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.

Shawl

Thursday, 18 December 2014 by
Modern Afghan carpet

These are totally new designs coming out of the Afghan/ Pakistani Chobe workshops. Modern, fun, funky and fresh, they will really catch the eye. There are a whole range of these kinds of moderns at Millars.

Baktiar

Thursday, 18 December 2014 by
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Gorgeous carpet from near the city of Baktiar in Iran. This will have been woven in one of the surrounding villages and as such is loosely classified as tribal or village.

Hamadan

Thursday, 18 December 2014 by
Hamadan

This village rug comes from one of the villages surrounding the city of Hamadan. It isn’s perfeclty straight but that adds to it’s tribal charm. Hamadan is a city situated in the western part of Iran, 300 kilometres west of Teheran. It is one of the worlds oldest cities and is mentioned under the name

Moud

Thursday, 18 December 2014 by
Moud

The city of Moud is situated south of Mashad and south of Birdjan. The carpets from Moud often have a Herati pattern, with or without a centrally placed medallion. They are sometimes divided into Moud Mahi and Moud Garden. The first one mentioned, Mahi, often has a beige colour with a light red or blue

Sumak

Thursday, 18 December 2014 by
Azerbaijan Silk Sumak, Kelim

This gorgeous old kelim in excellent condition is a perfect example of a fine Persian Azerbaijan sumak in an mix of wool and silk on a cotton base.

SUMAK

Thursday, 18 December 2014 by

Delightful, finely woven Afghan sumak rug woven with an unusual pattern. Probably Moshwani area

Kordi Kelim

Thursday, 18 December 2014 by
Kordi rug

Woven by the Kurds in southern Iran these tribal Kelims are beautiful and highly sought after. Usually long and narrow with stripes and some embroidery.

Kordi, stripe

Thursday, 18 December 2014 by
Kordi rug

Woven by the Kurds in southern Iran these tribal Kelims are beautiful and highly sought after. Usually long and narrow with stripes and some embroidery.

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Brown Chobe

Thursday, 18 December 2014 by
Brown Chobe

hese rugs were originally woven according to the specifications of western designers, who prescribed subtle colours, textures and designs. They have evolved into a beautiful transitional art form of their own, usually in soft colours. A good chobe should be a vegetable dye on glossy, good quality wool. Takes medium to high traffic. Carpet, rug.

Mughal

Thursday, 18 December 2014 by
Mughal Afghan kelim

These funky new kelims are being woven with vegetable dyes in the style of traditional Aghan kelims but with a funky, fresh twist, modern designs and a whole new palette of colours.

Mughal Kelim

Thursday, 18 December 2014 by
Mughal Afghan kelim

These funky new kelims are being woven with vegetable dyes in the style of traditional Aghan kelims but with a funky, fresh twist, modern designs and a whole new palette of colours.

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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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Goltoch

Thursday, 18 December 2014 by
Goltoch

Goltoch, Iran. This town makes the most lovely, fine, dense and thick piled rugs with a trademark dusty indigo.

Mughal Kelim

Thursday, 18 December 2014 by
MUGHAL

These funky new kelims are being woven with vegetable dyes in the style of traditional Aghan kelims but with a funky, fresh twist, modern designs and a whole new palette of colours.

Modern Indian kelim

Thursday, 18 December 2014 by
Stripe modern Indian kelim

Modern striped kelim in gorgeous rusts and neutrals.

Modern Indian rug

Thursday, 18 December 2014 by
Modern rug carpet

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. Carpet, rug, wool

Chobe

Thursday, 18 December 2014 by
Red, bronze, Chobe

These rugs were originally woven according to the specifications of western designers, who prescribed subtle colours, textures and designs. They have evolved into a beautiful transitional art form of their own, usually in soft colours. A good chobe should be a vegetable dye on glossy, good quality wool. Takes medium to high traffic. Carpet, rug.

