Summer time things usually drop off a bit for the Oriental Rug Industry, but traffic on the site has been steady and strong! The forum has been very active, and some very interesting rugs show up there from time to time. A great way to find out quick information on your rug for free as opposed to our authentication process which is usually for more in-depth inquiries.
We had a very interesting visit this afternoon from an individual by the name of Patty. This was regarding a review we had done on the Christmas story rug. It's always difficult to accurately determine types of rugs from one photograph (here are the recommended online images). However, with her follow up comment at te bottom of the page, she was able to identify specifics on the carpet we otherwise may have missed from not being there in person! Thanks Patty!
We also received a very kind email from another individual as excerpt is seen below:
"Hi, I have what I believe to be a 19th century curvilinear floral
Bidjar area rug, and it has a motif like your logo (the arabesque type
symmetric swirl that occurs over the 'rug rag' in your 'watermark')
around its smallish middle medaillon (four of them) and one in each
corner, and a smaller version recurring in the main border, alternating
with palmettes and some rose-like (?) motif. I wonder whether there is
a name for this type of arabesque and what its origin is and in what
rugs it occurs most typically. Love your website! Regards, Susanne"
Thanks Susanne for the kind words regarding our site!
Not too long ago we started a rug glossary on the different types of design elements which may be found in oriental rugs. This is an ongoing process which we hope to add to on a more frequent basis. The watermark in our original photographs was once the logo for our site. We do hope to revive this again soon as it's among our personal favorites implimented in traditional rug designs.
Most commonly, these are referred to as 'cloudbands'. Basically these are design elements which are believed to have originated in China many, many years ago. One of the more famous rugs to use this is the widely famous Ardebil Carpet seen in the V&A Museum in London. You can catch just a bit of the design element in the carpet seen to the right (actually the twin of the V&A rug which is currently located at LACMA in Los Angeles). Including eslimi's, palmettes, and arabesques, they too are among the more popular and widely used.
Depending on the origin, age and other influences.... Generally these are most common to Antique Chinese Rugs such as Peking (look closely at this one, there's another design overlapping them in the field), isfahans, Hereke's/Kum Kapi, tabriz (border in this one), many others (including our images!). Especially given now how eclectic some newer imports are, they can be in just about any rug produced now. However, in a Bidjar is seemingly less common. As you can see, cloudbands take many shapes and forms: some truncated and asymmetrical, others very geometric, etc.
We'd love to see follow-up photographs!
All the best,