Caucasian Rug Cleaning in Cheshire
The History of the Caucasian Rug
Caucasian rugs get their name from the place that they originated in- the Caucasus. Since the end of the 18th century, Caucasian rugs have been primarily made for household purposes, as opposed to the productions that you found in larger cities. These distinctive rugs bare geometric and tribal designs with a bold, primary colour-based palette.
Caucasian rugs come from the regions between Europe and Asia, mainly from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Daghestan in Russia. Rug production has always been a prominent means of distribution in mountainous regions of Caucasus since the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Rugs that date right back to these eras are seen as majestic masterpieces and a great representation of early rug production.
With such intricate detailing, and by being made out of materials such as the finest wool which tribes tended to use in those times, as well as today, it is no surprise that these antique rugs are the most sought out in the industry- especially to those in Italy who are big fans of their patterns and designs, as well as the smaller size of them which ensures that they fit perfectly in their rooms.
Many Caucasian rugs have strong geometric designs that are woven in bright reds, blues, yellows and other vibrant shades; you’ll notice that the patterns on these rugs are symmetrical to represent elements of life here on earth. Many others feature symbols that represent the sun, stars, planets and the astrological elements: Earth, Wind, Fire and Water as these are the fundamental laws of life. You will also often find the seed or a tree of life patterned on Caucasian rugs, too.
One of the most popular designs featured on Caucasian rugs is the Eagle design which will have 2 central medallions instead of one; this version can also be known as the ‘Sunburst’ design. See below for further patterns and designs that tend to be featured on these Oriental rugs:
The Wheel of life – an ancient motif that represents the nature of life, many tribal pieces feature this pattern.
Ram’s Horns – Another popular motif that symbolizes the source of warmth and comfort, but also emphasising on the sheep because they are the main source of a tribes livelihood; due to the wool that they use to weave the rugs, and keep warm. The ram’s horns also represent strength and power.
Other common motifs on Caucasian rugs are the star of wisdom, dragons, the boteh and birds. Another distinctive detail of a Caucasian rug is the borders and guard borders that frame the rug; these are also symbolic because the weavers believe that life is vulnerable and so it must be protected.
In the Caucasus region, their rugs are better known as Shirvan, Dagestan, Kuba, Kazak and Karachopf rugs. These carpets have become increasingly popular during the great expansion of village weaving that was promoted by the Russian authorities until today. Now, their presentation has significantly dropped- meaning that the traditional antique rugs of Caucasus are very rare.
In this modern age, Caucasian rugs have undergone reweaving using yarn that has been unravelled from damaged or fragmentary Kilims that are no longer of value- this has given weavers the opportunity to reproduce the traditional designs that are most desirable and valuable in the industry.
In the beginning, Caucasian rugs were made out of just wool- the knotted pile, as well as the warp, were made from hand-spun woollen yarn or sometimes goat hair. These warped threads can be light in some areas and darker in others. Being of such high quality, Caucasian rugs are authentically gorgeous in every way.
Caring For Your Caucasian Rug
However, although their pile, texture, wool-quality and maybe even designs are of antique replication, these are not seen as antique. From their modern manufacturing, it is fraudulent to perceive these rugs are antique. Although, this doesn’t mean that they should not be looked after in the same nature as those of a higher value.
Caucasian rugs are susceptible to moth damage, burns and irremovable stains, which unfortunately means that the rugs have to be rewoven. However, this is done to the highest of standard, usually where they were originated- and it is well known that the weavers use the remains of kilims or tapestries to restore such beautiful carpets.
In terms of less severe damage, it is still obligatory to ensure that a Caucasian carpet is kept in its prime condition by getting it professionally cleaned. Home remedies are a must, but to ensure that their bright patterns and piles are kept vibrant, a carpet cleaning service will be your best bet.
Here at Arcadia Rug Spa, with our industry-leading experience and cleaning and repair processes, we are able to revitalise an Oriental rug so that they are representing their raw state as much as possible. As the leading rug cleaner in the North West, we are confident in our practices at our rug cleaning facility in Northwich.
We have a 12-step rug cleaning process that fully ensures that all repair and cleaning precautions are carried out with, meaning we don’t miss one spot! Pop into our store and we promise you that your rug won’t be in better hands. We are aware of how much of an investment your rug is, which is why we make it our mission to deliver it back to you feeling, looking and smelling amazing.
Explore the rest of our rug cleaning website for more information on our handmade rug cleaning services; in the meantime, check out the fun facts on Caucasian rugs below:
- Caucasian rugs are rarely bigger than 5 x 8!
- All caucasian rugs are made with the Turkish or Giordes knot.
- There are 25 types of Caucasian rugs!
Rug Cleaning in action
This video show’s the thorough 12 step rug cleaning process most rugs go through to get the best results for your area rug. However there is a very small amount of rugs that are not suited to being cleaned in the wash pit due to construction but it will still be cleaned thoroughly using a method that will be both safe for your rug while giving you exceptional cleaning results.
With the equipment and facilities we have here at Arcadia Rug Spa we are able to cater for all types of rug cleaning from Machine made Modern rugs to Hand Knotted Persian silk carpets.
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