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Khal Mohamedi

Thursday, 18 December 2014 by
Turkoman Khal Mohamedi

Woven by the Turkomen people in Afghanistan these Khal Mohamedis are names after the man who initially came up with these designs. Usually featuring a strong reddish bronze base colour with designs in black or blue they are a stunning addition to any home.

MUGHAL KELIM

Thursday, 18 December 2014 by
Afghan Mughal Kelim

These funky new kelims are being woven with vegetable dyes in the style of traditional Aghan kelims but with a funky, fresh twist, modern designs and a whole new palette of colours.

MUGHAL

Thursday, 18 December 2014 by
Afghan Mughal Kelim

These funky new kelims are being woven with vegetable dyes in the style of traditional Aghan kelims but with a funky, fresh twist, modern designs and a whole new palette of colours.

MUGHAL KELIM

Thursday, 18 December 2014 by
Afghan Mughal

These funky new kelims are being woven with vegetable dyes in the style of traditional Aghan kelims but with a funky, fresh twist, modern designs and a whole new palette of colours.

NAHAVAND

Thursday, 18 December 2014 by
Nahavand

This glorious vegetable dyes town rug was woven by the Nahavand people in Iran. Tribal, Town, Village Persian

GHALMORI

Thursday, 18 December 2014 by
Meimana

These traditional Afghan kelims have been woven in the same styles and designs for centuries. With their strong reds, blues and browns, they are seen in many South African homes

MUGHAL KELIM

Thursday, 18 December 2014 by
Modern Mughal Afghan Kelim

These funky new kelims are being woven with vegetable dyes in the style of traditional Aghan kelims but with a funky, fresh twist, modern designs and a whole new palette of colours.

BOLD MOSHWANI

Thursday, 18 December 2014 by
MOSHWANI

A cross between pile and kelim, with a beautiful embossed texture. These rugs are still woven by Afghans in Afghanistan and ported over the mountains into Pakistan to be sold. Veg dyes, wool on wool. Very rustic, with bold designs and high contrasting colours, sometimes with very strange motifs indeed. Can take medium to high

MOSHWANI

Thursday, 18 December 2014 by
MOSHWANI

A cross between pile and kelim, with a beautiful embossed texture. These rugs are still woven by Afghans in Afghanistan and ported over the mountains into Pakistan to be sold. Veg dyes, wool on wool. Very rustic, with bold designs and high contrasting colours, sometimes with very strange motifs indeed. Can take medium to high

Kashan

Monday, 15 December 2014 by
Kashan

Persian Kashan: Kashan is a ciry in Iran (Persia) which is famous for its well woven, durable and tradtional carpets. Usually woven in reds and blues with a profusion of multicoloured flowers and floral motifs, sometimes in pale creams, blues and greens. very respectable carpets, they stand heavy traffic and age beautifully.

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Labjer Belouch

Monday, 15 December 2014 by
Turkoman

This is a rug made by the Labjer tribe (Baluch sub tribe) Camels are important to Baluchi tribes and the camel print, as well as (very occasionally) camel hair, is used in the creation of their rugs. Balouch rugs can be made on a foundation of cotton or wool, goat hair is often used in

Shawl

Monday, 15 December 2014 by
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These are totally new designs coming out of the Afghan/ Pakistani Chobe workshops. Modern, fun, funky and fresh, they will really catch the eye. There are a whole range of these kinds of moderns at Millars.

Square Chobe, blue

Monday, 15 December 2014 by
Chobe, square, blue

These rugs were originally woven according to the specifications of western designers, who prescribed subtle colours, textures and designs. They have evolved into a beautiful transitional art form of their own, usually in soft colours. A good chobe should be a vegetable dye on glossy, good quality wool. Takes medium to high traffic. Carpet, rug.

Round Chobe

Monday, 15 December 2014 by
Round Blue Chobe

These rugs were originally woven according to the specifications of western designers, who prescribed subtle colours, textures and designs. They have evolved into a beautiful transitional art form of their own, usually in soft colours. A good chobe should be a vegetable dye on glossy, good quality wool. Takes medium to high traffic. Carpet, rug.

