Another word for Silk from the Persian language
This refers to adding ingredients to the dye bath for the purpose of increasing the brightness of the colours.
This is the combing of fibers prior to spinning with wire brushes
This is when a dye fails to retain its hue and shade and is a problem that requires professional attention.
A Herati pattern consists of a flower centered in a diamond with parallel leaves outside the diamond
Taken directly from the Persian, this is a carpet-trimming knife.
The process of treating cotton thread with an alkali under pressure to increase its strength and gloss.
Quite literally translates as ‘a hen’ but is used to describe a pattern involving chickens.
When asked about what Iran has given to the world, the first answer of many is of course Persian rugs or indeed plentiful oil supplies! For a nation that claims a history going further back than biblical times, it’s not surprising that there’s a lot more to Iran and ancient Persia than this.
Alongside Persian rugs, the region boasts a fantastic history of pottery creation and just like the makers of rugs, Persian potters adjusted their artform over time to fit changes in society brought about by political turmoil. Much of this is reflected in the materials used and methods of production, which is evident in the pieces that exist today.
For those interested in viewing some beautiful examples, there are extensive collections held at the British Museum in London, the Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg and at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.
Although silk is a material produced predominantly in south east Asia, being at the heart of the infamous Silk road which functioned as the transport and communication backbone between Europe and Asia gave Persia access to this wonderful material from which many beautiful garments could be crafted. Such garments are culturally attached to the Middle East rather than China.
Whilst Men are forbidden to wear silk garments under Islamic teaching, the material was widely used for women’s clothing and as such demand remained very high and a substantial industry existed for production.
One of the more obvious exports from Persia is the cuisine which is widely available throughout the UK especially in London where pockets of Persian restaurants exist. From unique lamb dishes through to a creative use of fruits and vegetables, Persian cuisine is in fact a fusion of Anatolian, Mesopotamian and Greek cuisine to name but a few.
Iran’s location in Asia but close proximity to both Africa and Europe gives it an advantage in terms of trade and as such influences can be seen both to the west and indeed the east.
The word ‘personality’ is often and quite rightly associated with sentient human beings followed closely by domesticated pets, but could it be said that furniture has a personality of sorts?
In the usual sense, an inanimate object cannot have a personality, but what it can have is the ability to evoke an emotion whether that be through beauty, history or otherwise. For something inanimate to have such an effect on somebody, it perhaps holds a reflection of the creator’s personality.
Looking at a Persian or Oriental rug, your eye immediately recognises it’s a fabric piece but just knowing a brief history about the rug can make it a whole lot more interesting. The knots in the rugs are often created by hand, can you imagine the feelings of the person beginning this almighty task knowing there’s a long way ahead before the rug starts looking anything like a rug. Can you also imagine the pride, delight and passion the same person has when the rug is nearing completion?
To you, the rug is a beautiful addition to your home, to the creator, it’s the product of many days work to put food on the family table. It represents economic independence, it represents the skills that have been passed down through generations over a thousand years. It’s certainly more than just fabric when you know even the smallest thing.
From another angle, how does the rug make you feel when you have time to appreciate it? Does the carefully woven material offer some comfort underfoot at the end of a long day at work; do the vibrant colours offer a welcome change of scenery in stark contrast to the computer screen you’ve been in front of all day?
To conclude, it’s not important to debate the question of personality but rather more important to know that it invokes an emotion within you.
The carpets look lovely and much brighter than before!
Mrs. J. E. Harben
My very dirty rugs that my dog like to sleep on came back like new.
Mr Armstrong London
They removed pet stains & odours and lifted the beautiful colours. Thanks you.
S. H. London
What I liked about R L Rose was all the cleaning and repairing is done by their own staff.
Mrs Caruthers London.
The repair is practically invisible.
Mrs. Ballade London