Trading Trends for Tradition

In a culture that craves the newest, the highest-tech and top-of-the-line products. Antiques seem to not be receiving the appreciation that their uniqueness and individuality deserves; for every lamp, rug, table or chair that IKEA or Crate & Barrel creates, there are another 10,000 exact replicas sitting on their shelves. This is not the case in the world of antiques; they are more like people with scars, quirks and their own individuality – one of a kind. Perhaps this is one reason why Alyshaan adores our collection of antique Oriental rugs so much because, for an inanimate object, they do indeed seem to retain their own personalities.

Antique Oriental rugs are enduring, enticing and sophisticated pieces of décor. They have the ability to grace any home with luxury and warmth. In the rug world, antique Oriental rugs are superior due to their quality and have been marveled at for their size and color for decades. They breathe culture to any hallway, entrance or space that they grace. They are treasured for their timelessness and their tradition and admired for their unique, unmatchable beauty and for their resilient attractiveness. They originate mostly from the continent of Asia, from places like: Persia, India, Pakistan, China and Turkey. They are considered to be one of the world’s greatest art forms.

The basic creation process of Oriental rugs has been the same for the last 2,500 years. A true Oriental rug is never machine-made but instead painstakingly crafted by hand. These rugs are woven on looms with a process called warp and pile. The pieces of wool or silk thread are dyed, dried and then tied to the rug’s foundation. Designs are created by altering the colors of yarn that are being tied to the foundation. The individual tying of the strands to the rug’s foundation is why handmade rugs have higher durability than machine-made rugs because the machine-made rugs are either glued or simply passed through the foundation. In addition to the value that hand-tying brings to an Oriental rug, natural dyes are used to color them so that the colors will remain vibrant and not fade away. The materials for most antique rugs are either 100% wool, 100% silk or a blend of the two. Wool and silk can also sometimes be combined with material such as cotton, silk, flax and hemp. Ancient Oriental rug patterns mostly revert to ancient designs; always displaying a distinct attachment to symmetry. Their motifs are typically laid out in a single border or several borders layered next to each other.

The timelessness of the Oriental design enables these rugs to fit nicely into many different modes and types of decor, these rugs are always in style. Alyshaan Fine Rugs has been providing antique Oriental rugs to the area for three generations. Our stock of more than 2,000 magnificent handmade rugs available at the Scottsdale Design Center continues to allow us to provide our clients with superior quality and limitless choices. All handmade rugs are sought after due to their tremendous and appreciating value, no rugs are more desired than antique Oriental Rugs. Sales in antiques also often rise in times of recession, as investors look at them as a safe and sure appreciating investment.

The prices of Oriental rugs are affected by the rug’s material, quality, condition, age and design as well as the tightness of the weave. Alyshaan’s prices are lower than most stores’ liquidation prices with no comprise on quality. We present the best available antique Oriental rugs at unbelievable prices.

These antique Oriental rugs are not next year’s hot ticket item. Their beauty and value is not affected by trends and tendencies. They are an investment and an attractive commitment. These rugs can also act as a special gift and legacy that can be passed along to following generations; they do tend to become a memory and a staple in a family’s history. When you bring an antique Oriental rug into your home you add an item that has matchless character. We do tend to personify our antique Oriental rugs here at Alyshaan due to their individuality and uniqueness. We find them to bring a sense of calmness and stability to our speeding culture and to be the perfect addition to any family or home.

By Stephanie Drescher

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