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Kalaty Kozan Rugs

 

Kalaty Kozan KZ-120

Searching for the look and soft feel of an antique oushak oriental rug, but don’t have the massive budget that accompanies 100 years of wear and patina?  We all are.  We know how hard it can be.  The struggle is real.  As a solution to this problem that has plagued interior designers and home decorators alike, we present the Kalaty Kozan collection of rugs.  All of the rugs in the Kozan collection features traditional Oushak designs that are hand knotted using 100% hand-spun wool in a Turkish knot weave. These vintage-inspired colors and patterns elevate your beautiful rooms to an entirely new level.

Kalaty Kozan KZ-126The Kalaty Kozan collection accurately recreates both the look and feel of antique Oushak rugs in a livable and durable collection that is also surprisingly affordable for the amount of effort put into weaving them. Traditional Oushaks are woven with the intent of making the softest pile possible without sacrificing the density necessary to create an intricate pattern.  In order to achieve this goal, high grade wools are hand-spun and knotted onto hand-spun wool foundations.  Natural vegetable dyes are also used to create soft and very muted designs on soft background colors.  (That doesn’t mean that Oushaks can’t be very brightly colored.  Many of the earliest Oushak rugs were brightly colored, but these designs were taken from other areas.)

Considering how much effort and quality go into these antique reproductions, you would imagine that the price would be elevated accordingly.  Amazingly, these wonderfully constructed rugs are very affordable.

See more of our rugs by visiting our showroom or check out our website at www.lexingtonorientalrugs.com.

Loloi Majestic Rugs

loloi majestic

With the overwhelming popularity of hand-spun wool and vegetable dyed rugs lately, it seems as if antique style rugs are here to stay.  Customers and interior designers alike love the texture and soft colors associated with this type of production.  Basically, these rugs look like 100 year old antiques without the extra cost that comes with a lifetime of rarity.  Does this sound like something you’re looking for?  The Loloi Majestic collection may just perfect oriental rug for you.

Loloi Majestic MM-02 IVThe challenge with most hand-spun wool and vegetable dyed rugs lies within their ability to be recreated. Particularly, oriental rugs from Pakistan and Afghanistan are very difficult to recreate.  While it is wonderful to have one-of-a-kind rugs in your home, sometimes you need multiple coordinating rugs in different sizes. Vegetable dyes are finicky.  Recipes are not exact, and thousands of variables such as temperature, humidity, and wool blends can change the resulting color.  Add to that the infrastructure needed to reproduce a particular color and pattern in different sizes quickly… well, you see how that goes.

Loloi saw the need for a collection of rugs with the same soft colors, nubby texture, and signature low-pile thickness of Pakistani and Afghani rugs.  The Loloi Majestic collection was born.  The Majestic Collection is the missing link that will transform your interior into an elegant home with timeless style. Hand-knotted of 100-percent wool, Majestic offers traditional, worldly designs that are harmoniously balanced, adding a sense of calm focus to any room. When you combine sumptuous, hand-spun wool yarn with earthy, vegetable dyes, the result is warm, familiar and exactly what you have been looking for.

The Loloi Majestic collection currently offers 16 coordinating designs and color palettes that are available in an impressive 14 different sizes including runners, rounds, and oversize 12×15’s.  While photos of the collection are pretty, you really need to feel the collection to understand the quality and effort that goes into creating each rug.  The experience will floor you. (Haha- floor you, get it?)  Visit our Lexington, Kentucky showroom to see the entire collection or click here to see them on our website.

Interior Design Details – Mixing Patterns and Fabrics

Sometimes the difference between good interior design and something uniquely amazing is the attention to detail.  We recently worked with a local interior designer, Ben Deaton with Pedigo Designs, on a project that required strict attention to detail in selection of fabrics for a custom sectional and selection of an oriental rug.  While the finished project looked elegant and simple, it was the interior design details that pulled it all together.

