Furniture Trends 2013
In our last newsletter we discussed Color Trends for 2013. Dressing up a room with a new splash of wall color or changing rugs is a quick and easy fix to give your room a new look. Decorating is similar to fashion, trends come and trends go and there is always a new twist on an old idea. Michele Lamb gave her furniture trend predictions for 2013 at the Las Vegas Furniture Show Market. The sustainable trend is the hottest trend to hit design in years. Consumers are buying with a conscience. Reclaimed and recycled wood is hot. Oriental rugs can last a lifetime and they are one of the best investments you can make for your home and the environment. In addition to the environmental trend, consumers on a budget are purchasing laminates and other man made materials for counter top surfaces. Many of the man made surfaces have a great look and what might have been out is now very hot!
Today's families are on the go in every direction. Multi-tasking is having an influence on how we live and manufacturers are taking notice. Companies are designing furniture with built-in features for technology, such as pull-out laptop desks on the edges of sofas and an entertainment center with a corner flip-down designed to contain and hide connections.
Watch for modern traditionalism to emerge as a trend through 2013, Lamb said. Modern traditionalism is tradition with a twist that feels new again, such as a sofa with classic legs, but no arms. Tradition is redefined with luxurious fabrics like silk and satin, graphic patterns and unexpected materials or textures. Designers are "giving tradition an update" and "formality minus stuffiness works."
Rococo vision, which is a modern way to blend modern and traditionalism, is another interesting aspect to note. Dressed up glamour and new contrasts to classics are adding interest to home fashions. Wallpaper is making a big comeback and fabrics are sumptuous and rich. Industrial zeal is all the rage in certain markets, including dressed-up concrete, bare bulbs, stamped sheet metallic, tables with industrial overtones, laboratory glass with Pyrex beakers and porcelain flowers. Contemporary, angular surfaces are a trend to watch from 2012 through 2014.
Rug weaving was introduced to India during the sixteenth century at the time of the Moghul Emperor Akbar. At the same time rug weaving was flourishing in Iran under the rule of the Safavid Dynasty. Many of the Indian workshops were set up under the supervision of Persian weavers. Consequently, Indian designs were strongly influenced by those of Iran, mainly by the curvilinear styles such as Isfahan. It is even possible that the first Persian weavers who were brought to Lahore (at that time part of India, now part of Pakistan) came from Isfahan.
Many of the Persian designs are now made in India and Pakistan like Saruq, Kashan, Isfahan or Kerman, and other simply have a general central Persian flavor. The Pakistani rugs of Isfahan quality are finely wowen, the quality and colorings are excellent - far better than much of the new production of Persia, and much cheaper.
Nain is a small town, east of Isfahan, on the edge of the great desert, almost halfway between Isfahan and Yezd. Nain rugs, however, are wowen over a huge area streching from the vicinity of Isfahan right out into the Kavir e-Lut - the vast desert that accounts for some 15% of the whole land area of Iran - , where, at the oasis of Biabanak, the finest rugs are made. The carpet production in Nain is fairly recent. None existed during the great classical era, the town then being famous for other fine textiles. It was when this industry began to decline in the 1920s that the manufacturers of Nain switched to carpets.
At first they made medium fine goods in rather stiff designs that look sometimes like fine Bakhtiars, sometimes like fine Yezds, with rich blue and brown-red colorings. Since the second World War, however, they have settled on an unmistakable superfine style of their own. The traditional medallion shape is similar to that of Isfahan, but the layout of the ground is different with a less clear articulation and often an effect more akin to 'mille fleurs'. All the outlines of the design are in silk. The rest of the pile is wool, the warps and wefts are cotton, but the most obvious characteristic of Nain is the coloring, which is dominated by light or dark blue, like in our picture, and cream or mushroom. all other colors are used, but mostly very sparingly. Some pieces have red or gold grounds, but these are rare. Red, in general is noticeable by its absence. The overal coloring is restrained, not to say decidedly cool. All sizes are made, although the price is so high that few dealers hold stocks of carpet sizes. The stitch ranges from a minimum of 322 knots per square inch up to double that figure.
The City of Tabriz, huddled on the edge of the Caucasus mountains undoubtedly has by far the biggest range of designs and qualities of any manufacturing town in the whole of the Orient. It's influence is wide spread throughout the whole rug production world. This particularly rug is made entirely with silk, Chinese origin, based on most refined original Tabriz designs. The beauty of the ornamentations, precision of the weaving process, soft and yet crisp dyes is proof of master weavers production, probably Persian origin.
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Q. You have over 10,000 Oriental Rugs in your showroom...how can I possibly make a decision?|
A. Although it may seem impossible, it is very easy to narrow down what rug is going to be the perfect choice for you. Take a minute to review my video guide on how to buy an oriental rug. Here is a refresher:
Decide on the color palette that you want. Ideally, if you purchase your rug before you purchase fabrics and furniture you are ahead of the game, in the sense that you are not limited to your rug selection. If you have furniture and fabrics that you want to work with, then make sure to bring swatches with you to the showroom.
Before you come down to the showroom, measure the room and roughly sketch furniture dimensions and position in the room. For stair runners, count the number of risers (each step has a riser and tread). Measurements are essential for finding the best rug for your home. A little preparation will give you years of satisfaction.
Color and measurements are the most important elements. Oriental rugs vary in pricing depending on the age, country of origin, condition and quality. Have a budget in mind and we can direct you to an outstanding selection of authentic oriental rugs to meet your desired budget.
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Roy's Rug Care
Four Easy Steps to Protect and Preserve your Oriental Rug
1. Reposition your rug every 6 months. That's right, turn it 180 degrees. Turning the rug allows for even wear, if you happen to have sunlight it will ensure overall fade, it is a perfect time to clean out dust and check your rug for potential parasites.
2. Vacuum with a beater bar only, no brushes. Be careful not to catch the fringe in the beater bar.
3. Interim air dusting and deodorizing. We arrange for pick up and delivery. This is an affordable maintenance that will remove impacted soil, dust, pollen, pet dander and other allergens.
4. Hand washing every 1-3 years by an Oriental rug specialist with in-plant hand washing. Never have a location carpet cleaning service clean. An oriental rug needs to be immersed in water to allow for a thorough cleaning. Hand washing puts back much needed moisture to the rug and the process will clean every square inch of the rug.