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What is the difference between a carpet and a kilim?
Carpet is made according a scheme and the design has a specific order. The kilim, which is considered a nomadic carpet has no such rules, but the master making it decides about the design according his own will and mood. The carpet does not depend on the mood of the maker, but it is bade on the drawing (model) defined before the making started, while the kilim has opposite making principles.
How can I make the difference between hand-made and manufactured carpets?
If you check the back side of the carpet, in the case of hand-made piece you will find the same design on the back side without the sharpness of the colors. The manufactured carpets are having rough synthetic background where you can’t see the design from the front side.
How many knots are having the Persian carpets?
The number of knots per square meter varies from a model to a model. Manufactured carpets are having up to 500.000 knots per square meter, while the hand-made models can have much more knots. When deciding about a purchase of a manufactured carpet, you must know that for making of one knot the machine has to make two strokes with a needle. If the carpet has 500.000 knots it will have one million strokes. In many cases this is not clearly declared so the buyer can be mislead reading the declaration on the carpet. The hand-made carpets are clear regarding this topic because the only figure that exists is the number of knots; there are no strokes in hand-made models.
Are Persian carpets always “deep” and comfortable to step on?
The belief that Persian carpets are “deep” and comfortable to step on is a mitt. The most valuable Persian hand-made carpets are thin, with over 1 million knots per square meter in large percentage made of silk. Carpets made of wool have less knots per square meter, or are manufactured, and they give the feeling of depth when stepping on them. Those have lower value and shorter life cycle.
How to properly clean Persian hand-made carpets?
One of the most important aspects in maintenance of carpets which will define the future shine and the life cycle is the way you wash it. The best way is to use a vacuum cleaner and nothing else to be done. If, you still need washing, you shouldn’t do it yourself. It is possible that some knots will be destroyed, color from one part may move to another part of the carpet and destroy it for good. Professional washing of hand-made Persian carpets includes check of the colors and their stability prior the washing will start in order for undesired coloring of the carpet to be avoided. Persepolis Shop offers you such services for your hand-made Persian carpets.
Does hand-made carpets need servicing (repair) and where could we do this?
Hand-made carpets may need repair during time. This is most often for the nits on the edges which could be damaged as well as the sides of the carpet which can lose the straightness. Persepolis Shop once a year offers in Belgrade and Skopje servicing of hand-made carpets during the period that a master carpet maker from Iran is a guest those two cities.
How long a hand-made carpet could be in use?
Top quality hand-made carpets could be used over 100 years if properly used and maintained. Practically, as they are stepped on during time, the carpet gets its ideal shape and condition.
Is it wise to purchase old (used) Persian hand-made carpets?
In Iran (Persia) you can find specialized stores for second hand carpets older than 20 years, which have the highest value (price). From time to time they need servicing but the carpet only increases its value, doesn’t lose or quality or its shine.
Which are the most valuable carpets?
The most valuable hand-made carpets are made in high percentage of silk in the design part and the base of the carpet is made of silk as well. Their value increases over time. Some models cost over 1.000 € per square meter.
Where is Persia?
Persia was on the territory of today’s Iran. The most of the inhabitants of Iran are Persians and they speak Persian language.