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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!

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.

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

Kalaty Delano Rug Collection

Kalaty Delano

Rug manufacturers have been striving to develop techniques to make new rugs look antique for as long as I can remember.  Every year, the get closer to creating a new rug with the look and feel of a 100 year old antique that will fool even the most discerning eye.  The Kalaty Delano Rug Collection is one of the finest examples of great antique reproductions that the market has to offer.  As beautiful in it’s ancient techniques as it is with today’s modern colors, the Kalaty Delano collection is a favorite among our designers.

Kalaty Delano DL-104It can be hard for us in the rug industry to select an individual rug that is our “favorite” in our collection.  I no longer have this issue.  The Kalaty Delano DL-102 has stolen my heart.  There is just something so perfect about the antique pattern with soft, modern colors.  The pattern is a slightly geometric, repetitive field.  The colors are soft beiges, golds, and hints of soft blues and browns.  Where the pattern may be slightly masculine, the colors are more feminine, creating a delicate balance that will look amazing in the right room.

Kalaty Delano Collection rugs are low-pile, hand-knotted rugs, woven as a stylish mix of traditional patterns and high-fashion colors. Hand knotted using 100% premium hand-spun wool and finished with a special wash, each rug in the Delano collection features a special luster and a signature luxurious appearance.  The photos here are great representations, but the texture that makes rug professionals so excited must be seen in person to truly be experienced.

We carry the full line of Kalaty Delano rugs in our Lexington, Kentucky showroom.  You can stop in and see them anytime.  We are just a short drive from Louisville, and Cincinnati. You can also see the full collection on our website here.

Kalaty Soumac

Kalaty Soumac

This Kalaty Soumac is exceptional.  It looks like a normal oriental rug (squinting).  It sounds like an oriental rugs (stomping feet across the carpet).  It tastes like an oriental rug (chewing on fringe.)  It must be an oriental rug…  Well, yes and no.  This type of rug is called a soumac, and they are a type of oriental rug in a class of their own.

Soumacs are commonly and generally called flatweaves.  They can also sometimes be called kilims, but there are structural differences between soumac and kilim weaves.  Soumacs are pileless and are constructed using a network of continuous weaves on a cotton warp and weft instead of individual knots. Soumacs generally require less time and skilled labor to produce, and therefore usually cost less to produce.  This cost effectiveness combined with a unique texture that many times mimics worn antiques and a unique range of color palletes have made the soumac very popular among interior designers and decorators.

Kalaty Soumac rugs are some of our favorites because of their quality and the variety of sizes and designs available.  These soumacs are double-sided flat-weave designs with a herringbone texture on both sides. Hand-crafted with the finest quality imported wool; patterns and motifs display a mélange of classic Sultan Abad, Mahal and Nomadic design inspirations.

We love how this design (see it here) brought a punch of color to a room with vibrant contemporary art in an adjoining room.  This customer needed a rug that would act as a blending point between a room with louder color and a softer, more traditional setting.  This did the trick perfectly.

We love the Kalaty Soumac collection and think you will too.  See the entire collection on our website here!  Thank you to all of our awesome customers!