Thursday, October 23, 2014

Beautiful New Persian Rugs in Today!

Here you are: they will be up on my site by tomorrow. Most of these are smaller and medium sized rugs; 5 x 7, 4 x 6. All of these pieces are genuine Persian tribal rugs from Iran, brought into the US before the 2010 Embargo. Woven with hand spun wool and plant based dyes, each piece is unique and one-of-a-kind. The first two pieces have the Tree of Life design with an accent design based on the weeping willow. The third rug down is a Qashqai (classic and traditional Qashqai) and gorgeous! Love this one. The last rug is a Khamseh or Khamsehbaf. Khamseh is a tribal affiliation in Iran and baf means "woven by".

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

What Does Taking a Rug On Approval Mean? Oriental rugs, Persian rugs, Handmade rugs.

There are two things one must know in order to purchase a hand woven Oriental rug. The first is that when you look at the rug, you love it; the colors, the design (drawing) and the whole piece are beautiful and interesting to you. You want to continue to look at it. This is the sign of a potential keeper!

The second is this: will this rug work well in my home? Factors that may affect how well the rug works are: lighting, colors of your furniture, drapes and walls, size of the rug being appropriate for the space and the overall mood of the rug. Is is complimentary to the room it is being placed in? If the rug does not bring the space to life and enhance the total look of the room then that particular rug is not the correct one.  Of course there are other considerations such as price, trust of the merchant, etc., but these first two are paramount.

The first consideration can be ascertained at the gallery of your choice.  The second factor you will only discover when you take the rug home, put it down and look.  Unless you are on vacation in a foreign country and it is a decision that you must make forthwith, reputable rug stores here in the US will always allow you to take a rug, "on an approval" basis. This means that you are able to take it home and see if it looks as wonderful, in your home as you thought it might.

The most rugs I have ever allowed a client to take on approval at one time was 13. This sounds like a tremendous number of rugs but actually many of the pieces were very small.  Amazingly, when this client arrived back at my shop a couple of days later, he did, in fact keep 7 pieces. Again, I believe 3 or 4 were very small rugs but this was none-the-less a very good sale.

In shipping rugs out of state, each piece from my shop is shipped on an approval basis. I am proud to say I have never had a large piece sent back but seeing a video of the rug helps tremendously and often I will do a short video for a client of a rug of interest.

If you would like to see some of the rugs at my gallery, all of which are sold "on an approval" basis, here is a link to my gallery pages. Additionally, here is a link to the many Oriental Rug Videos on my You Tube Channel. 

Hopefully this information will be of use.

The UnderCoverRugLover:)