Archive for April, 2010
Antique rugs can add a look of warmth and elegance to a home’s décor. The beautiful, rich colors and patterns of an antique Persian rug makes these items among the most well known floor coverings available. As wonderfully detailed as these woven masterpieces tend to be, so is the history of their existence.
The art of carpet weaving can be traced through recorded history. The first written documentation of antique Persian rugs appeared in Chinese writings from over 1500 years ago. An unusual archeological find in 1949 of remnants of what is called the Pazyryk carpet was found to be over two thousand years old. Though examination of this carpet indicated a long history of developing advanced weaving techniques, such ancient finds are unusual due to the properties of natural fiber, which degrades over time. In what remnants that have been found from so long ago, it is often difficult to tell much about the weaving techniques or patterns because of their worn out nature. As techniques and trends changed over time, little is known about the true origins of these old rugs.
Though historians believe that most aspects of the creation of these carpets has been altered slightly over time, the most common materials for the rugs has stayed the same. Wool and silk are the desired materials in the newer as well as the antique rugs. Wool carpets are the most common, as silk is not as durable. The rich history surrounding the creation of these floor coverings are a large part of the surprising variety and complexity of the patterns available on the old rugs. The decorative representations of a multitude of cultural and historical elements make antique Persian rugs a desirable home accent. Common motifs present include architecture, plant life, geometric patterns, and other all-over patterns that make each rug special.
Antique rugs have traditionally been woven by hand, which is a part of why they have been considered so valuable. Depending on the skill and experience of the weaver, rugs can have a wide range of complexity and quality. The highest quality rugs, of course, would require more time to complete. The increased time taken to make the rug by hand meant that each work of art would take months to complete. When looking for the perfect rug, research and contact with an antique rug dealer online or in person can help find the right accent for the home.
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Antique rugs are more than just floor covering- they are works of art. Woven Accents seeks the finest woven floor coverings from all over the world and works hard to match each customer with the perfect antique carpet for each space. Of course, many new rugs are also made by hand and Woven Accents is happy to offer a comprehensive selection. See the gallery at:
If you’re an avid collector of antiques, then odds are pretty good that you’ve discovered the world of antique household appliances and all of the possibilities there are for adding great looking antiques to your collection. Some of the most popular items that many collectors include in their list of things to find include antique coffee grinders, pots and pans, cast iron cookware, utensils, and more.
Antique coffee grinders are one of the more popular items that are collected by many individuals because of the aesthetic value that they can provide to just about any room in the house. They seem to give a warm glow that makes you feel welcome and they make the perfect decoration in just about any type of kitchen or dining room that has a more rustic or old fashioned feel and/or theme.
Pots and pans, or even better, sets of pots and pans, also make great collector items and can provide the perfect look and feel to an old farmhouse kitchen or even a newly designed country style kitchen in a newer modern home. Antique pots and pans can usually be found in different types of materials, but a most commonly found to made of tin material which is a great looking metal that really gives off the antique look and feel.
Cast iron cookware is also very popular among collectors throughout the world and is highly sought after for the purposes of decoration and cooking. Cast iron works great for cooking items that require high heat that can be distributed throughout the entire surface.
Other popular items that make great collector items include antique utensils, clocks, wood working tools, and much more. All of these items can really add a lot of great character to a collection and are sought after by many collectors around the world.
If you’re looking to start an antique collection of your own, then perhaps this list has given you a starting point for some of the items that you may want to consider collecting.