Many homeowners who are relatively new to purchasing a new Oriental rug have a lot of misconceptions about them. So today, we are going to discuss whether these myths are true or bust.
Misconception 1: Old rugs have natural dyes; new rugs have synthetic dyes.
This myth is a bust. Most rugs that are considered old were made with synthetic dyes. While some new rugs are now made with natural dyes.
Misconception 2: Most new rugs are now made with natural dyes.
This myth is also a bust, although some new rugs are now made with natural dyes, only a small percentage of new rugs are made with natural plant dyes. Many people have learned about natural dyes in new rugs and assumed they are all made that way.
Misconception 3: New carpets with an old look have been given a bath in tea.
This myth is misinformation promoted in the rug trade. Tea is sometimes used but are always mixed with other ingredients to have a permanent color on the rug.
Misconception 4: New Oriental rugs are no longer made by hand.
Oriental rugs are always about handmade. When natural dyes and handspun wool are used, Oriental rugs today are made like thousands of years ago.
Misconception 5: Abrash is a sign of natural dyes.
Abrash is an indication that the wool has been colored in small quantity. The dyes can be either natural or synthetic. Other abrash is sometimes intentionally done to suggest age or village feeling.