10 Things You Did Not Know About Oriental RugsJunaid Arshad
We all know that rugs can spruce up an area quite beautifully when it comes to decor; whether it’s a room in your home or office. Rugs fill up the empty area and give a very alluring look. Sometimes you just couldn’t think of anything else than filling the hallways and rooms with the pretty and long-lasting rugs. Just like its common benefits, oriental rugs have some interesting facts that you would want to know. We have gathered a list of some facts that are quite unrevealed.
Pazyryk – the oldest rug
The oldest rug was excavated from Pazyryk valley, Siberia in 1949. Due to the origin of its discovery, the rug is known as Pazyryk rug around the world. It’s considered to be made somewhere around 5th century BC (Approx: 2500 years old). It explains how long the history of weaving is.
Enjoy better air quality
Do you know that rugs can improve the quality of air? Because of the ability to trap dust and allergens, it keeps the environment clean; providing you the fresh air to breathe. Also, rugs are a reason for not letting the dust particles from stirring back into the air.
Use Natural Fibers
Don’t ever use store-bought stain removers to clean your rug because they eat up the natural fibers that are enough to ruin the alluring look. Make sure you are using the most natural solutions to remove stains and dust from your rugs. If there’s a really bad stain, let the pros fix it for you.
Do your rugs are storytellers?
Do you know that rugs are storytelling elements? We have found iconography woven on the antique rugs that tell us something about the civilization of that time, the owner who bought the rug, etc. Hand-knitted rugs have a long history. Though, we also get that machine made stuff nowadays.
The Story of Red Carpet
The red carpet was used for marking formal roots for politicians and leaders, and important ceremonials back in 4th century BC. So, it’s a misconception that the origin of the red carpet was through celebrity walks.
Crusaders and Rugs
In the middle Ages, crusaders would bring oriental rugs home followed by stories of adventure and travel. Crusaders coming home with oriental rugs were appraised.
Vacuum Cleaning Was Scary
Another interesting and funny fact is that Hoover vacuums were so difficult to set when they first came out. The only reason is that most of the rug owners were offended if someone told them that their rugs are “dirty.”
Salt Brightens Up Rug
If you sprinkle a layer of salt on your rug for an hour and then vacuum clean, it will brighten the colors of the rug.
Antique Rugs are Usable
There is a misconception that antique rugs aren’t usable. If you find a decently used antique or vintage rug, buy it because they are the most durable.
Buy a Larger Rug
The most common mistake is to buy a small rug to cover up space. Let’s suppose you want a rug under your dining table, make sure that chair sits on rug too. Also, there must be at least two feet of space behind the chair when someone pushes it to sit.