Designing With An Antique Rug – Designing for a new room or giving a room in need of revitalization a makeover can be challenging. Fortunately, whether the goal of the room is to feel traditional or eclectic, cozy or romantic, often the easiest way to begin planning the room is the use of a beautiful antique rug.
No matter the desired look, a vintage or antique rug can be found to tie together a design concept in a room. The popular Persian floor coverings from bygone eras were made in a wide range of sumptuous colors with intricate patterning. These woven works of art can be found in a variety of patterns that depict architecture, plant life, and geometric designs, among many others.
Hand-knotted rugs have been made in the Nepalese highlands by indigenous craftmen for centuries, but these items (known locally as Raadi, Paakhi and Gailaincha) were almost exclusively woven for personal use, and, in a commercial sense, the Nepalese rug-making industry only began with the introduction of Tibetan refugees (a mass exodus of Tibetan refugees started in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and since then all Tibetan rugs and other arts and crafts have been produced by Tibetan exiles). Families, or groups of friends, set up simple wooden looms in their homes, and, as the market for their rugs began to expand, these operations developed into small workshops, often consisting of little more than two or three looms in a cowshed. With the added support of the Nepalese government and international aid agencies, rug-making has developed into Nepal’s single most important export industry.
Just like Persian and many other rugs, Flokati area rugs also have a story to tell. According to history, they were first used as clothing to protect the outdoor people of ancient Greece namely, warriors, shepherds and travelers from the harsh winter weather. They were later on developed as a home decoration, the perfect floor covering to warm homes during the winter months and to cool in the summer season. These rugs were also used as gifts of women for their prospective husbands. Up to this day, the Flokati has retained it’s impeccable reputation and quality as first-class.
Traditional Greek Flokati are rugs made from 100% wool. Many Flokati rugs are still made in Greece and are made by hand by knotting wool through a stout backing material (sometimes woven wool). And if you are lucky, then you might just find yourself one that has been put through the ancient water ripening technique.