Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Kitchen Rug: Real Oriental Rugs Are a Surprisingly Practical Solution to the Need [Photos]

There are a lot of reasons for choosing to use oriental rugs in your kitchen, and you'll find you will appreciate all of them:
  • Unlike plain mats they don't show dirt, and are actually resistant to dirt 
  • They're extremely durable; made for the long haul. (If you are using your kitchen to feed an army every day, your rugs might not last a lifetime, but will endure the day-to-day traffic for years longer than other kitchen mats.) 
  • Oriental rugs that are old and worn can still look fabulous; and add a natural, organic warmth to balance the sometimes industrial, too utilitarian character of modern kitchens.

As you look at these pictures, consider how much each rug is doing to enhance its space.

An oriental rug in the kitchen workspace is tough
enough for the job it has to do; and makes
the choice to use it look absolutely brilliant.

A somewhat rare hand-knotted 9x9 round rug was chosen by our customers in New Hope, PA (Bucks County) for under their kitchen table to assure that the chair legs would all remain on the rug when guests were seated.

A small galley kitchen gets the big treatment (and looks so much bigger for it) by placing a lovely camel hair, hand-knotted Persian Hamadan oriental runner on the floor.

The use of the hand-knotted oriental rug makes this work area of the kitchen much more comfortable underfoot. (Certainly better than bare floors, and more
attractive than mere kitchen floor-mats.)

The juxtaposition of the modern, industrial strength
kitchen decor with the rustic, naive assymmetries
of the handmade runner puts a lot of energy in this room.
And that looks like the right prescription.

A well-worn, old hand-knotted oriental rug (likely used by a previous owner in some other home ) has been pressed into another tour of duty in this newly
installed kitchen; and is up to the task.

Absent the modern appliances, this room might have looked like this for over a hundred years. The antique, hand-knotted oriental rug could truly have been on
duty here from the very beginning. On and on
it goes, absorbing the imprint of years of domestic
life; a quiet support for all those years.

We've helped customers achieve this look with properly sized oriental rugs in the workspaces of their kitchens
many times. It always looks, and works, great.

(Adapted from an article posted on TheKitchn.com at http://bit.ly/1DDNwSQ)
(Images repinned from Brandon Oriental Rugs Pinterest Board "Rugs In The Kitchen")

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Solebury, PA Homeowners Complete Upstairs Hallway of Two Hundred Year Old Farmhouse with New Oriental Rugs from Bucks County, PA Rug Store Brandon Oriental Rugs -- www.BrandonRugs.com

Our customers in New Hope, PA (Solebury Township), who are renovating a two hundred year old farmhouse selected a bedroom rug from Brandon Oriental Rugs (see: http://bit.ly/17eP1dM ) and wanted to complete the hallway outside of the room with rugs appropriate for the character and age of the home.

After considering many possible rug styles through the use of Brandon's Rug-Search(tm) service, they settled on a pair of Kazak reproduction rugs. The runner is a Pak-Kazak; and the 4x6 rug is an India Kazak reproduction.

The Kazak style is extremely popular with designers and homeowners who have rustic style homes that welcome the boldly colored geometric character of this rug class.

Friday, February 13, 2015

New Style Oriental Rug Sale at Brandon Oriental Rugs -- www BrandonRugs.com -- serving Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, and Montgomery Counties; Lehigh Valley; South Jersey and Central New Jersey

This video was produced by Brandon Oriental Rugs (serving all communities within a seventy-five mile radius of our store just outside of Doylestown, PA) for Presidents Day Weekend Sale Celebrations; specifically those related to oriental rug sales and especially those offering large discounts of 50% OFF to 85% OFF. It has application though for consumers at all times who are thinking about purchasing a rug (or any fine home furnishing item) at one of those BIG discount sale promotions. Brandon likes to look at our approach to rug pricing as a "New Style Rug Sale". 

Expanding upon the information in the video presentation, Brandon Oriental Rugs invites you to visit, save, and share the following links:

http://bit.ly/1JXtEMg  (and http://bit.ly/1At5Tcs):  RUG SALE REALITY -- What Kind of Rug Sale Are You Looking For: "Biggest Discount" or "Best Quality at the Best Price"? Bucks County Oriental Rug Store - Brandon Oriental Rugs (BrandonRugs.com) - Helps You Understand the Difference

http://bit.ly/1A1A4Wn : Looking for a Rug Sale in Bucks County, Montgomery County, or the Lehigh Valley?

http://bit.ly/16ZgMXu : Learn When The Sale Price Is ‘Really’ A Sale « CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

http://bit.ly/1CmeNVV : RUG SALE ( TALE OF THE TAG ): What's Attached There Reveals A Company's Retail Philosophy AND Beliefs Concerning Customer Motivations and Sophistication

http://bit.ly/1zz3NST : Bucks County Rug Store Brandon Oriental Rugs Is REAL All the Time

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Exact Oriental Rug Solutions For Your Unique Tastes and the Unique Needs of Your Home Are Found at Brandon Oriental Rugs - www.BrandonRugs.com - serving all within a wide radius of Bucks County, PA

Doesn't your home, the place you have imprinted with your unique tastes and vision, deserve something better than "off the rack" rugs to cover the floors?

