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Karastan Sovereign Collection

emir-1024x1375If you could see a running list of our best selling collections from our showroom, you would see the newer Karastan Sovereign collection quickly moving up the charts.  You may be just as surprised as we are, considering that we focus primarily on handmade rugs and Karastan is primarily machine-made.  The reason behind the trend?  Perfection in color.  The Sovereign collection has filled a void that the oriental rug industry has created, moving away from corals, lights blues, and greens.  This collection of durable, soft rugs has become a needed solution for customers struggling to find colors that work for them.

It used to make me crazy.  Clients would come in with fabrics consisting of pinks and lime greens, and oriental rugs simply did not have that combination of colors.  We found a temporary fix with Karastans Ashara collection, but as tastes changed and the market became saturated with the same three rugs, people began looking for something new.

Karastan Sovereign AnastasiaThe Karastan Sovereign collection essentially expanded on the Ashara collection adding traditional designs and new colors that allowed customers to blend new style and fresh feel to their existing decor.  For example, we had a client with a coral color sofa that she purchased about ten years ago.  She has since gotten rid of the lime green accents and updated, but the coral sofa stays.  We showed her the Sovereign Emir, with minimal amounts of coral and green blended into a palette of blacks, golds, and blues.  It worked perfectly!

If you are trying to update the look of your home without completely redecorating, you should definitely take a look at the Karastan Sovereign collection.  It is durable, soft, and can work in almost any room. If you would like to see the collection, stop by our showroom.  You can also see them all on our website by clicking here.

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 .

Urban Mountain Challenge 2016

urban mountain challenge

The third Urban Mountain Challenge happened on January 30th, 2016 in downtown Lexington and Team LOR was there to take home some hardware!

The Urban Mountain Challenge involves climbing the 31 stories of stairs in “Big Blue”, the 5/3 Bank building in the middle of downtown Lexington.  This year the event had two challenges entitled “Climb Big Blue” (A stair climb of the 31 story Big Blue Building) and “The Downtown Double Challenge” (A five story parking helix climb followed by a climb of the Big Blue Building).  Proceeds from the event benefit the Downtown Lexington Corporation Foundation.

urban mountain challenge

The view from the top!

Team LOR has competed in this event before and was excited to field a team again this year.  ALL of our team competitors went home with awards!  Tim Tharpe was the overall winner of the event.  Becca Atkins placed first in her age group.  Amanda Lisembee placed first in her age group.  And Chad Tussey finished 3rd in his age group (not bad for a broken down old rug man.)

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 Project in Louisville

indian oushak oriental rug

We recently took on an oriental rug project in Louisville, Kentucky.  After searching locally for the perfect combination of oriental rugs to finish a new home, the homeowner and interior designer decided to make the 60 mile trek to Lexington Oriental Rug Co. to look for a solution.  After looking at floor plans, paint swatches, and fabric samples, we were able to make some suggestions about what we thought would fit the customer’s wants aesthetically and needs durably.

This home features dark, wide-planked wood floors, soft beige and blue walls, detailed white woodwork, and stone countertops.  Even without furniture or oriental rugs, the home was architecturally beautiful!  Our customer wanted a masculine rug in the office to coordinate with a rustic theme and adjoining rug in another room.  They also wanted a large living room rug to compliment the soft tones in the furniture that would be durable enough to handle heavy use.  The master bedroom required a large oriental rug with blue and beige tones.  This rug needed to be as soft as possible while remaining durable enough to handle to medium size dogs that have made the master bedroom their own.

afghan oriental rugThe oriental rug selection for the office was relatively easy.  The customer wanted brown and rust tones with a rustic feel.  (He also had an affinity for unique, one of a kind rugs.)  We selected a few Afghan rugs and he immediately gravitated towards this one.  The geometric patterns added a masculine element while the nubby texture of the hand-spun wool pile made this new rug look old and rustic.

For the living room, we narrowed down four or five selections to a single choice.  This 10×14 Indian Oushak perfectly blended the tones in the detailed woodwork and paint, while coordinating with furniture and fabrics.  The idea was to find a rug that tied it all together without stealing the show.  She wanted the rug to be seen and noticed, but not to be the focal point of the room.  Oushaks are known for being muted and soft, and this rug fit the space wonderfully.  (Plus, it is durable enough to withstand daily heavy traffic.)

karastan euphoria monoghanThe oriental rug that we chose for the master bedroom was selected by necessity.  Our customer had two primary needs that we took into account before color or pattern:  those were softness and durability.  We decided to look at the Karastan Euphoria collection.  This collection features Karastan’s proprietary Smartsilk fiber.  This fiber is amazing soft, feeling similar to a blend of silk and cashmere, with a built instain resistance.  Luckily, many of the rugs in this collection have a subdued color palette that worked well with existing colors and fabrics.  In the end, we went with the Monoghan Sandstone 90266-471.

