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2016 Shamrock Shuffle

2016 Shamrock Shuffle

We are just a little bit late in posting this.  We hope you guys will forgive us… Team Lexington Oriental Rugs came out to the 2016 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 one our largest to date with almost 40 registered participants!

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.

2016 Bowling for Kids SakeWe also had a chance to hit the lanes for the 2016 Bowling for Kid’s Sake event to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass. Bowl for Kids’ Sake is Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass’ largest and most successful fund raising event each year. For over 30 years, this event has helped to provide the resources needed to put mentors in the lives of children that need and want a Big Brother or Big Sister. Companies and other groups work together to create bowing teams of up to five participants. These teams raise donations by using pledge sheets.  Luckily for us, our pledges were not based on our scores.

Team Lexington Oriental Rugs is a group of Employees, Clients, Friends, and Family that participate in community activities to improve our Lexington Home!  Hugh James, owner of Lexington Furniture, was a Big Brother in the past, and has continued his support of the group by sponsoring a Bowl for Kids’ Sake team for many years.  If you would like to learn more about our team, please visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/teamlor .

2015 Midsummer Night’s Run

Midsummer Night's Run

It was the PERFECT night for a run through beautiful downtown Lexington!  Over 3300 people took to the streets on August 8th for the 2015 Midsummer Night’s Run to support Baptist Health Research programs.  Team Lexington Oriental Rugs was proud to submit a team of 12 to compete in a great Lexington tradition…  and our group took FIRST PLACE in the team division!  Way to go guys!

Midsummer Night's Run

Lookin’ strong guys!

Runners and walkers of every age have gathered for the long-running annual event in Lexington for more than thirty years. Thousands of spectators have enjoyed the downtown atmosphere and the entertainment and activities offered in 2015 was no exception!  If you want to learn more about this awesome event, check out their website by clicking here.  We would love to see you at next year’s event!

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!  www.lexingtonorientalrugs.com

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/


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 .

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.