History class : Antique Finish Rugs
During India's Mughal rule, master weavers were brought to India to produce fine works of art for palaces and forts. These master rug weavers were given artistic license to integrate their own vision, coupled with popular Indian motifs.
the master weavers were inspired by the European botanical paintings that were brought to trade with the West. The culmination of these creative influences produced rug designs with scrolling vines and flowers, but much truer to real life.
Since that time, these finely constructed, hand-knotted, works of art have achieved world-renowned status. Today, you will find the same designs and patterns that were created by the master weavers, but the finishing process has evolved.
The process to create the antique finish is equally as important as the craftsmanship. The hand-spun wool is dyed in small quantities by a process known as tie-dyeing. This creates asymmetrical colors that are unique to this type of rug, along with aging the appearance of it.
The final step entails washing the rug several times with herbs to accent the sheen, luster and the antique look of the sixteenth century. These rugs will compliment almost any room and endure beautifully for generations to come.
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