Last updated 5 days ago
As far as rugs and carpets capable of making a lasting impression are concerned, a healthy and vibrant Persian rug has few rivals. To learn about the history and craftsmanship behind these timelessly beautiful, high-quality rugs, watch this brief video.
In it, Persian rug aficionado Zach Zaman explains some of the symbols that can be found on rugs and what they may mean. For example, elegantly leaping fish decorate rugs that come from coastal areas. Another way to identify the origin of a rug is to analyze the colors that can be found on it, as dyes were made from natural ingredients usually found nearby.
Are you considering buying a Persian rug that needs restoration work? Or do you want to reintroduce a Persian rug that has lain in storage for years into your home? For access to thorough, attentive, and comprehensive Persian rug cleaning, appraisal, and restoration services that always leave our customers satisfied, call East Bay Oriental Rug Cleaning at (925) 231-0918.
Last updated 15 days ago
Widely manufactured U.S. carpeting does not have quite the appeal of Persian Rugs, Turkish Rugs, and other fine Oriental rugs, but it does have an interesting history. Let’s travel to the year 1791 and spend a moment tracing the carpet industry’s 200 year history to learn some of the major highlights and turning points.
Sprague into Existence
In 1791, the nation’s first woven carpet mill was founded in Philadelphia. The man behind the plan was prominent entrepreneur and industrialist William Sprague. William Sprague’s mill set an entire industry in motion, an industry that is still spinning out new products and evolving today.
Bigelow’s Power Loom
The next major moment in the world of U.S. carpet manufacturing came with Erastus Bigelow’s power loom, which came to the fore in 1839. Almost overnight, the power loom significantly reduced the amount of time and labor required for weaving carpet.
The First “Simulated” Oriental Rug
In 1926, well-known retailer Marshall Fields made a smart move by having an Axminster weaving loom tweaked to weave a rug through the back rather than the front, mimicking handcrafted Oriental rug weaving methods dating back some 2,500 years. The result was a success and led to the creation of Karastan, a company specializing in simulated antique and updated Oriental rugs that is alive and well today under the umbrella of Mohawk Industries.
Enter Synthetic Fibers
In the 1950s, carpet makers started experimenting with nylon, polyester, and rayon. Coupled with recent advances in mechanization, the discovery that synthetic fibers could be woven into carpets that look and act similar to wool carpets revolutionized the industry. An innovation explosion took place, and the percentage of rugs made from synthetic materials soared from 10% in 1950 to more than 90% at the turn of the century.
As fascinating as it is to read about the history of carpet in the U.S., no mechanically produced U.S. carpet is going to rival a fine, hand-woven Oriental rug in terms of value or desirability anytime soon. To schedule a rug inspection or professional carpet cleaning with some of the country’s most talented Oriental rug restoration professionals, call East Bay Oriental Rug Cleaning at (925) 231-0918. We will take pride in preserving or restoring your antique rugs.
Last updated 21 days ago
When you own something as valuable as an antique Oriental rug, you may feel torn between proudly displaying the rug in one of your home’s most frequently used rooms and keeping it in a storage tube in a cool, dark area where it is sure to retain its value. Fortunately, Eat Bay Oriental Rug Cleaning can keep your rug looking like new even after years of foot traffic and wear, meaning you don’t need to keep your beautiful rug hidden. Here is a closer look at our thorough Oriental rug cleaning process.
Before cleaning an Oriental rug, we thoroughly inspect its front and back sides. We then make the customer aware of any blemishes that exist that could impact the rug’s value.
Regular vacuuming is an important part of an Oriental rug maintenance program, but it generally only removes dust from a rug’s surface. After completing the pre-inspection, we use compressed air to remove every speck of dust that has found its way into your rug’s fibers.
Once it has been freed of lingering dust, your Oriental rug gets a sort of spa treatment. In a bath filled with clean water and a cleaning agent that is optimal for your rug’s composition, jets clean every fiber and microfiber of your rug using gentle agitation.
After its submersion bath, dirt and cleaning agents will be meticulously rinsed off your rug. We use the purest rinse water you can find to clean your valuable Oriental rug.
Gentle, gradual drying in an atmosphere-controlled Oriental rug drying room is the best method for removing moisture a rug has absorbed during the cleaning process.
Fringe Work and Detailing
Once it has dried, your rug will be detailed. Special attention is given to rinsing and combing out the fringes to restore your rug’s vigor and feel.
MicroSeal Fabric Protection
Should you wish to protect your Oriental rug against stains and every day wear, you can follow up the cleaning session with a MicroSeal Fabric Protection treatment. MicroSeal emulates the natural protection that wooly animals have against such blemishes.
With the East Bay Oriental Rug Cleaning seven-step rug cleaning process, you do not have to compromise your desire to retain your rug’s enviable condition in order to display it as a part of your home’s everyday decor. Call us at (925) 231-0918 to learn more about our proven rug cleaning services.
Last updated 1 month ago
Designed in England years ago, MicroSeal Fabric Protection is a blessing for homeowners and collectors looking to keep their Oriental rugs in the best possible shape. Since it emulates the natural defense and protection mechanisms of sheep, MicroSeal Fabric Protection can make a rug more durable and stain-resistant. Another excellent quality afforded by MicroSeal Fabric Protection is defense against sun fading, a problem to which thousands upon thousands of rugs around the world are subjected.
Would you like to give your Oriental rug a fresh new layer of protection? If you live in the Bay Area, arrange to have East Bay Oriental Rug Cleaning spruce up your rugs. Our exclusive and proven 7-step cleaning process has proven itself worthy of the finest Oriental rugs around, and the MicroSeal Fabric Protection component of our signature cleaning process has turned out to be one of the most popular steps of that process. To learn more about MicroSeal Fabric Protection or our renowned rug cleaning process, call (925) 231-0918.
Last updated 1 month ago
Oriental rugs have fascinated the West since the first trade routes were established between East and West several hundred years ago. Even today, Oriental rugs are often made using traditional materials and techniques, as demonstrated in this brief video clip.
In it, you can watch a Turkish woman hard at work assembling a rug. As she works, a pattern slowly emerges in the rug she is weaving. One of the ways in which a viewer can tell that the product the vendor is working on is high-quality is by the fineness of the knots.
If you own a beautiful Oriental rug like the Turkish carpet being made in this video clip, trust its maintenance with a qualified rug cleaner in the Bay Area. To keep your rug in tip-top shape, we highly recommend you use the cleaning, repair, and restoration services offered by East Bay Oriental Rug Cleaning. To enquire about these services or arrange to have your Oriental rug appraised, call us today at (925) 231-0918.