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Oriental Rug Cleaning

oriental rug cleaning

The great hallmarks of hand-knotted oriental rugs are their durability and ability to be cleaned and repaired. Professional oriental rug cleaning and repair will not only keep your rug looking great, but it will also ensure that your oriental rug investment will last for generations to come.

Our client in the Hamburg area of Lexington, Kentucky was in need of some restoration for their 9×12 Indian Oushak.  This soft woven rug was placed in a main traffic area, and was also at the mercy of two large dogs that used it as a launch point for running across the house. (The main floor was all tile.)  With just a few years of use, this rug began to show heavy wear, damaged fringe, and torn selvedges (the bound area on the edges of the rug.)

First, the rug was professionally cleaned, using a delicate technique that removed dirt and soil from the pile without stripping away the natural lanolin oils in the wool fiber.  This brightened the light background, enlivened the color, and made the wool soft and supple once again.  Oushak rugs are desired for their high-grade wools and soft piles, so proper cleaning was essential to restore the wool to its original texture and feel.

After the rug was cleaned, damaged fringe areas were trimmed and secured to ensure further wear would not continue to damage the foundation of the rug.  All four corners of the rug had experienced heavy enough wear that the selvedge had pulled away from the foundation of the rug in large sections.  These damaged areas were removed and replaced, restoring the selvedges to their original condition.

After the cleaning and repair phase was complete, a custom fit pad was used to hold the rug in place on the tile floor.  Because of the soft, flexible nature of an oushak weave and the slick tile floor, this rug was experiencing undue wear and tear.  The use of a correct pad fixed this problem.

If you have any questions about oriental rug cleaning and repair, contact your local oriental rug expert.  DO NOT have your rug steam cleaned or dry cleaned.  Oriental rug cleaning is a delicate and specialized task and should be done by trained professionals only.  You can learn more about our cleaning and repair services 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!

Oriental Rug Water Damage

 

Mother Nature has been particularly unkind to the Southeast lately.  Our home in the heart of the Bluegrass in Kentucky has seen amazing temperature fluctuations, 3 feet of snow, and enough rain to cause flash flooding in the last 30 days.  With this crazy weather, our oriental rug cleaning service has been working overtime to help our clients who have experienced oriental rug water damage.  From flooded basements to burst pipes, here are a few tips for how to care for your investment experiencing oriental water damage.

Hopefully, your rug is only exposed to clean water.  This makes cleaning and decontamination much easier, and usually prevents color bleed.  Water from flooding is much more difficult to clean and often does not allow for restoration of original color and pile texture.

If the rug is still wet, it is going to be VERY heavy.  You need to remove the rug from the wet area as soon as possible.  You will likely need to use a shop vacuum to suction out water from the pile before attempting to move the rug.  Moving the rug while it is still soaking wet can not only damage the rug, but can also lead to personal injury.  Try to eliminate as much water as possible from the pile before moving.  Roll the rug, do not fold it to avoid permanent damage.

Next, your rug will need to be professionally cleaned, sooner rather than later.  Many people think that getting the rug dry should fix their problems, but that may actually be one of the root causes of their problems later down the road.  While the water from a burst pipe or flooded basement may look clean, by the time it reaches your rug, it is filled with contaminants.  Improper drying and storage of your rug will likely cause mold and mildew to set into the foundation of your rug.  Once this happens, the oriental rug water damage may be irreversible.

We know that you will have many problems to think about if this happens to you, but keeping your oriental rug investment safe involves acting as quickly as you can.  Contact your local, professional oriental rug cleaner as soon as possible.  If you do not have one in your area, contact your rug dealer.  They will have a cleaning service they can recommend for you.

Leave the rug damp (this may keep some stains from setting and becoming permanent.)  A soaking wet room size piece will be too heavy to move.  Some rug cleaning services have pickup services.  If not, you will need the rug to be as light as possible in order for you to transport it.  Use a shop vacuum to suction out as much water as possible.  If this is not available, a squeegee may also be substituted for decent results.

