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

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.

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

Meshkin Kelim

Thursday, 18 December 2014 by
Meshkin tribal Kelim

Meshkin, a small town near Adabil in Iran weaves these amazing rugs in bold designs and colours. They are tribal, vegetable dye and delightful. These kelims have some age and as a result are highly collectible.  

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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Kordi Kelim

Thursday, 18 December 2014 by
Kurdish Kelim

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.

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.

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

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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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  

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.

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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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

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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