Chobe, green

Monday, 15 December 2014 by
Green Chobe

These rugs were originally woven according to the specifications of western designers, who prescribed subtle colours, textures and designs. They have evolved into a beautiful transitional art form of their own, usually in soft colours. A good chobe should be a vegetable dye on glossy, good quality wool. Takes medium to high traffic. Carpet, rug.

Meimana/Ghal mori

Monday, 15 December 2014 by
Meimana kelim

These traditional Afghan kelims have been woven in the same styles and designs for centuries. With their strong reds, blues and browns, they are seen in many South African homes.

Hamadan

Monday, 15 December 2014 by
Hamadan

Hamadan is a city situated in the western part of Iran, 300 kilometres west of Teheran. It is one of the worlds oldest cities and is mentioned under the name of Ekbatana in the Bible, see the book of Esther. The city is a centre for trading with carpets that are manufactured in the hundreds

Joshagan

Monday, 15 December 2014 by
Joshagan

The city of Joshagan is located on the road that goes from Isfahan to Teheran, in the big, Varganeh valley. It is a small town that has a very old tradition of rug-making, indeed there is documented evidence of rug-makers working here in the 17th century. Some of the early specimens are conserved in important

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Geravan

Monday, 15 December 2014 by
Geravan

Tribal, red, vegetable dye, Persian Gorovan, Geravan

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Baluch, Iran

Monday, 15 December 2014 by
Baluch old

Beautiful tribal Iranian Baluch, (Balouch, Beluchi, Belouch) Bright colours, reds, vegetable dyes  

Afghan Mod, Grey

Monday, 08 December 2014 by
Gray Afghan, undyed wool, Gul, Elephants foot

Woven from undyed, unbleached wool graded by natural colour, these Afghans are the traditional elepants foot gul design but with a twist – instead of the usual red, woven in stunning grey…

Modern “Shawl”

Monday, 08 December 2014 by
totally new designs

These are totally new designs coming out of the Afghan/ Pakistani Chobe workshops. Modern, fun, funky and fresh, they will really catch the eye. There are a whole range of these kinds of moderns at Millars.

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Golden Chobe

Monday, 08 December 2014 by
Gold Chobe

These rugs were originally woven according to the specifications of western designers, who prescribed subtle colours, textures and designs. They have evolved into a beautiful transitional art form of their own, usually in soft colours. A good chobe should be a vegetable dye on glossy, good quality wool. Takes medium to high traffic.

Old Douladabad

Monday, 08 December 2014 by
Douladabad carpet

We scoured the markets to find as many of these beautiful older dugs as we could. Douladabad is a Baluchi subgroup Camels are important to Baluchi tribes and the camel print, as well as (very occasionally) camel hair, is used in the creation of their rugs. Balouch rugs can be made on a foundation of

Old Afghan Baluch

Monday, 08 December 2014 by

We scoured the markets in Pakistan to find as many of these older rugs as we could. It is still in excellent condition and has aged beautifully. Camels are important to Baluchi tribes and the camel print, as well as (very occasionally) camel hair, is used in the creation of their rugs. Balouch rugs can

Old, fine Baluch

Monday, 08 December 2014 by
Afghan Belouch Bokhara, fine

We scoured the markets in Pakistan to find as many of these older rugs as we could. It is still in excellent condition and has aged beautifully. Camels are important to Baluchi tribes and the camel print, as well as (very occasionally) camel hair, is used in the creation of their rugs. Balouch rugs can

Old Afghan

Monday, 08 December 2014 by
Afghan Baluchi

We scoured the markets in Pakistan to find as many of these older rugs as we could. It is still in excellent condition and has aged beautifully. Camels are important to Baluchi tribes and the camel print, as well as (very occasionally) camel hair, is used in the creation of their rugs. Balouch rugs can

