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Why Does My Oriental Rug Have Blotches?

September 18, 2015

persiain dabir kashanRecently, we picked up a rug that had been in a client’s family for almost 100 years.

It is a finely woven 11 x 16 Persian Dabir Kashan.  Dabir is the name of a workshop in the Kashan weaving district of Iran. This workshop was in existence from the mid-19th to early 20th century and was known for making rugs of the finest quality. The rug designs from this area were very intricate and most attractive. This particular Kashan was made with Manchester wool, which is extremely soft, and was then “painted”.

The term “painted” means that the rug was given a special wash when it came into our country, and then the background was redyed. Because the American market preferred a dark rich red color for the background color, the original pink tone was redyed by manually applying the red dye using medicine droppers.

Over the years, the red dye faded, making the field appear blotchy.

More to come,

Tom Jorjorian

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