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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

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.

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.

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

Oushak Rugs

Kalaty Kozan Oushak Rugs

You think the blankey your grew up with as a kid was soft?  You obviously haven’t experienced the feel of high quality Oushak Rugs.  THAT’S SOFT.  These hand-knotted rugs are the very definition of luxury and style… and one of the overall goals in the weaving process is to create the softest, smoothest, best feel you can get underfoot.  Want to feel what we are talking about?

Oushak originated in Western Turkey at the beginning of the Ottoman period. Collectors and museums revere originals as great masterpieces of early Turkish carpet weaving from the fifteenth to the seventeenth centuries.  They vary in pattern with central medallion designs as well as patterns of smaller allover medallions or scattered sprays of vine scroll and palmettes. They are notable for the grand, monumental scale of the designs, often a subdued palette in soft apricot and golden saffron tones whose pleasing qualities are enhanced by their particularly soft and lustrous wool.

While original, antique Oushak rugs may be out of our price range, recent innovations in weaving techniques have brought reproduction Oushaks within reach of most homeowners.  The resurgence of hand-spun wool and vegetable dye weaving, in combination with the import of high-grade New Zealand wool has allowed many manufacturers to create a look and feel that is almost inseparable from the original antique rugs.  These new pieces look like masterpieces, but cost much, much less.

The Kozan collection by Kalaty Rugs is one of our favorites.  Easy on the eye and soft underfoot, the rugs in the Kozan collection feature 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. So very fashionable!  You can see the Kozan collection in our showroom, or see them on our website here: http://bit.ly/1tncWex

My personal favorite is the KZ-126.  The soft yellows and light blues give a room a touch of color without being overly aggressive.  Truly beautiful.  See it here: www.lexingtonorientalrugs.com/rug/1750/Vintage_Home_-_Konya