Thursday, April 17, 2014

My Other Machine Made Rug...Naeen

This is my other machine made rug.  This is called a Naeen rug, if that's the correct way of referring to Naeen.  Color and design of a Naeen is very spiritual.  The blue color represents the sky; the ivory signifies the desert sand and the flowers are the stars in the sky.  The size of the flowers indicates the magnitude of the universe.  This is a small 3'x4' rug and I had it by my bed so that it was the first thing my feet touched when getting out of bed. Made from wool over cotton it is velvety soft.  It's now in storage with most of my other rugs but they will all be reunited with me in early July when they are all delivered, along with my other things, to my new house when I retire.  I can't wait!


Velvety Soft Machine Made - SOLD

Very early on in my rug buying period, I was attracted to lots of different floor coverings.  This was one of them.  This carpet is machine made but I loved it. It is most likely a synthetic blend but I loved how soft it was under my bare feet.  It actually feels like a silk rug.  It was fairly inexpensive and my bedroom in Muscat, Oman needed a rug. It is made in Iran and my receipt has "Tirajeh" written on it. Not sure if that is the design or family name.  Anyway, I really like this machine made carpet! Here's proof that even an inexpensive machine made carpet can be a joy.

11/29/14 - Update...this rug is for sale.  I only have so much room in my new house and other rugs have taken up all available floor space. 

It is 6' by 9' and so luxurious!  Asking $300.  If interested, email me at



Sunday, March 30, 2014

Woven Cotton...Washable??

Every once in a while, I would come across a carpet, very cheap, that I really liked.  This is one of them.  It is made of cotton and is woven.  I loved the colors and figured I would always have a little hallway for it.  Or the laundry room!  And cleaning it is so easy!  I've already cleaned it.  I put it in the bathtub with a little Woolite and cold water.  I then stood in the tub, marching back and forth to create the agitation.  And voila!  It was clean.  I put it in the dryer (yes...the dryer!) on air only and it came out looking like new.  This is the kind of rug that could go near the front door to 'collect' the dirt from shoes.  

I may take a lesson from family and friends in Hawaii who remove their shoes when entering homes. That way, my friends can feel the luxury of the carpets on their feet and not deposit the dirt from their shoes!


Kashmir Silk

I love the beauty of rugs in neutral colors.  They will always stand out but in the browns/beiges/navys they can also fit in anywhere.  Just about every time I've considered buying a rug, I've thought of the overall likability of it, just because I won't be the only owner of these rugs.  My kids will get them when I move on, so I try to keep that in the back of my mind when deciding to buy. But hey...if they don't like them, they can always sell them, right?  So all my carpets are loved by me as well as considered investments.

I love this one.  The blue in it doesn't show up too much in this photograph but it's there, and it's beautiful.  It's 4'x6', silk on silk and from the Kashmir region.  And see that little calculator in the picture?  I always had it with me to convert Omani Rials or Pakistani Rupees or whatever currency into dollars. You absolutely must know what you're paying for rugs. And as you can see by rugs laying everywhere, you do have to look at lots before you see just the right one!

Friday, March 28, 2014


I had a dream last night.  This truck was pulling up outside my house...


I'm always looking for something different in rugs and this one had it all.  This small 3'x5' rug is comprised of 3 different techniques. Part is hand knotted, some is woven and there is embroidery worked in as well.  It shows the diversity you will see in quality rugs.  I bought this from a shop in Islamabad that had so many wonderful things...probably the largest selection of pashminas I'd ever seen. 


Another Wonderful Kilim - SOLD

The minute I saw this rug, I knew it was going home with me.  As I've said before, I love rugs with lots of borders and this one has wonderful borders!  I bought it at an antique store in Islamabad and didn't get any paperwork on it (a very unusual thing for me since I always want documentation on the rugs I buy).

Anyway, I love it! It's 4'2" x 6'3" and made of 100% wool. Love it!!! And that's Ali proudly holding it up.  I can't tell you how much fun it was to bargain on the price with him. There was definitely a language barrier but in the end I was happy and so was he.  He and his son own this antique shop and who knew I'd find such a terrific rug???