April 2018

How to get an Area Rug Appraised

You can call Shiraz Rug Gallery to get an appraisal. The insured value of an antique or semi-antique oriental rug is quite a bit higher than the market value and is typically lower than the sentimental value. It is recommended to have the value of any appraised rug in the home assessed every 5 years. An appraisal will be based on our combined experience and schooling.
The determination of the actual dollar value of a rug is the job of a Certified Rug Appraiser. We will be happy to recommend one of these professionals to you if you like.
We offer two types of appraisals: verbal and written.
A verbal appraisal is useful for anyone who is curious about a rug’s origins, history and value. Whether it’s for purposes of selling your rug or just to satisfy your own curiosity and learn about a family heirloom, many people find this type of appraisal very useful. While it is always useful to see a rug in person, if you are far away or unable to bring your rug in, you can send us pictures and we will be happy to do this type of appraisal over phone or email. Read More…

Types of Area Rug Repairs

Types of Area Rug Repairs

If something happens to your beautiful expensive area rug you can rely on the Shiraz Rug Gallery to come to your home and access the damage and do the repair. There are many different types of damages that can happen quickly or over time.

• Hand Overcast - The rug is first unraveled to the last undamaged row of pile. An interior hand stitch is then inserted, locking into the foundation to secure the weft line (from left to right) to create an even fringe not foreign to the oriental.

• Hand Fringe Reinsertion - Warps (from top to bottom) are re-inserted into the foundation to replicate the original fringe. 

• Hand Sew Pre-woven Fringe - A pre-woven fringe is hand sewn on to the end of the oriental (both ends, if necessary). This will stop any further unraveling and make the rug look presentable. The fringe can be removed, allowing the customer to restore the rug in the future, if desired. 

• Hand Serging - A hand sewn stitch is applied, which binds the edges (sides) of the oriental, protecting it from unraveling. There are several different stitches and styles depending on the country of origin. 
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The Construction of a Persian Rug

The Construction of a Persian Rug

The foundation of Isfahan rugs consists of cotton, often in older rugs, also wool or silk depressed warps and 2 shoots of blue cotton sinuous wefts. Depressed warps occur when the wefts are pulled tightly from either side, displacing the warps into 2 levels.

Wool yarn is tied to form the pile. The pile is close cut when finished which produces a clear design and thin yet strong rug construction. Some fine quality Isfahan oriental rugs can be found to have silk as well as metallic thread accents throughout the pile. The knot is asymmetrical (Persian) with 200 to 625 knots (and some higher) per square inch.

Something to note is that during the garment period, weavers of Isfahan used hand spun cotton, thus the foundation of the antique Isfahan oriental rugs naturally contained hand spun cotton wefts. Hand spun cotton have irregular areas where the thread is thicker in some spots and thinner in others. This irregularity can make the rug more attractive, rather than be considered a negative flaw.
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Best Type of Store to Find a Great Area Rug

Best Type of Store to Find a Great Area Rug

Find a reputable rug dealer with a long-term history and reputation for great quality and service like Shiraz Rug Gallery in Palm Desert and surrounding areas. Look at rugs—a lot of rugs—to learn what styles and qualities are available. Check out the range of prices for the types of rugs you love.

Avoid high-pressure "buy now" approaches. A dealer should take the time to listen to what you need and answer your questions. A reputable store will allow you to try the rug at home for a few days with no obligation.

You should also look for service after the sale. Buy from a dealer who will be around to deal with questions and concerns you may have down the road. Many dealers offer cleaning and restoration services and a select few own and operate their own facilities. Established dealers often have a trade-in policy on the rugs they sell and will accept rugs purchased elsewhere and try to sell them on consignment. Shiraz offers great service after the sale of your new rug.
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What to Look for in a Persian Area Rug

Shiraz Rug Gallery offers a variety of beautiful rugs to compliment any room of your home or office. Think about what colors and type of rug you want to accent your room. Remember the Rugs are made to outlast most of the other things in the room.

The price of an Oriental rug is based on: 1. Quality 2. Country of origin 3. Age 4. Condition 5. Decorative demand

The weave should be fine enough to clearly express the motifs of the design. A bold geometric design may have less than 100 knots per square inch while a detailed floral pattern may require 300 or more. While tightness and regularity of weave are important, the quality of the wool determines the resilience and lasting patina of a rug.
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How to Choose an Area Rug

Decorating wisdom says that decorating a room should start with the Oriental rug. The reason for this is that there are infinite choices in fabrics and paints and an Oriental rug will outlast most everything else in the room.

For many people starting out on a project of redecorating, the world of Oriental carpet is overwhelming. Shiraz Rug Gallery has been in business since the 1980’s. Here are a few simple pointers we've learned to give our customers.

Before you begin, take a little time to think about size and color; it will save you a lot of time and aggravation in the showroom. Draw a rough sketch of your room with the dimensions noted and furniture placed. If you're shopping for a dining room rug, know the size of the table; you don't want your chairs falling off the edge of the rug when you back up from the table. For stair runners, count the number of risers (each step has a riser and tread). Most new rugs come in sizes from 2 feet by 3 feet to 10 feet by 14 feet—although some come in larger sizes. Runners are typically 30 inches wide. Read More…