FAQs

What is an Oriental rug and what makes them unique?

For a carpet to be classified as a true oriental rug it must be hand knotted and come from any of the traditional carpet producing countries of the world.
This includes Persians, Indians, Kashmiris and a host of other styles.
Oriental rugs are different from all others in that their pile (usually wool) is tied to their foundations. That is why they are referred to as hand-knotted rugs, and that, more than anything, accounts for why they last so long—often 50-80 years in use. This also accounts for their high Value. Carpet making has also historically evolved as an Art form and as with other art form the value and beauty remains subjective.

What are the different Carpet Grades?

Carpets can be either handmade i.e. hand-knotted or machine made. We deal solely in the hand-made kind.

What Indian carpets do you keep?

Vintage Indian rugs form our Old and Antique Collection; we stock original pieces from the 19th and 20th century. Some have been privately acquired from the royal families of India while others are new rugs manufactured by highly skilled artisans.

What dyes do you use?

We follow age-old carpet making techniques. In keeping with that we use natural dyes i.e. vegetable dyes.

What is an Abrash?

A change in color in the field or border of a rug is called and ‘Abrash’. The color change extends across the rug, left to right, following a weft yarn and this is due to differences in wool or dye batches used in the weaving of the rug. Rather than being seen as a flaw an Abrash is appreciated by carpet lovers as a testament of handwork.

I am on a budget, could I still afford an Oriental rug?

It is a misnomer that all oriental rugs are unreasonably expensive. If you are on a budget you could still buy a great carpet. Consider selecting pieces that are newer and it is a big factor influencing raw material and labour costs. Silk yarn is more expensive than wool, and silk carpets also require more time and skill to weave because of the more intricate patterns.

How much time does it take to make a Carpet?

Manufacture time would depend on carpet size and intricacy involved. A small 3’ x 5 ’ rug could take several months to make, while a medium-sized rug (5’ x 8’) could take a year. Some of the museum quality Antique pieces or the very intricate silk masterpieces could take years.

Should I buy a rug if I have pets or small children?

The most important factor of Oriental rugs is their Quality. Apart from their beauty it is their durability that makes them so highly sought after. Pets and children should not deter you from buying fine rugs. Hand-knotted carpets are made to weather; they’re made to endure high traffic and wear and tear that is why they last for decades. A high traffic area would demand a rug of high quality i.e. a hand-knotted one.

I have allergies should I buy an oriental rug?

All our carpets are manufactured using natural dyes (flowers and vegetables) and natural fibres (wool, silk and cotton); they should not cause or aggravate allergies. If you’re sensitive to dust, the regular vacuuming or brushing of carpets should put at rest those concerns.

I was gifted a damaged carpet, can it be restored?

Yes, Royal Carpet Restorations has professionals on hand to evaluate and restore your piece, no matter how intricate their designs be.

What items can I place on top of my carpets?

Most items commonly found in a household or business (i.e. tables, chairs, couches) can be placed on carpets. Items should be periodically moved forward and back over the course of a year to prevent any uneven crushing of the carpet’s pile.
Plants should never be placed on top of the carpet, even with a water basin beneath the pot. Any leakage can damage the carpet.

What are the Standard Carpet Sizes?

The sizes for old and antique carpets are based on the above standard but as nomads and tribals usually weave them, they can vary in their dimensions by a few feet or inches.

The standard sizes in new wool carpets are-:
4x2.5 feet
5x3 feet
6x4 feet
7x5 feet
8x5 feet
9x6 feet
10x8 feet
12x9 feet
14x10 feet
15x12 feet
18x12 feet

The standard sizes in new silk carpets are -:
4x2.5 feet
5x3 feet
6x4 feet
7x5 feet
9x6 feet
10x8 feet
12x9 feet
14x10 feet
18x12 feet

What special care is involved in Antique carpet ownership?

  • We recommend use of padding under your antique or silk carpet. This helps extend the life of a rug by cushioning it from below and preventing wrinkling and damage.

  • Do not place an antique carpet in direct sunlight as this may cause dyes to fade.

  • Rotate an antique carpet if it is placed in area with heavy foot traffic to avoid uneven wear and tear.

  • To avoid any insect damage insert dried neem or tobacco leaves in the carpet before storage and packing. Dried lavender and cedar chips are also helpful.

  • Do not drag furniture across an antique carpet, as it can damage the carpet.

  • While storing your carpets protect them from moisture, moths and mice by wrapping them carefully in muslin or paper with mothballs and securely taping all seams.

Certification

We provide certification of all our carpets. A certificate of authenticity will be provided to you given carpet genealogy, approximate age and relevant information on symbols and motifs.

How are carpets best maintained and stored?

  • The best way to preserve a carpet is to keep it dust free. Dust eats into the foundation and reduces its life. Carpets should also be aired regularly in mild sunlight for 3-4hours a few times per year. The carpets should not be washed at home or dry cleaned but sent to a professional old carpet cleaner and hand washed without any use of chemicals but only natural detergents.

  • Note that most carpets that are packed and left unused attracts moths, insects, which attacks woolen items in humid conditions. If storing carpets, they should not be packed In plastic but in a cotton or muslin cloth. One can use anti-moth agents in storage but the anti-moth agents should never be in direct contact with the carpet.