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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 Origins

Kalaty Origins OR-772

We live in and conduct business in the heart of the Bluegrass, in Lexington, Kentucky.  We are surrounded by thoroughbred horses and rolling hills.  Our beautiful home is known for bourbon and hospitality.  I like to think that we are living in a small town that is pretending to be big.  Typically, Kentucky style consists of mahogany and leather in federal style homes.  But lately, we are seeing more and more homes with contemporary or transitional style.  With this shift in style, home decorators and interior designers alike have been looking for a way to bridge the gap between their modern decor and traditional style homes. The Kalaty Origins collection of rugs has provided a solution with clean lines and simple colors to help tie differing styles together.

Kalaty Origins CollectionWith their simple-yet-compelling designs, the borderless rugs in the Kalaty Origins collection complement today’s popular transitional interior design trends. All of the rugs in this collection are hand knotted in a Tibetan weave using a combination of wool and Silkette (a proprietary fiber developed by Kalaty.) Silkette, looks and feels just like silk, but at a fraction of the cost.  And unlike most contemporary rugs with bold shapes and loud colors, these rugs are soft, muted, and utilize patterns that attract attention without overstimulating the senses.

Most of the interior designs we work with use these rugs to tie antique and modern together.  The theory behind this is that by mixing the two styles together, your decor will never really go out of style.  Why go all in on the newest style trend that may be gone in a few years, when you can get the best of both world to last a lifetime?  Sounds like solid logic to us.

We love the Kalaty Origins collection and think you will too.  They are soft. stylish, and an amazing value considering the amount of work put into making each one.  To see the collection, stop by our showroom, or you see them on our website by clicking here.  THANK YOU to all of our awesome customers for allowing us to be a part of their homes!

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!

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!

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!

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/