vintage rugs and carpets have been prized not only for their beauty and functionality but also for their amazing durability. Collectors often explain their attraction to hand woven oriental carpets and rugs by saying that they wish to own a small piece of the…

An overview of antique oriental carpets

The term “carpet” derives from the Latin carpere, “to pluck,” probably because carpets were made from unraveled “plucked” fabric. “Carpet” has the same Latin root as carpe diem, literally “pluck/seize the day. An oriental rug is a heavy textile, made for a wide variety of utilitarian and symbolic purposes, produced in “Oriental countries” for home…

Countries that make Oriental rugs

Are you familiar with the countries that make Oriental rugs? The Orient refers to the East, and traditionally pertains to anything to the Eastern world, as well as the Middle East (also, Near East) and the Far East (in relation to the location of Europe. For English speakers, it is a common reference to the continent…

What is an Antique Rug? Industry Terms

Do you have a carpet but not sure how to tell if it’s an antique rug? Or perhaps the terms “antique”, “semi- antique”, “old” and “semi- old” confuse you? Let’s start with the basics. Rugs and carpets are a work of art. The prices are partly based on the current supply and demand. That coupled…

Magazine feature for Sticky

Here at Sharafi & Co, we challenge you to find anywhere in your decor that a handwoven carpet or rug will NOT look amazing. The magazine STICKY proved our position further when they did a photographic shoot on the beach. They used antique kilims, oriental rugs and one antique tribal horse blanket to bring a…

Magnificent Instrumental Duo From Iran Performs at Songlines Festival

Songlines held the fourth Songlines Encounters Festival at London’s Kings Place on June 5-7, 2014. In consortium with Ikon Arts Management, six talented bands fabulously performed on the event. One of the best highlights was the sensational performance from Asia minor and beyond. A sublime instrumental duo from Iran, featuring kamancheh (spike fiddle) and santur…

How to Properly Store Your Antique Persian Rugs

Do you happen to own an oriental or Persian carpet? Or perhaps have an rare antique carpet that’s been in the family for many years now. Well, in case the entire family will be out of town for a long holiday, one of things you need to be aware of is its proper storage.  It’s…

Over dyeing – How Neon Dyes Impact Luxury Oriental Carpets

There’s an interesting yet alarming new trend in interior design – neon dyed oriental carpets. There is no denying the impact these over-dyed oriental rugs can produce. We love the innovative ideas that keep the marketplace fresh and exciting but want clients to be aware of the drawbacks of this process. First, let’s take a…