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    A Brief History of Turkish Rugs

    Last updated 5 days ago

    Turkish rugs are recognized for their traditional weaving styles, bold colors and designs, and thick, lush wool pile. These rugs are a product of the Turkish people, whether living within modern-day Turkey’s borders or east of Anatolia. Turkish rugs may be either hand-knotted or flat woven. These functional works of art are prized throughout the world for their beauty and quality.

    Origin of Turkish Rugs

    The origin of the Turkish rug lies in Turkey’s nomadic peoples. It is believed that Turkish carpets were first developed during the Seljuk period, around 1000-1100 A.D. Some of the earliest remaining carpet fragments have been dated back to the 13th and 14th centuries. These early Turkish rugs featured distinctive designs that include the geometric hooked motif, the eight-pointed star, and the Kufic border.

    The Ottoman Empire

    The Ottoman Empire was founded in northwestern Anatolia in 1299 and continued to grow throughout the 13th and 14th centuries. During this time, many aspects of Turkish rug weaving changed. New motifs, fields, and sizes were introduced as many nomadic peoples built permanent homes and developed workshops. Workshops allowed for the production of larger, more intricate rugs. By the end of the 14th century, many Europeans were aware of the beauty of Turkish rugs, and these rugs became a valuable commodity.

    Modern Turkish Rugs

    Even since the 14th century, Turkish rugs have been a symbol of class and luxury. Today, these rugs are produced in over 700 small villages by descendants of the first nomadic Turkish rug weavers. The styles, colors, and motifs of today’s Turkish rugs have been passed down through the generations, still retaining the dyes, designs and weaving styles used in the first Turkish wool rugs.

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    Why You Should Avoid PVC Carpet Pads

    Last updated 11 days ago

    If you have an antique rug placed on your hardwood floor, it’s important to use the right carpet pad to preserve both your rug and the flooring it lays on. What many people think of as “rubber” rug pads are actually made of plastic (PVC). Over time, PVC secretes chemicals that are damaging to both the hardwood floor and the rug. PVC carpet pads are mass-produced in China and found in many major stores, but they should be avoided in favor of natural, untreated rubber carpet pads. Authentic rubber rug pads will provide the same non-slip properties as a PVC carpet pad without damaging your rug or flooring. Ask your local antique rug cleaning company where you can get PVC-free rubber rug pads custom fitted for your Persian rugs.

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    Understanding the Symbols in Persian Rugs

    Last updated 19 days ago

    Authentic Persian rugs, like many other great works of art, contain symbols. The symbols most commonly found in Persian rugs tell a story about when and even where the rug was made. If you see a bird on a Persian rug, try to identify it. Peacocks represent wealth, even royalty, while doves symbolize good luck. Color also has significance. Yellow symbolizes protection from the devil, and green is a holy color that is very rare. Watch the video for a wealth of information about the symbols you can find in Persian rugs.

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    What is Your Oriental Rug Worth?

    Last updated 25 days ago

    Is your oriental rug hand-made or machine-made? Construction technique is one of the many aspects that determine the value of your oriental rug. To find out what else contributes to the market price of your antique rug, read on.

    Construction Technique

    Generally speaking, machine-made oriental rugs have fewer imperfections than hand-made rugs. Hand-made rugs are worth more, however, because of the uniqueness as well as the painstaking effort and detail found in the hand-made work.

    Age and Condition

    Oriental rugs that are 50 years and older are considered old, which makes them more valuable. Rugs that are 100 years and older are considered antique rugs, which are highly sought after and valuable. The highest value oriental rugs will look like new, with the entire pile present, along with the side cords, fringe, and selvedges.

    Color and Design

    Minutely detailed design patterns, especially those that are curvilinear or rectilinear, will increase the value of an antique rug. Rugs that have 15 or more colors from natural dye are worth more than rugs with fewer colors, or colors made by synthetic dye. Rugs that were made using high-quality vegetable dyes or chrome dyes are generally more valuable than rugs made with other types of dye.


    The knot count factors into the value of an oriental rug, with higher-density rugs more sought after than lower-density ones. Fine materials such as silk and fine, Kurk wool are more valuable than mercerized cotton and dead wool.

    Because the demand for different types of rugs is changing, it’s impossible to determine the value of an oriental rug without a thorough evaluation. To have your antique rug professionally appraised come to East Bay Oriental Rug Cleaning, where we’ve been serving the San Francisco Bay Area since 1983. Call us at (925) 231-0918 or head to our website to learn more.

    How to Protect Your Oriental Rugs

    Last updated 1 month ago

    The value and beauty of your Oriental rug is significantly influenced by how well it was protected and cared for over its lifetime. To protect your oriental rug, you’ll need to be fully aware of the things that can harm your rug. In this article we will overview some tips that will help you protect your oriental rug to keep it looking great for years.

    Damage Prevention Tips

    Keep your oriental rug out of direct sunlight to prevent the color from fading, especially if it was made with natural dye. Rotate your Persian rugs to different parts of the house to lessen the amount of wear they receive. If you have a Persian rug, straighten the fringe by taking one end of the carpet and walking it to the other end. Do not comb the fringe, as this can damage the fibers.

    Stain Removal

    Tend to any spills on your oriental rug immediately, even if it’s just water. First, dab the spill using paper towels, moving from the outside inward to prevent it from spreading, and put paper towels underneath the rug to limit damage to the backing. You should only use water or club soda to clean a stain, unless your local Oriental rug cleaner advises otherwise.

    Proper Storage

    If you want to preserve your oriental rug when you’re not using it, it must be stored carefully. Roll the rug carefully around a PVC-free support tube, and wrap it up in clear polyethylene. Keep the rug in an area that is not too dry, not too humid, and has little exposure to natural light.

    Professional Oriental rug cleaning is essential if you want to keep your rug looking beautiful, original, and valuable. In the San Francisco Bay Area, East Bay Oriental Rug Cleaning is the best company to rely on for professional and reliable rug cleaning and repair. Call us at (925) 231-0918 to speak with an antique rug specialist, and check out our website to learn about the services we offer.

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