A little bit about rugs..

August 16, 2013 12:08 pm Published by

The Stickley Designer Rug collection was created to compliment our furniture lines.

Just as the finest hardwoods are the beginning of a Stickley table, the finest wool is the beginning of a Stickley rug and both certainly factor into the end product, its beauty, and its durability.

Tibet and Nepal are the roof of the world and home of the world’s highest mountain ranges, including the Himalayas with the majestic Everest. The vast stretches of Tibet’s Northern Highland, so tranquil and sparsely populated, seem to almost touch the sky. This desolate highland is the home of the hardy Tibetan nomads and their equally hardy breed of the Tibetan native sheep that provides the choicest wool fiber in the world.  This wool is harvested and sold in the weaving centers of Nepal where the Stickley Designer Rugs are made.

The pure “Changphel” or Tibetan Northern Highland sheep wool fibers under analysis show significantly longer and thicker staples. The resulting Carpets are beautiful in their wool texture, springy to walk on and durable in use. When this wool fiber is woven into a carpet, it withstands a lifetime of use. It becomes a family heirloom to be treasured and enjoyed for generations.

What is Ghazni Wool?

To be called Ghazni Wool, the wool must be from Afghanistan and more importantly, from the Ghazni area.  This wool, like the wool from the Tibetan Highland Sheep used in many of our Stickley rugs, has traditionally been a long stapled wool that gives a beautiful hand when used in rug production.

Stickley is having the Chobi Collection produced in Pakistan by Afghan weavers using what they claim to be Ghazni wool. Our Stickley rug specialists who travel extensively in the region and have personal ties with these weavers and their contacts in Afghanistan believe it is Ghazni Wool.

Wool is well known for its ability to bounce back after being compressed by furniture and foot traffic.  It can be stretched up to 30% of it’s original length without breaking, meaning it can handle wear and tear very well. Wool does not burn, it insulates and absorbs sounds and is thousands of times more flexible and durable than synthetic fibers.  It is 30% more stain resistant than synthetic fibers due to the lanolin that coats each fiber.  Carpets made of wool can last for hundreds of years.

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Carpets date back to the Neolithic age 7000 BC . The oldest specimen of weaving to date is the Pazyryk Carpet. It was excavated from the tomb of the Shiite chief of the Pazyryk Valley in the Altai mountains of Siberia, the carpet was preserved by being encased in ice! Carpets were used as ground cover, insulation, coverings for the backs of animals and built into the Nomadic peoples homes as protection from the elements.

Wool is a healthy choice as a floor covering, as it does not give off harmful toxins which are released from synthetic fibers and it does not promote the growth of bacteria and dust mites.

Maintaining your wool carpet is easy!

Turn your carpets every few months to allow for uniform sun exposure.

Regular vacuuming is necessary to maintain the carpets as well as spot treating spills quickly.

Rug fringe should be raked or groomed, but never vacuumed, as this can damage and chew the ends.

It is natural for wool carpets to shed for awhile, just vacuum.

Washing your carpet should be left to the professionals  and not done more than every couple of years.

Our mission style carpets were inspired by stained glass windows, gardens, nature, Painters such as Piet Mondrian,  Architects like Harvey Ellis and many other Designers .  Arts and Crafts innovators such as William Morris, Charles Rennie MacKintosh and Frank Lloyd Wright were a huge influence on our designs.

The carpets start at the 2’6” x 4’ sample size – perfect for a doorway, to 10’x14’ size. Some of the carpets also come in a square shape, some in a round. Also available are custom sizes. Custom carpets can discussed with the designers at the store and our Stickley rug expert in Manlius N.Y.

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Our traditional carpets are hand knotted in high twist Ghazni wools, they are made in Nepal, India and Pakistan. Some have touches of silk with the wool to add luster.

Carpets can be used for very practical purposes, such as at front and back doors for cleaning off boots and shoes, staircases to make them safer from slipping and bedrooms for warmth. They can also be used to beautifully define an area like a dining room or living room. Consider hanging a carpet on the wall as soft artwork.

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