If possible, check your rug for any specifically damaged areas, such as rips, tears, or color bleed.  Be sure to let your rug cleaning professional know if you find any specific damages.

Assuming that your rug is cleaned quickly and does not have any major damage such as tears or color bleed, professional cleaning will likely restore your rug to it’s original condition.  Other damage success rate is dependent upon the type of damage, type of rug, and how quickly the rug was treated.  Hand-knotted wool rugs have our highest cleaning success rate.

For more information on oriental rug cleaning and oriental rug water damage, please contact us at 859-254-4412.  You can also get more information about our cleaning services at http://www.lexingtonorientalrugs.com/rug-care-cleaning/

 

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

2015 Shamrock Shuffle 3k

It was dark. It was cold. It was raining. IT WAS AWESOME! THANK YOU to everyone who came out to the 2015 Shamrock Shuffle 3k in support of Lexington Habitat for Humanity. People and events like this are what make this city great! Nice work Team Lexington Oriental Rugs, your shenanigans made us proud!

The Shamrock Shuffle 3k is an annual road race (for runners, duh) in downtown Lexington, Kentucky.  The proceeds from this wonderfully fun event support Lexington Habitat.  Lexington Oriental Rugs was happy to be chosen as the Presenting Sponsor for this local favorite among hardcore runners and first timers alike. Team LOR sponsors teams for many local charity events, but this team was our largest to date with almost 40 registered participants!

shamrockteamlor1 copyOur team represented us well in TERRIBLE weather!  While not all of us ran fast, everyone finished in style with lots of St. Patrick’s Day garb, one Gumby Costume, and one goofy dude in a horse head mask.  Three team members placed in their respective age groups, and both our women’s team and mixed coed teams placed in their categories as well.  Not too shabby!

The 2015 Shamrock Shuffle 3K (the 9th annual) was held March 14th, at 8am, in downtown Lexington.  This 1.8 trek through the heart of the Bluegrass is locally organized, and 100% of the proceeds go to benefit Lexington Habitat for Humanity.  Since 1986, Lexington Habitat has helped 400 families achieve home ownership through building simple, decent, affordable housing alongside community volunteers. Find out how you can donate, volunteer or get involved at lexhabitat.org.

shamrock shuffleIf you have read this blog before, you have heard us talking about Team Lexington Oriental Rugs. It’s a group of employees, clients, and friends that get together to participate in community events, charity road
races, and habitat builds. Team LOR is just our way of giving back to the community that has supported us while having a little fun along the way.  Why are we doing this? We like punishment. (Have you seen how many rugs we unload when we get new shipments?) And we love raising money for great charities. Would you like to get involved? Let us know.  We provide team members with a team jersey and sponsor entry into any events. Thanks for helping us to make our community the best!  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.

Oriental Rug Cleaning and Repair

The purchase of a quality oriental rug is an investment.  You give your hard-earned money for a product that you expect to look and feel good for a lifetime of use.  Normal wear and tear will take many years to damage your rug, but along the way accidents are bound to happen.  Professional oriental rug cleaning and repair will ensure that your investment survives unexpected damage and lives to be passed down for generations.

Oriental rug cleaning and repairWe are a retailer of oriental rugs in Lexington, Kentucky.  We also provide oriental rug cleaning and repair services for our customers to make it easy for them to maintain their investment.  It is important to make sure that your oriental rug is cleaned and repaired by professionals who specialize in area rugs.  Be sure to avoid places that steam clean, dry clean, or use harsh chemicals on your rug.