We were elated that our customers were happy with our work and chose us as their source for oriental rugs.  If you would like to let our interior designers find the perfect rug for you, give us a call!  You can also shop our entire inventory online at www.lexingtonorientalrugs.com

Timeless Rug Designs

timeless rug designs

I spend a lot of time focusing on design trends, interior styles, and emerging colors.  These areas of interior design change quickly and losing track of what customers want in their home can be devastating to small businesses like ours.  The oriental rug industry is very aware of changes in the consumer market and work quickly to react to the changing landscape.  But even in this “wild west” of styles, some designs and colors remain almost immune to these changing tastes.  What makes these timeless rug designs so special?  Let’s take a look.

timeless rug designsAs it turns out, most of these timeless rug designs have common traits.  And many of them have been around for hundreds of years, while some of their design motifs have been traced back over 3000 years! These designs have evolved over time and have essentially survived through changing styles over centuries. They rose to the top, best of the best, survival of the fittest and all that…

The first common trait among timeless rug design is color.  Most of these rugs are dominantly red and blue with highlights of golds, soft blues, and green.  This color palette is one of necessity, not necessarily of choice.  Chemical dyes didn’t really emerge until the 1890’s, so until then people had to use natural vegetable dyes that they could collect locally and manufacture themselves.  The ultimate goal of ancient times was to create vibrant color, and reds and blues were the easiest to create.  That’s why there is such an abundance of these colors in the market, there are simply hundreds of years with no way to make greys, purples, or varied greens.

timeless rug designs herizThe second common trait is pattern.  Typically there are two variations of “field patterns”, medallions and repetitive motifs.  Medallion rugs were often prized, as it took skill to create a uniform medallion well centered in the rug.  Both of these styles are usually bordered with one of 5 major border types, but most of these involve repetition of floral or geometric motifs that “meander” or rotate 180 degrees every other repetition.  While all of these patterns can be classified as geometric or floral, they are all basically stylized floral forms.

The third common trait is origin of the pattern.  With the exception of just a few Indian and Turkish designs, all of our most popular timeless rug designs originated in Persia (modern day Iran.)  While we can trace back many carpet patterns nearly 3000 years, the height of rug design occurred during the Safavid rule of the 16th and 17th centuries.  These Safavid rulers placed emphasis on art, design, and architecture and the rug industry flourished because of this patronage.  These timeless patterns spread across the globe and represent the majority of most basic patterns produced today.

If you would like to see some of these timeless rug designs, visit our Lexington, Kentucky showroom.  We would be very happy to show you some of our personal favorites.  You can also see a huge variety of rugs on our website at www.lexingtonorientalrugs.com .

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

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.

Kalaty Carol Bolton Collection

Kalaty CB-889 Carol Bolton

If we had to choose just one single collection of all we have seen in the last few years that represents the best antique reproduction oriental rugs, it is easily the Kalaty Carol Bolton Collection.  Designer Carol Hicks Bolton’s unique combinations of color and texture, plus her love of antiquity are the basis for the entire collection. Kalaty has interpreted her ideas through a special production of high quality antique style rugs. And we are absolutely in love with them.

Carol got her start as a retailer of home furnishings Texas.  Furniture manufacturer, EJ Victor, took a special interest in how she would mix and match different fabric patterns and finishes to create an antique, eclectic look.  This was no coincidence.  In her own words, her style is all about layers, and creating and “old” look.  After partnering with EJ Victor to create an antique reproduction furniture line, they eventually also began working with Kalaty Rugs to produce a line of wonderfully done renditions of fine Persian masterpieces.

There are currently 20 beautiful designs within the collection, and each rug is like an heirloom, an exquisite relic from the past.  Premium hand spun New Zealand wool is treated with natural, vegetable dyes to create a soft, nubby texture and muted color. These exceptional rugs feature unequaled attention to detail through handwork, finishing, as well as careful hand distressing that infuses many of these rugs with the antique qualities for which Carol Hicks Bolton is renowned.

Kalaty CB-889While all of the Kalaty Carol Bolton Collecton rugs are outstanding, one design in particular reigns supreme in our hometown of Lexington, Kentucky.  The Bluegrass area is known for thoroughbred horseracing, the world’s finest bourbons, and small town atmosphere.  We love leather and hardwoods, and the CB-889 fits into our style perfectly.  This antique reproduction Serapi gives the absolute best look and feel of a true antique without the antique rug price.  We personally give the rug our stamp of approval as one of the best antique reproduction rugs out there.  Anywhere.  Period.

We love this collection and think you will too.  You can see them for yourself in our showroom, or click here to see them on our website.  THANK YOU to all of our wonderful customers for keeping us rockin’!

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!

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.