Beginner’s Guide to Oriental Carpets

It may be difficult for beginners to find out if they see handmade carpets or machines made of carpet. Here are some tips that you can follow that will help you make a difference. Look at the back of the carpet in the pattern. Look for white or red or blue lines horizontally (to the edges) of the foundation thread. This thread is called weft. You might see a portion of the wefts only about one inch or more, and then covered with wool knots, but it’s important that the thread is horizontal to the edges. Sometimes horizontal threads move from one side (bound edge) from the carpet to the other side. Horizontal lines from wefting may not be absolutely vertical. Don’t forget, when you decide to clean this carpet, then you have to call a professional like our Carpet Cleaning Northern Beaches.

Look for the evenness in the colored knot on the back of the carpet. You might see some areas a little thicker than others. Now, look at the front of the carpet. Look at the design carefully. Very rarely the design will have the same size and shape from end to end of the carpet. This is true mostly on older Oriental carpets. You might see a slight change in color to make a thick or thin line on the carpet. This is caused by many changes in wool coloring when weaving carpets and how the color of wool ages with light and atmosphere. This color change is usually found in the background color of the carpet. This color change called “abrash” is common and does not reduce the value of the carpet. You might see a slight change in color to make a thick or thin line on the carpet. This is caused by many changes in wool coloring when weaving carpets and how the color of wool ages with light and atmosphere. This color change is usually found in the background color of the carpet. This color change called “abrash” is common and does not reduce the value of the carpet.

Sometimes there are fabric tags sewn to one corner of the carpet that say, “Made in Iran” or “Made in India”. You can be relatively sure that this carpet is handmade. Artificial carpets are almost always woven with wool piles. Machine-made carpets are often made with nylon or polyester stacks.

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