Take this Indian Heriz we recently cleaned and repaired for our local client recently.  She came in with a rug that was beginning to look slightly “dulled and dingy” and had area along the selvedge (the bound edges) that were torn and beginning to fray.  Without proper oriental rug cleaning and repair, the dirt and dust trapped in the pile of the rug would begin to erode the foundation of the rug causing accelerated wear and tear.  The torn selvedge would continue to grown and would eventually damage the foundation of the rug, requiring reweaving.

oriental rug cleaning and repairAfter an extensive cleaning, the color and softness of pile returned to the rug.  Our staff also repaired the selvedge and overcast the edge with double thickness for added strength in a heavily trafficked area.  This rug not only looked better, but was now softer and stronger than when it came in!

if you would like to learn more about our oriental rug cleaning and repair services, please contact us at 859-254-4412 or visit our website.

 

Shamrock Shuffle

Shamrock Shuffle

Gumby and Pokie be shufflin!

Looking for a way to contribute to Lexington Habitat for Humanity but aren’t good with a hammer?  Or maybe you are just aching for the first signs of spring so you can get out on the roads and log some miles.  Or maybe you just wanna dress up like a leprechaun with a few thousand friends on St. Patrick’s Day.  No matter what the reason, the Shamrock Shuffle 3K in downtown Lexington is for you!

shamrock shuffleLexington Oriental Rugs has sponsored a team to participate in the Shamrock Shuffle for the last five years, and this year we took it a step further and committed as the overall sponsor of the event!  Our team of employees, customers, and friends will happily shuffle, or maybe even race, dressed in full St. Patrick’s Day fashion.  Be sure to high-five our group if you see them on the course!

The 2015 Shamrock Shuffle 3K (the 9th annual) will be held March 14th, at 8am, in downtown Lexington.  This 1.8 trek through the heart of the Bluegrass is locally organized, and 100% of the proceeds go to benefit Lexington Habitat for Humanity.  Since 1986, Lexington Habitat has helped 400 families achieve home ownership through building simple, decent, affordable housing alongside community volunteers. Find out how you can donate, volunteer or get involved at lexhabitat.org.

If you have read this blog before, you have heard us talking about Team Lexington Oriental Rugs. It’s a group of employees, clients, and friends that get together to participate in community events, charity road
races, and habitat builds. Team LOR is just our way of giving back to the community that has supported us while having a little fun along the way.  Why are we doing this? We like punishment. (Have you seen how many rugs we unload when we get new shipments?) And we love raising money for great charities. Would you like to get involved? Let us know.  We provide team members with a team jersey and sponsor entry into any events. Thanks for helping us to make our community the best!

Here is our Team LOR Video from 2014:

Kalaty Murano Rugs

Kalaty Murano MR-562A basic rule of interior design is that if you combine antique and modern elements into your decor that your look will never go out of style.  That is exactly what you get with the Kalaty Murano collection of oriental rugs.  Classic style with a modern twist- old world patterns with today’s newest colors and minimal borders. The Kalaty Murano collection is a great way to tie your more modern style to elements of the past!

The Kalaty Murano Collection is a group of Oushak-weave rugs featuring narrow borders and patterns that are transitional interpretations of tribal designs.  Even without consideration for color and design, these rugs stand alone as a testament to quality, value, and durability.  Hand-knotted with high-grade New Zealand wool, and naturally dyed- these rugs give the look and feel of a century old antique with enough toughness to handle everyday wear and tear.

Kalaty Murano MR-563While the nubby texture and soft feel of this Oushak weave is excellent, the most recognizable feature of the Kalaty Murano Collection is the unique coloration.  Antique vegetable dye rugs display Abrash, or variations of individual colors within the weave due to changes in dye lots.  Natural vegetable dyeing processes use small vats and batches of dye.  And while this is an art form reserved for masters, it is still impossible to recreate exact shades of color.  The Kalaty Murano Collection takes this naturally occurring effect and amplifies it, with soft waves of stronger and lighter color as you move across the rug.  This not only adds to the antique effect, but it also gives a slightly more transitional modern feel to an old world pattern.

The Kalaty Murano Collection is soft.  It is beautiful.  It is durable.  It is timeless.  To truly experience this collection, you need to see it in person.  Visit our showroom to see the complete line of Kalaty Murano rugs.  Or visit our website here: http://bit.ly/15BvXoL