Abrash Area Rugs
The natural and unpredictable variation in color that occurs in Oriental rugs over time when different dyes are used.
Acrylic Area Rugs
A man-made fiber used as a cheaper alternative to wool.
An important rug weaving center in Spain which thrived between 15th and 17th centuries.
Adam Area Rugs
A design and architectural trend popular in the second half of 18th century. Motifs used most frequently involved oval and octagonal shapes, and chief colors – gray, jasper, and blue. In England, some of the rugs copied the ceilings of the rooms for which they were commissioned.
Afghanistan Area Rugs
Country in South Asia, capital – Kabul. Handmade rugs are manufactured for the local markets as well as for exportation. Most common rugs from Afghanistan are a Turkoman style.
Afshan Area Rugs
(Persian), meaning an all-over layout.
Age Area Rugs
The age informs how old a rug is. The three major timelines are: Contemporary, Semi-Antique and Antique.
Agra Area Rugs
Agra is the heart of the rug and carpet weaving industry in India. Its cultural, architectural, and rug weaving peak Agra reached during the 16th and 17th centuries. It is famous for large cotton rugs in square formats, designed with all over floral patterns.
Ak Chuval Area Rugs
Turkmen for “white chuval,” a type of chuval with horizontal bands of pattern in pile and flat woven bands of plain weave, the elems are usually woven in pile with a white background color, hence the term “ak chvual.” Ak chuvals generally have five broad and six narrow piled bands above the white piled end panel.
Albania Area Rugs
Country in Southern Europe, capital – Tirana. Albania has a minor minor rug-producing industry, which began in the mid 1940s.
Algeria Area Rugs
Country in North Africa, capital -Algiers. Rugs from Algeria are manufactured for the local markets, and have not yet reached a Western market.
All-Over Design Area Rugs
A repeated pattern through the filed where no central design is present.
Amritsar Area Rugs
A city in India that was known weaving center in the late part of the 19th century because of the powerful rug demand in the U.S. and Europe during this time. Amritsar rugs have cotton foundation, use good quality wool, are double-wefted, and use the asymmetrical knot.
Aniline Dyes were first synthetic dyes used as a cheap alternative to vegetal ones. They were first developed in Europe in the 1850s but were shortly discovered to poses rapid fading qualities with exposure to light and water. They were banned in Iran in the early 1900, and eventually replaced with Chrome synthetic dyes everywhere else.
Antique Area Rugs
Rugs 60 years and older. / Finish A modern washing procedure which give the rug an antique look.
A chemical wash that replicates an antique look.
Anti-Static Area Rugs
Rug treatment that diminishes the effects of static electricity build-up.
An elaborate motif of interlaced branches, leaves or flowers; can be woven in geometric or curvilinear pattern.
Arak Area Rugs
City in northwest Iran, where a large quantity of top quality rugs were woven in the late 19th century, when European companies commissioned large decorative rugs for the European market.
Armenia Area Rugs
Country in Southwest Asia, capital – Erevan. Armenians are the earliest known weavers of oriental rugs. A style that originated from this area is called Caucasian because Armenia is situated neat the Caucasus Mountains. Caucasian rugs can not be classified the way Persian and Turkish rugs are. In order to identify a Caucasian rug, its construction must be examined, including (though not limited to) the quality of wool, the way the sides are bound, and the variance in the color of the warp.
A group of rugs with Armenian inscription which were woven in Iran, Turkey, and the Caucasus. A typical Armenian rug patterns consist of geometric shapes. A large proportion of the inscribed Armenian rugs contain cross shapes, human figures, and geometric bird and animal figures not typically seen in other rugs.
Art Deco Area Rugs
Twentieth century movement in the decorative arts. It grew to influence architecture, design, and the visual arts in 1920s and is characterized by geometrical designs and bold colors.
A style in art, architecture, and design that gained popularity at the beginning of 20th century. It is characterized by winding flowing lines of flowers and leaves.
Art Silk Area Rugs
A cheaper alternative to silk, artificial silk yarn is made from cotton, rayon, or polyester. It is soft and silk-like to the touch.
Asymmetrical Knot Area Rugs
(aka Persian knot, Senneh Knot) There are two types of major knots used in oriental rug-weaving: the Persian knot, and the
Aubusson Area Rugs
A world-renowned French tapestry and carpet center dating back to 15th century. The origins go back to the arrival of weavers from Flanders who settled in Aubuson in the late 1500s. Also a style of rug. Over time Aubusson evolved into numerous styles such as Antoinette, Josephine, and Maison patterns. The original style, however, was a flat-weave rug, featuring floral elements, architectural motifs, and pastel colors.
Axminster Area Rugs
A small market town on the eastern border of Devon, England, which gave its name to a type of carpet. An Axminster-type loom was created in the town of Axminister during the industrial revolution. The loom is capable of weaving high quality carpets, enabling use of up to 70 colors, intricate geometric or floral patterns, and offering flexibility of design. Axminster carpets are now produced all over the world.
Azeribaijan Area Rugs
Country in Southwest Asia, capital – Baku. A style that originated from this area is called Caucasian because Baku is situated neat the Caucasus Mountains. Caucasian rugs can not be classified the way Persian and Turkish rugs are. In order to identify a Caucasian rug, its construction must be examined, including (though not limited to) the quality of wool, they way the sides are bound, and the variance in the color of the warp.
Azurite Area Rugs
A source of blue dye. Azurite is a deep blue copper mineral produced by weathering of copper ore deposits.