Eva Like Antiques
Antique Rug, Turkish Rug, Handmade Rug, Nursery Rug, Oriental Rug, Area Rug, Office Rug, Muted Oushak Rug, Ethnic Rug, 70″x48″, 177x122cm
Origin : Middle of Anatolia
Material : Wool on cotton
Keeping a rug clean is most easily and best done on a regular basis. Firmly brushing a wool or cotton rug with a stiff broom or using
an electric vacuum cleaner are the most straightforward ways to maintain your hand-made treasure. How frequently a rug needs to be
cleaned is completely dependent on how much it is used, its location, and its color (lighter colors show dirt a ibt more quickly).
Things to avoid :
Extremely high water temperature
Harsh chemical detergents (such as dry-cleaning chemicals)
Electric rotary brushes (only meant for machine-woven carpets)
Soaking the rug
How to clean up a spill:
First step in cleaning a spill should be to soak up as much liquid as possible by pressing a clean cloth over the spill, both from front and back of the rug. If there is no remaining stain, the rug can be dried using a hand-held hair dryer. Other common spills may be cleaned as follows:
Red Wine – After absorbing as much liquid as possible, wipe spot with white wine vinegar, and then with water.
Mud – Allow to dry and then vacuum or brush out.
Pet Urine – Absorb as much liquid as possible, wipe with sponge and let dry. Then clean with white vinegar. If still not clean, gently
clean with a mix of 3 parts alcohol to 1 part ammonia.
Never use bleach.
Cleaning your rug at home :
The only requirement is a large enough space to lay the carpet flat.
Cleaning solution: white vinegar and, either rug shampoo or a natural soap, dissolved in the water.
Test a small corner for color fastness: rub a corner of the rug firmly with a damp white cloth, then inspect the cloth carefully for traces of color.
Bush and beat the rug throughly to remove loose particles.
Lay rug flat, dip brush in water, then wipe with firm but gentle strokes.
First brush vertically, with and against the pile, then horizontally, side to side across the pile.
Apply solution sparingly, so as not to soak the base of the carpet.
Dry by laying the rug flat on a hard surface outside, or indoors with a warm air heating system.
Do not place anything or walk on the carpet until it dries.
ABOUT TURKISH RUGS:
Rug weaving have been a traditional occupation and cultural product for centuries inTurkey. Traditionally the rugs were created for very practical functions as saddle bags for horses and camels, as warm blankets, as room dividers, and even as baby cradles. No one knows exactly when the technique of carpet weaving first appeared; however, the oldest surviving rug in the world is from the 5th century and made in the Turkish style of a double knot.
Turkish rugs are made from five basic materials, consisting of sheep wool, goat hair, cotton, floss silk, and silk. The carpets have been naturally dyed for thousands of years using vegetables, barko, roots, and other natural products. The color yellow usually
comes from onion skin or saffron; browns are created from pine cones or dry tobacco leaves; blue emerges from indigo; reds arise from cochineal or madder root. Since the 19th century, synthetic dyes have also been used.
The art of carpet weaving continued and developed throughout Turkish history. Towards the end of the 14th century, these rugs began to enter European homes, churches and castles. Travelers and merchants to the Middle East began bringing the rugs home with them. In the 16th century “Classical Ottoman Rugs” emerged, in which the designs and colors on the rug were determined by palace artists and then sent to weaving centers. The designs of this time, which consisted of twisting branches, leaves, and flowers such as tulips, carnations and hyacinths, were woven in a naturalistic style and established the basic composition of the rug. This
style can still be found in Turkish rugs today.
There are many different types of motifs and emblems which can be seen on Turkish rugs. They are usually either geometrical and stylized motifs or nature and floral designs. These compositions, motifs, and designs are not created at random. Instead they represent meaningful symbols. Some of the most common motifs on rugs include the “Tree of Life” symbolizing long life and re-birth, the “Horns of Animals” symbolizing power, the “Hands on Hips” symbolizing female fertility and the mother of God, as well as the “Hanging Candle” symbolizing holy (eternal) light.
The “eye motif” can be seen on the carpet opposite. It is believed that the best way to prevent harm from coming to one’s self is to ward it off with an “eye.” Woven into the carpets and rugs are traditional symbols that tell a story and have meaning. Different regions and designers utilize various motifs and symbols to create a rug. Turkish rugs are usually named after the town or region where they are made, and each type is distinctive
Today, Turkish rugs serve not only practical functions as floor or wall coverings to keep out the cold, but they are also used as prayer rugs by Muslims. Rugs are also often traditionally a part of wedding and funeral ceremonies. The floors of mosques are often covered by rugs and in Turkey there is a tradition of donating carpets to mosques.