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The Ultimate Rug and Carpet Thread

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Crate and barrel, was some final sale discontinued item though.
 

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Been looking for a nice black rug like that to contrast my carpet upstairs.

 

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Do you guys use rug pads under your rugs, why or why not? And anyone have recs on a good brand?
 

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Do you guys use rug pads under your rugs, why or why not? And anyone have recs on a good brand?
Yes, we use pads under all of our rugs. I don't know the brands, we get them from our local specialty rug shops/galleries and an area rug cleaner/restoration firm that cuts them to fit. Both provide a rug that is a mix of rubber and fabric. It gives much more cushioning and comfort while wearing shoes or bare feet.
 

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Rug pads are a must. Wirecutter has a few reasonably priced recommendations.
 

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I just dropped off 12 vintage Navajo rugs at Shiprock in Santa Fe on consignment. I will be putting the sale of them towards a few vintage Navajo rugs that are more fitting with our neutral decor.

This first one is a pre- 1905 Germantown weaving. The term "Germantown" is for the name of the wool dyed and woven in Germantown, PA that the trading posts sold to the Native American weavers. The Navajos loved the bright commercial dye colors and buying factory wool was much easier than carding and spinning raw wool.
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This next one is a rare, double sided weave (different pattern on each side) and probably from 1890 +/-. The condition is a bit rough and it has a long history of repairs but it's appeal is ideally in sync with the current trend for distressed contemporary interior decor rugs.
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The most recent addition to our rug collection is this 1920's/'30's Navajo handwoven rug made from natural wool colors and hand carded and spun wool.
How do you verify the age and origin of a rug like this? I have modern hand-knotted rugs from Tai Ping, Henzel, Tufenkian, and Jan Kath. I have low trust in these companies, which I think are some of the most known in the business (their margins have to be insane). I can just imagine buying a vintage rug would be harder, though the stakes might be lower if they are small rugs.
 

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How do you verify the age and origin of a rug like this?
It's a combination of a number of things:
1) The wool and how it was made (commercial machine or hand woven, natural dyes or commercial dyes)
2) Navajos use of an upright loom
3) Navajo rugs have "lazy lines" in them where the weaver stopped and started
4) The pattern is influenced by the trading posts during certain specific periods (in this case 1920-30's it was popular for the trading posts to ask Navajo weavers to replicate certain patterns found in Oriental rugs which were popular in the major cities of the East Coast.)
5) Certain patterns came from specific regions/Trading Posts of the Southwest
6) It looks and feels "right". Once you have inspected, bought, traded enough of these you can spot fakes pretty easily.
 

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How many rugs did you buy before you got to the point where you could spot fakes easily?
...also how many fakes did you buy along the way?
 

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