Do you want rugs for display in the showcase of your home that were found deserving of no better display than being rolled up on warehouse shelves?

Should row after row of sample rug-concepts be seen as offering an answer to your rug needs? (Think about it: nobody seems to have had the faith to make them into actual rugs -- although they'll happily offer to make you one if you give them a big down-payment and are willing to wait half a year for delivery.) 

Does clicking through thousands of confusing rug images with intangible descriptions really offer value in your rug search considering you've built your home at every other stage using the help and skill of experts with whom you've been able to discuss and share your vision?

Given what you've realized above, doesn't it make sense to use the help, answers, and service offered by Brandon Oriental Rugs when you go shopping for fine quality handmade area rugs? 

All of the rug inventory at Brandon Oriental Rugs is selected to honor specific customer requests for rugs of a particular quality, size, color combination, style, or price-point. 

We find the fine handmade rugs our customers are hoping to find for their homes and professional offices: sometimes it is just one rug that can be found nowhere else; sometimes it is a roomful of rugs to consider because of the value each one might offer in satisfying specific requirements of a search.

Send us pictures of what you are doing and would like to accomplish using rugs in your home; or bring pictures of your rooms to our store; or invite us to visit your home so we can discuss and show the options and benefits available to you using real handmade rugs.   

Brandon Oriental Rugs is more than just a rug store, we are a service. We make it easier to find and acquire the rugs you want. We save you time, effort, and cost in your rug search. You'll spend less for the quality rugs you want; and get better quality rugs for what you want to spend. Every rug that is available to us we can make available to you for consideration in your design projects. When rug shopping, there's no reason to DIY when Brandon Oriental Rugs exists to do it for you more easily, and at no extra cost. 

Do you really want to spend hours clicking through thousands of rug pictures online in hopes of finding the best rug to satisfy all of the things you need the rug to do in your room? 
Surely it's easier to send Brandon an e-mail (or pick-up the phone and call us 215-794-2300) to take advantage of our user friendly service that will help you put real rugs on the floors of your home.
  • Brandon Oriental Rugs is a specialty oriental rug store located just outside Doylestown, PA in southeastern Pennsylvania and serving the Greater Philadelphia area (including Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties); Central and South Jersey (including the Jersey shore); and the Lehigh Valley. We are only minutes from popular destinations like New Hope, Lambertville, Peddlers Village, and Newtown. And if you can't make it to us, we're happy to arrange to bring as much of our store as you'd like to see to you.
  • Brandon's proprietary Rug-Search(tm) service helps our customers save time, effort, and cost finding the fine quality handmade area rugs they want. 
  • We are a full service rug store, providing rug cleaning; rug restoration and repair; rug padding; and rug appraisal services.
  • We welcome anyone with an interest in oriental rugs to visit or contact us. Whether you are a rug connoisseur or merely curious, you will be amazed at how the right handmade rug can make any room or area of the home or office a more beautiful and functional place. 
  • We promise you will feel "Pride in Every Room (tm)" where real, handmade oriental rugs are found. (You can get a sense of just how true this is from other pages on our blog, and also by visiting our "Decorating with Rugs" and "For the Home" pages on Pinterest. Never miss an update by following and liking Brandon Oriental Rugs on Google+, Facebook, and Twitter  ) 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Fraudulent Rug Sales Are No Laughing Matter For Shoppers in the Lehigh Valley, Southeastern Pennsylvania, and New Jersey

We hope you are amused by the spoof above. But Going-Out-Of-Business (GOB) sales are no laughing matter, and certainly no place to look for the rug of your dreams. The GOB business model is often used to liquidate inferior goods, and as cover for business shenanigans. "80% OFF" offers are gimmicks that hold forth the offer of an unbelievably low SALE price that is actually higher than the prevailing everday price for similar quality goods at reputable, and thriving, establishments. 

Of course, this "too good to be true" pricing model has gone viral on the internet -- unfortunately for those who get lassoed into deals that are NOT real deals

Brandon Oriental Rugs invites you to ask yourself, "If a rug dealer's tag price cannot be believed because of discount manipulations, why give creedence to anything else the dealer is representing about its products?"