Old Baluch, Afghan

Monday, 08 December 2014 by
old baluch turkoman

We scoured the markets in Pakistan to find as many of these older rugs as we could. It is still in excellent condition and has aged beautifully. Camels are important to Baluchi tribes and the camel print, as well as (very occasionally) camel hair, is used in the creation of their rugs. Balouch rugs can

Old Afghan Baluch

Monday, 08 December 2014 by
Elephants foot, fine, old, vegetable dye, Afghan Baluchi

We scoured the markets in Pakistan to find as many of these older rugs as we could. It is still in excellent condition and has aged beautifully. Camels are important to Baluchi tribes and the camel print, as well as (very occasionally) camel hair, is used in the creation of their rugs. Balouch rugs can

Indo Chobe, superfine

Monday, 08 December 2014 by
Grey and gold Chobe

This rug is a superfine version of a Chobe These rugs were originally woven according to the specifications of western designers, who prescribed subtle colours, textures and designs. They have evolved into a beautiful transitional art form of their own, usually in soft colours. A good chobe should be a vegetable dye on glossy, good

Chobe

Monday, 08 December 2014 by
Gray Chobe

Gorgeous Chobe in golds and naturals. These rugs were originally woven according to the specifications of western designers, who prescribed subtle colours, textures and designs. They have evolved into a beautiful transitional art form of their own, usually in soft colours. A good chobe should be a vegetable dye on glossy, good quality wool. Takes

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.

Mod Wool & Silk Indian

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.

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.

Vestiges Modern

Monday, 08 December 2014 by
Faded, Indian, Modern, carpet, rug

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.

Kashan

Monday, 08 December 2014 by

Kashan is a ciry in Iran (Persia) which is famous for its well woven, durable and tradtional carpets. Usually woven in reds and blues with a profusion of multicoloured flowers and floral motifs, sometimes in pale creams, blues and greens. very respectable carpets, they stand heavy traffic and age beautifully.

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

Chobe

Saturday, 06 December 2014 by
Bold black and gold Chobe

Chobe Black and gold, a gorgeously bold combination. These rugs were originally woven according to the specifications of western designers, who prescribed subtle colours, textures and designs. They have evolved into a beautiful transitional art form of their own, usually in soft colours. A good chobe should be a vegetable dye on glossy, good quality

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Joshagan

Saturday, 06 December 2014 by
Joshagan

The city of Joshagan is located on the road that goes from Isfahan to Teheran, in the big, Varganeh valley. It is a small town that has a very old tradition of rug-making, indeed there is documented evidence of rug-makers working here in the 17th century. Some of the early specimens are conserved in important

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Baluch

Saturday, 06 December 2014 by
Vase design

TURKOMAN/ BALUCH Camels are important to Baluchi tribes and the camel print, as well as (very occasionally) camel hair, is used in the creation of their rugs. Balouch rugs can be made on a foundation of cotton or wool, goat hair is often used in the weft. The ‘camel print’ or ‘gul’ repeat medallions are

Superfine Nain

Saturday, 06 December 2014 by
Fine Nain, Superfine, Persian, Iranian, City carpet

Nain is a city in Iran which is famous for its beautiful, fine carpets. Usually they are woven in creams, whites or off whites and blues but that can also contain red or green. Nains come in various finenesses, this one is a particularly fine one. It’s soft colours are blue and creamy and off

Patchwork

Saturday, 06 December 2014 by

These gorgeous modern rugs are curently very popular. stitching together sections of old rugs in varying dyes, colours and textures give these patchworks a modern and funky appeal, perfectly blending old and new. some of them contain sections of antique rugs as well as funky moderns. They are the perfect addition to any setting and

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Superfine Nain

Saturday, 06 December 2014 by
Fine creamy coloured carpet. City carpet, Persian.

Nain is a city in Iran which is famous for its beautiful, fine carpets. Usually they are woven in creams, whites or off whites and blues but that can also contain red or green. Nains come in various finenesses, this one is a particularly fine one. It’s soft colours are creamy and off white with

Bidjar

Saturday, 06 December 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

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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