Antique Reproduction Rugs

antique reproduction rugs

Antique Oriental Rugs have been a status symbol among the wealthy and elite for centuries.  Traditionally, antique oriental rugs have been reserved for the upper levels of society by high cost and limited supply.  In the United States, oriental rugs were not even readily available to the public until the early 1900’s.  With this status symbol out of reach of most consumers, manufacturers immediately responded by creating machine made rugs and handmade antique reproduction rugs for a fraction of the cost of the true antique.  Fast forward a century later, and handmade antique reproduction rugs have not only taken a large share of the handmade rug market, but have become the preference of most consumers.

Kalaty Allegro AL-636

Kalaty Allegro AL-636

Why is the antique oriental rug style so popular?  Beyond the status symbol, handmade rugs develop character and patina with use and age.  As the pile wears down and grows closer to the original knot and foundation, patterns get sharper.  And as natural dyes oxidize, they develop a softer color palette.  For years, manufacturers have worked to recreate the antique look in a new rug for a lower price, but most techniques involved chemically washing or manually distressing the pile which in turn damaged the rug.

As it turns out, the key to creating antique reproduction rugs that would pass the inspection of even the most discerning collector was not in creating new technologies, but in the return to old technologies and techniques.  Instead of spinning raw wool into yarn by machine (which creates a very uniform, perfect thread) manufacturers have returned to using hand-spinning wool, which creates a nubby texture and low pile.  Natural, vegetable dyes create soft, aged looks and striated colors from smaller batches of vat dyes (in contrast to chemical dyes which create uniform, high contrast colors.)

Kalaty Allegro AL-647

Kalaty Allegro AL-647

High quality antique reproduction rugs from manufacturers such as Kalaty, Pasargad, and Loloi take the process a step further with careful pile distressing and fringe dyeing techniques to add a worn, weathered look and texture to the pile.

If you would like to learn more about antique reproduction oriental rugs, visit our Lexington, Kentucky showroom.  We stock a huge selection of these rugs in various sizes, colors, and patterns.  You can also visit our website at www.lexingtonorientalrugs.com .

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