"War Rugs" from Afghanistan Are Popular with Collectors

For nearly thirty years, Afghani weavers have incorporated images of war into hand-woven rugs
(originally published on Smithsonian.com February 4, 2008  http://bit.ly/16hsIDk)

Attorney Mark Gold has an oriental rug in his western Massachusetts home that most people call "nice-looking" until he tells them to inspect it more closely. Then they're enthralled, because this is no run-of-the-mill textile—it's what is called an Afghan war rug, and what it depicts is somber and stunning: cleverly mixed with age-old botanical and geometric designs are tanks, hand grenades and helicopters. "It's a beautiful piece in its own right," says Gold, "but I also think telling a cultural story in that traditional medium is fascinating."

Since the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, the country's war rugs have featured not only images of the instruments of war, but also maps detailing the Soviet defeat and, more recently, depictions of the World Trade Center attacks.

It was women from Afghanistan's Baluchi culture who, soon after the arrival of the Soviets, began to weave the violence they encountered in their daily lives into sturdy, knotted pile wool rugs that had previously featured peaceful, ordinary symbols, such as flowers and birds. The first of these rugs were much like Gold's, in that the aggressive imagery was rather hidden. In those early years, brokers and merchants refused to buy war rugs with overt designs for fear they would put off buyers. But with time and with the rugs' increasing popularity, the images became so prominent that one can even distinguish particular guns, such as AK-47s, Kalashnikov rifles, and automatic pistols.

A decade later, the Soviets withdrew from Afghanistan, and rugs celebrating their exodus appeared. Typical imagery includes a large map with Soviet tanks leaving from the north. These rugs, principally woven by women of the Turkman culture, often include red or yellow hues and are peppered with large weapons, military vehicles and English phrases such as "Hand Bom [Bomb]," "Rooket [Rocket]" and "Made in Afghanistan."

To many, this script is a firm indication of the rugs' intended audience: Westerners, and in particular, Americans, who funded the Afghan resistance—the Mujahadeen—during the Soviet occupation. "The rugs are geared for a tourist market," says Margaret Mills, a folklorist at Ohio State University who has conducted research in Afghanistan since 1974. "And they verbally address this market." A rug merchant from Herat who dealt in war rugs during and after the Soviet occupation, agrees. "Afghanis don't want to buy these," he says. "They're expensive for them. It's the Westerners who are interested."

While this may be true, it's likely that the first "hidden" war rugs from the early 1980s were meant for fellow Afghanis, according to Hanifa Tokhi, an Afghan immigrant who fled Kabul after the Soviet invasion and now lives in northern California. "Later on, they made it commercialized when they found out that people were interested," she says. "But at the beginning, it was to show their hatred of the invasion. I know the Afghan people, and this was their way to fight."

The war rug's latest form shows the demise of the World Trade Center, and many Americans find it upsetting. After September 11, Turkman weavers began to depict the attacks with eerie precision. Planes strike the twin towers with accompanying text declaring "first impact" and "second impact," and small stick figures fall to their deaths. Jets take off from an aircraft carrier at the bottom of the rug, and just above, a dove with an olive branch in its mouth seems to unite American and Afghan flags.

Yet others find World Trade Center rugs collectable.  American servicemen and women frequently buy them in Afghanistan, and Afghani rug traders even get special permits to sell them at military bases. Some New Yorkers find them fit for display, too. "You might think it's a ghoulish thing to own, but I look upon it in a different way," says Barbara Jakobson, a trustee at Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art and a longtime art collector. "It's a kind of history painting. Battles have always been depicted in art." Jakobson placed hers in a small hallway in her brownstone.

In an intriguing twist, it turns out the World Trade Center rugs portray imagery taken from U.S. propaganda leaflets dropped from the air by the thousands to explain to Afghanis the reason for the 2001 American invasion. "They saw these," says Jakobson, "and they were extremely adept at translating them into new forms." And Nigel Lendon, one of the leading scholars on Afghan war rugs, noted in a recent exhibition catalog that war rug depictions—both from the Soviet and post-9/11 era—can be "understood as a mirror of the West's own representations of itself."

If Afghanis are showing how Americans view themselves via World Trade Center war rugs, Americans also project their views of Afghan culture onto these textiles. In particular, the idea of the oppressed Muslim woman comes up again and again when Americans are asked to consider the rugs. "Women in that part of the world have a limited ability to speak out," says Barry O'Connell, a Washington D.C.-based oriental rug enthusiast. "These rugs may be their only chance to gain a voice in their adult life." 

But as long as there's a market, war rugs will continue to be produced. And in the U.S., this compelling textile certainly has its fans. "They're on our floors. And we appreciate them underfoot."

(Mimi Kirk is an editor and writer in Washington, D.C
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War-rugs have continued to evolve as chronicles of the Afghanistan conflict. Drone aircraft used by the American military for reconnaissance and aerial bombardment have begun to appear as significant design elements in the rugs produced. This is discussed in a recent article in The Atlantic. (see: http://m.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/01/drones-are-appearing-on-afghan-rugs/385025)