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For some time now, interior decorators and arts beat writers have been praising the continuing usefulness of antique Oriental rugs. Today, these are valuable not just as collectors’ pieces or decorative accents, but as fully functional floor coverings and runners, as well as blankets and drapes.

However, there also remains the slight chance that the beauty of these items is taken for granted. In an August 13, 2013 article for The Epoch Times, Christine Lin notes that “With the abundance of machine-made, commercially designed rugs available today, many consumers are unaware of the cultural richness and versatility of antique Oriental rugs.” One of her interviewees says that the making of these items is “the most undervalued art in the world.”

Even when present-day specialists in textiles and rugs recognize the craftsmanship behind these items, these treasures can still be underappreciated by the very people who own them. This is because some only come to possess them by way of inheritance, while others buy them at antiques sales without fully realizing their value.

For example, while you might see that kilim rugs serve as beautiful floor, bench, or divan coverings for your home in Daytona Beach, you might not know that the patterns that make these so eye-catching are also steeped in lore. The geometric shapes on these rugs represent anything from objects like a comb, to stances like standing with the hands on one’s hips, to ideas like fertility. Young girls, who traditionally wove them, used their craft to express their ideas and emotions. If you and your interior decorator are aware of these symbolisms, you would be able to make use of the motifs to give more character to the room you are furnishing.

This last point is something Lin may well be getting at when she observes that working with antique rugs takes experience and creativity. However, Lin’s statement applies just as much to specialists in rug cleaning in Daytona Beach. Only professionals who are well-versed in handling old, sensitive fabrics, and who can devise efficient cleaning processes that would not damage antiques, should handle precious Oriental rugs.

Moreover, given the intricacy of these items, these professionals themselves should have some knowledge of old-world craftsmanship and a deep respect for it. After all, a cleaner who is aware of the rich historical and cultural value of hand-made Ferahan and Isfahan rugs would be more likely to handle these properly.

To do justice to the antique rugs in your possession, make sure you also hire such a specialist in rug cleaning from new Smyrna Beach or elsewhere near Daytona, like Heirloom Rug Cleaning, when you want to use them in your home.

(Article Information and Image from Ideas for Decorating with Oriental Rugs, The Epoch Times, August 13, 2013)

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