Carpet of the week… Magnificent Moud

Saturday, 29 October 2016 by

I adore Moud carpets. People freak out over Bidjar and Tabriz but for me the Moud takes the cake. I don’t like overly fussy fine patterns, I find them eyedazzling and busy. Moud has that perfect balance between a solid, hardworking rug and a fine, intricate pattern. I love the colours used too – usually a

carpet repair expert

How to look after your hand-woven carpet. So you bought the beautiful thing. Good, you will love it forever. But how to look after it. Here goes… Underlay: If your rug is on a hard floor – wood, tile, concrete or laminate – then it’s a good idea to get an underfelt. I learned this lesson

Rug of the week…

Tuesday, 11 October 2016 by
Modern carpet

Todays rug of the week is not one of ours. We offer cleaning and repair as a service and this little gem came into our shop for a little spritzing. She is absolutely lovely. A modern rug, from Afghanistan, woven in “Chobe” wool, beautiful, bright and shiny vegetable dyes, with  funky repeating patterns across three

Vintage overdye

We get requests pretty much daily for “vintage reloaded” or overdyed carpets. We have taken a decision not to keep them. “Why?” you may ask. For 2 reasons.

Firstly, they are utterly impractical for the floor and have a very, very short lifespan. Within 5 years they will have degraded to the point of falling apart. The process they use to strip the pile is very, very damaging. The rug is shaved and scrubbed, exposing the foundation of the carpet – its warp and weft, which means you are walking directly on the fragile foundation of the carpet with no cushioning to protect it from the friction of wear. Then it is bleached, using an “acid wash”, which will further weaken the warp and weft. Then it is overdyed, which is a process that they cant properly “fix” so the colour will never be properly set – it may stain floors beneath it, especiually if it gets wet. Also, there is no way to properly wash them – spot washing will cause dye in the spot to lift and it cant be fully wet washed or the dye will wash away. We don’t want customers to feel cheated when these – very expensive – carpets fall apart. We have prided ourselves on quality and good service and if we sold a rug that fell apart in a few years and couldn’t be properly washed without losing all its colour, we know our customers would lose faith in us, and our reputation, built up over 27 years – is too important for us to risk by selling these low quality rugs, and especially as they are so expensive.

There is a common misconception that all oriental carpets are investments. Like many of the marketing myths that have been built up around oriental rugs, this is most certainly not true. Much like antique furniture, rare, old or fine carpets, are very valuable provided they are in reasonable condition. This is not to say that

  Beautiful flatweaves. Millars is famous for our collection. Come and have a look! Special runs til the 5th of May.

All our Chobe’s are on a special sale! We have SO much stock, PLEASE come and take a look!

Sale still on!

Wednesday, 18 February 2015 by

We are LOAD SHEDDING! Beautiful rugs at a steal – patchworks from the incredible price of R2500 for a 2.5 x 1.7! Come get some before we sell out!

New Kelims on their way…

Thursday, 18 December 2014 by

  We can’t wait to get our next shipment! Lovely kelims, on their way to open in January. What a gorgeous way to start the new year!

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Indo Chobe

Monday, 08 December 2014 by
indo chobi

This is an Indian version of the classic Chobe or Chobi. Designed with western sensibilities and palettes in mind they are softly coloured and have gentle motifs. Hard wearing, they are suitable for high traffic areas. These rugs are made in a factory that does not use child labour.

Part Silk Modern Indian Carpet

Monday, 08 December 2014 by
Indian Modern, carpet, wool, silk.

Beautiful modern carpets, woven in Jaipur, India, these rugs are designed around the western palette. soft colours, gently, organic designs and a hint of old worlde charm. They add elegance and sophistication to any room. We only work with Indian companies that do not use child labour.

Moshwani

Monday, 08 December 2014 by

Moshwani’s are beautiful village rugs from Afghanistan. They arte made in Afghanistan and ported over the Hindu Kush mountains into Pakistan to be sold. Usually a cross between Kelim (flatweave) and pile (carpet), they are woven in wool with vegetable dyes on a wool foundation. Colours tend to be soft reds and dusty blues and

Bidjar

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 by
Beautiful softly coloured Bidjar

Bidjar is the name of a small Kurdish town in western Iran. Kurdish carpets are often very strong and compact, which makes them extremly durable. The name Bidjar denotes the meaning of durability to many carpet specialists. The weavers use their heavy comb, made of metal and wood, to beat the weft and the knots,

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