Interior Design DetailsBefore introducing even the first item, the room in itself was beautiful.  Large and spacious, the area featured an open concept floor plan with large double doors that overlooked a wonderfully landscaped patio.  The designer wanted to highlight this feature, bringing the beauty of this outdoor area into the living room.  To accomplish this, he selected a neutral wall color, and simple yet elegant draperies that accented the height of the double doors and windows.  Two layers of window treatments added just a slight amount of drama to the area, without drawing attention away from the beauty outside.

Our team of interior designers and furniture experts worked to create a very large sectional to accentuate the size of the space without looking awkward.  A standard sectional would look small in such a large space, so a custom sectional was created that was nearly 10 feet in length.  The depth and height of this piece were crucial to ensure that the piece seemed substancial enough for the space.  Accents such as nail-head trim was added to give detail and interest to the finished product.

A luxurious velvet fabric was selected in a striking grey-brown color to accentuate the colors in adjoining rooms and to coordinate with rust and brown outdoor furniture visible through the large double doors. Velvets present a more formal appearance. They often come in a range of many colors and have a luxurious feel, but are durable in their elegance. When properly cared for, velvets make long-lasting chairs and sofas (upholstered with cotton velvet).

To tie it all together, a 10×14 hand-knotted Indian Serapi oriental rug was selected with the perfect rust color to coordinate with both the window treatments and outdoor furniture.  This rug also had highlights of navy and sage green to add depth and a small amount of color to the room.  The large central medallion functions as a focal point for the furniture setting.

The attention to detail in this client’s space was meticulous and the results are fantastic! Our custom Vanguard sectional and Serapi oriental rug look amazing thanks to some awesome work by talented interior designers.  THANK YOU to all of our awesome staff, and customers for allowing us to do this work that we love every day!

New Oriental Rug Shipment

Our long-awaited new oriental rug shipment has arrived! Over 150 new, hand-knotted, oriental rugs in the latest designer colors and patterns have traveled from across the globe to earn a space in your home! From 2×3 up to 10×14, including runners and rounds, we have been like kids in a candy store opening these new rugs!

But it can’t be all fun and games.  Selecting, inspecting, and processing hundred of new oriental rugs is a lot of work.  Every rug that comes through our doors is thoroughly inspected, measured, archived, and tagged before ever making it to our racks for sale.  It’s kind of a big deal for a rug to earn a tag with our logo on it.

All of this effort guarantees quality and durability that will last generations. And we think our customers are worth it! We don’t carry or offer anything to you that we would not put in our own homes.  It’s a rigid standard of quality, but one we are willing to work with.  THANK YOU to all of our customers! Come in and see our newest shipment…  or see the entire shipment on our website by clicking here!

Decorating with Black

decorating with black rugs

Is black an absence of color, or is it a combination of all that the spectrum of light can offer? Either way, black can be vibrant, expressive, and beautiful. Our client loved how this Nourison Living Treasures rug turned out after being slightly hesitant about adding a dominantly black rug to her neutral decor.  Don’t be hesitant about decorating with black, celebrate it!

You could say that interior decorating with black has gotten a bad rap.  People often describe black as dark, depressing, heavy…  But the truth is that a little bit of black is essential in every room.  It can also be difficult to avoid.  It can add drama and style, and can provide a grounding anchor to a furniture setting.  It also allows all of the colors surrounding it to appear more expressive.

Black is a universal color.  It knows know decorative bounds.  It  can be used in any room, in any style. Whether it’s a sleek and modern couch or geometric patterned rug, or an elegant and feminine iron staircase, black can be masculine and feminine, formal or casual, severe or romantic.

Our on-staff interior designers insist that it is important that every room have just a little bit of black. It has a grounding effect that gives the eye a place to focus. Too many soft colors with nothing to ground them provide no depth, no drama. It can actually be confusing to the eye.  It’s not that you need to have a massive amount of black, just enough to tie things together. A few black picture frames on a wall, a black coffee table, black trim on the walls, or even something as simple as a pillow is enough.  Black can also be used as an accent is that it can tie a grouping of items together that otherwise don’t mesh.

