We offer traditional and oriental rugs in all types of design and historic patterns, and all materials and rug making methods. The traditions of oriental style rugs can enhance any home setting, from classic period looks to the latest in cosmopolitan apartments. These rugs continue the designs and themes of traditional rug-making, bringing timeless looks and an elegant touch to the home. We also ensure that we include a large range of sizes right up to extra large traditional and oriental rugs
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Quick guide to traditional, oriental rugsToday's traditional rugs are usually based on the hand woven rugs that flooded into the UK in the nineteenth century and became a vital part of the middle class home. Most people associate these rugs with intricate patterns, often based on repeating geometric motifs, a selection of colours in a detailed design with an overall background colour, and a hand loomed wool pile..
The handwoven rugs imported in the nineteenth century, and historic rugs from earlier centuries, are now collectors' items.
Traditional rugs made today include hand knotted, hand tufted and machine woven rugs in classic traditional designs.
Handknotted rugsThese rugs are at the top end of the rug market, requiring hundreds of hours work, usually in local cottage industries in traditional rug making regions of Asia. At the moment, we recommend that customers deal personally with specialist antique rug shops for these types of rugs.
Many contemporary made handknotted traditional rugs have thicker wool piles than the classic antique rug. A good example is the thick, handknotted piles of the Taj Agra Collection, given extra antique looks with their hand washed finish:
However, an interesting, more affordable, addition is our new collection of tapestry style rugs, hand stitched in the Kashmir region of northern India. They include:
Traditional Handstitched Rugs | Handstitched Art Rugs
It's also worth noting the popularity of handknotted rugs with contemporary designs. These rugs tend not to have the detailed patterns of antique rugs, and have thicker, deeper wool piles. Examples include:
Cambridge Rugs | Oxford Rugs | Pacific Rugs | Seasons Rugs
Machine woven traditional wool rugsMachine loomed traditional wool rugs are a great way of buying a woven wool rug. Being machine woven, the designs are little sharper than the hand crafted look of a handknotted rug, but modern looms allow for intricate detail, and the pile can have all the softness, durability and lustre of natural wool. Some examples of our current power loomed traditional wool rugs include:
Afghan Rugs | Royal Classic Rugs | Chobi Rugs
Hand tufted traditional wool rugsHand tufted traditional wool rugs offer a deeper, thicker wool pile than woven pile rugs. These heavyweight wool rugs can have that real toe sinking feel, while the deep wool pile is supported by a canvas style backing.
Examples of hand tufted traditional wool rugs include:
Orient Wool Rugs | Agra Twist Rugs | Elegance Rugs | Imperial Rugs
Traditional Aubusson RugsAubusson design rugs are a popular type of hand tufted wool rug, often with the design hand carved into the pile for extra effect. Hand Tufted Aubusson Wool Rugs include:
Lotus Aubusson Rugs | Jewel Rugs | Royal Aubusson Rugs
Machine woven manmade fibre rugs (inc. cheap traditional rugsMandmade or synthetic fibres were introduced over the past century to find cheaper alternatives to wool, silk and other fibres. But today synthetic fibre can produce super quality rugs that are definitely not cheap, and can look and feel stunning. Most synthetic rugs are machine woven, and the most popular fibre is polypropylene (look out for heatset polypropylene, which uses an additional process to make the rug extra soft and long lasting). Viscose is also popular as a substitute for silk, creating a smooth and lustrous, silk-like finish. Our machine made synthetic fibre traditional rugs include at present:
Denbury Empire Rugs | Kendra Rugs | Lancaster Rugs | Million Point Rugs | Sincerity Sherbourne Rugs | Ushak Rugs | Viscount Rugs | Windsor Rugs | Zeigler Arak Rugs
Viscose, silk-style traditional rugs include:
Quebec Rugs | Nyla Rugs
Flat Weave rugs | KilimsKilims (sometimes spelt kelims), dhurries and similar rugs all have a simple flat weave construction without a pile surface. The effect is a craft like, hand made style, and they have become popular with people looking for an "ethnic chic" ambience. Most are woven in wool, through there are also some soft cotton versions. Some really nice, and affordable, versions machine made in synthetic fibres, are also available.
The recent popularity of flatweave rugs means that there are currently many contemporary designs. The following are just in traditional designs:
Caucasian Rugs | Gabbeh Rugs | Kelim Rugs | Carlucci Rugs
Traditional Rugs | Oriental Rugs | Persian Rugs | Royal Rugs | Afghan Rugs | Classic Rugs | Wilton Rugs | Woven Rugs | Sizes up to Extra Large Oriental Rugs
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