As our client found out, black can be an expressive, vibrant color.  Don’t be afraid of decorating with black.  You can see a great selection of black oriental rugs by clicking here.  Otherwise, please come visit our Lexington, Kentucky showroom to speak with one of our on-staff interior designers about how you can decorate with black!

Decorating with Outdoor Rugs

outdoor rugs

After the long, harsh winter we’ve had in the Southeast, it seems that every chance to get out and enjoy this beautiful Spring weather is a chance to rejuvenate mind, body, and soul.  Maybe that’s why outdoor spaces for living, cooking and entertaining are more popular than ever before.  We’ve been spending a lot of time lately talking with customers about decorating with outdoor rugs.

Stylish rugs that beat the elements are popular embellishments to these popular outdoor spaces. Thanks to fiber technology advancements in durability, this new generation of rugs truly thrives and not just survives outdoors.  Mother Nature can be harsh, but we’ve found a few rugs that can withstand her wrath!

Today’s all-weather rugs are not only similar to their indoor counterparts in looks and texture, but they can add a vibrant, transitional touch to any outdoor space.  Like indoor rugs, they can be custom-designed, hand-woven or machine-hooked and come in a variety of colors. Bland beige and boring brown have been replaced with colors like scarlet, rich chocolate, turquoise and more.

Our outdoor rugs of choice come from Surya’s Rain collection.  I have personally tested ???? from the rain collection for three seasons now and have been amazed at the durability and resiliency of the structure and color.  Because of the this amazing performance and low price, this is the only outdoor rug collection that we stock in our showroom.

Here are some tips about how to select the perfect outdoor rug for your space:

First, think about how you’ll use the rug. Will it be left outdoors in all seasons or will you store the piece indoors during the winter season? Will it be under a covered porch, in a sunroom or in an exposed area like a deck or patio?

If a rug will be a permanent outdoor fixture, the entire rug — including the backing and trim — should be 100 percent polypropylene to withstand harsh outdoor weather, resist mold and mildew, and maintain its size and color. One of the best things about polypropylene rugs is they maintain their size and shape, even after a cleaning using mild detergent, a scrub brush and a water hose.

Another durability factor to consider with outdoor rugs is color fading.  Outdoor rugs are solution dried and (the fibers) are extruded with color pigment. That means the color is part of the fiber, not separate, so it’s colorfast.  A quality rug will not stain or fade.

If you would like to learn more about outdoor rugs or the Surya Rain collection, visit our store and speak with one of our rug experts.  THANK YOU to all of our awesome customers!

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 .

Kalaty Artisan AN-041

 

Kalaty Artisan AN-041

Kalaty Artisan AN-041

Sometime you just need to take a step back and take a look at the old world with fresh eyes.  There are hundreds of applications for traditional oriental rugs in modern or contemporary homes.  Our Lexington, Kentucky client recently remodeled a lovely Cape Cod style home in a more contemporary style and was having a difficult time blending her more modern tastes with the traditional architecture.  We suggested the Kalaty Artisan collection.  This collection of oriental rugs with traditional motifs and patterns with narrow borders gave the room a transitional, yet timeless appeal.

Today’s oriental rug manufacturers are faced with a customer base that is demanding more modern styled rugs to fit with traditional decor.  This is challenge to say the least.  If a design is too modern, it will clash with traditional architecture.  And sticking with the same old rug designs is a sure way to slowly disappear in the marketplace.  Top manufacturers have found that tweaking antique oriental rug designs and utilizing today’s most popular colors can be a solution to this design problem.

The Kalaty Artisan Collection is an excellent example of this new production.  Traditional, repetitive background patterns are employed and paired with narrow, simple borders.  This allows rugs to be placed off-center in a room and still keep the setting balanced.  Small borders give a more modern appeal and do not take away from the overall pattern while still defining edges.  Simple color palettes in popular colors are used… our personal favorite is the smoke grey.  Each Kalaty Artisan rug is hand knotted using premium hand spun wool.

Our client on Clay Avenue elected to use very simple colors on walls and furniture, allowing accessories and oriental rugs to bring punches of vivid color to her decor.  The Kalaty Artisan AN-041 was the perfect fit for her needs.  The warm tones brought out the mid-tones in her rough-hewn hardwood floors and highlighted accessories in the room.  The rustic texture is soft on her feet, and complimentary of other fabrics and textures throughout the room.  She loved it!

You can see all of our beautiful oriental rugs in our Lexington, Kentucky showroom or visit us online at www.lexingtonorientalrugs.com !

Loloi Nomad Rugs

loloi nomad rug collection

Is it time to look at the old world in a new way? Our manufacturers are making some amazing and beautiful new products using ancient techniques. The Loloi Nomad Collection is a great example of just how much can be done with new materials and design innovation in combination with old world rug making.

Featuring rich colors, ethnic patterns, and an earthy 100% jute fiber, the Loloi Nomad Collection from India pays homage to tribal design while updating the look for today’s interiors. The thick, hand-knotted pile and bold design make for an eye catching centerpiece in any room.

Traditionally, jute rugs are boring in pattern and color, and are simply not very soft.  The Loloi Nomad Rug collection is changing this observation quickly!  The sumptuous Loloi Nomad collection is distinguished by its plush feel and bright, bold color palette. Hand knotted with 100% jute from India, Nomad’s designs offer sophistication that works as an incredible centerpiece for a variety of room settings.

Having a showroom in Kentucky, the Loloi Nomad collection fits right in!  The colors, patterns, and texture are a favorite among our interior designers.  And our customers can appreciate a sustainable, biodegradable fiber (we farm a lot of fiber textiles here.)  If you would like to learn more about this collection, visit our showroom or check out our website www.lexingtonorientalrugs.com

Custom Kalaty Oushak

Kalaty Oushak OU-404If it were easy, everyone would do it.  If it was fast, it would be a commonplace occurrence.  Unfortunately, custom oriental rugs are neither fast, nor easy.  But when done expertly, they balance a room and make the decor stand out beautifully.  This OU-404 Kalaty Oushak was the perfect fit for our customer in need of a large round rug.

We exhausted nearly all options.  Large round oriental rugs just aren’t that easy to find.  Many manufacturers simply don’t make them.  Luckily, Kalaty Rugs has custom programs for nearly all of their amazing collections.  One of our favorites, and the perfect solution for our customer was the Kalaty Oushak Collection.

The Oushak collection accurately recreates both the look and feel of antique Oushak rugs in a livable and durable collection that is also surprisingly affordable for the amount of effort put into weaving them. Traditional Oushaks are woven with the intent of making the softest pile possible without sacrificing the density necessary to create an intricate pattern.  In order to achieve this goal, high grade wools are hand-spun and knotted onto hand-spun wool foundations.  Natural vegetable dyes are also used to create soft and very muted designs on soft background colors.  (That doesn’t mean that Oushaks can’t be very brightly colored.  Many of the earliest Oushak rugs were brightly colored, but these designs were taken from other areas.)

Considering how much effort and quality go into these antique reproductions, you would imagine that the price would be elevated accordingly.  Amazingly, these wonderfully constructed rugs are very affordable. Our customer was excited about the custom size program after seeing how the colors and patterns of an in-stock 8×10 rug looked in her room.  She was willing to wait a few months for her rug to be woven in just the right size and was ecstatic when we delivered and installed the finished product for her.  We were pretty happy with the results too!

See more of our rugs by visiting our showroom or check out our website at www.lexingtonorientalrugs.com.