Carpet flooring- touch of homeliness and comfort to new home

It is a thing of joy to walk on plush carpeted floors instead of cold tiles. Adding that much needed touch of homeliness and comfort to each new home – or a little extra life and color to an existing interior décor – carpet flooring is almost always a good decision. What few people are aware of though is that it is also one of the most crucial decisions concerning the life and maintenance of your home. If you think you can just walk into a store and pick a color off the rack and tell the salesperson to install it for you the coming week then high chances are that in the near future, you won’t be too happy with your purchase.

Brown Silk & Wool Hand-Knotted Carpet

Though color, finish and texture are essential as you hope to live with a specific carpet flooring for a considerable amount of time, factors like maintenance and carpet weave construction play a great role in the decision making process. There are firm and tightly woven surfaces which are easier to keep clean (longer lasting yet less gentle on bare feet), soft and plush carpets which are ideal to use in parts of the house where footwear is usually left out or where you tend to floor-sit, and lastly of course decorative carpets or carpet panels especially for use in drawing and dining spaces to accent colors of the wall or the furniture and add a little ornamentation.

How much ‘bounce’ a carpet gives your stride and how pliable it is depends on the weave of the strings and the material the strings are made off. For example tightly hand-knotted weaves from India are ideal for flooring where decorative patterns and long lasting surfaces are priority over luxuriant soft textures. Meanwhile if comfort is what you are looking at – especially in spaces like bedrooms and personal studies – the best would be hand-tufted carpets which provide just the right deal of spring for your feet.

Keeping them clean and dust-free is naturally of utmost importance, but what few people consider are the fibers that come loose from the carpet flooring itself. It is recommended that you buy carpets made and colored with natural fibers and dyes which are always softer on your skin, and be sure to check the density of the string as well. As far as the life of carpet flooring goes the primary issue which concerns wear and tear is the opening out of the carpets weaves, especially in the most frequently used paths and at the feet of couches and chairs.

Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten color and style – we just thought we’d finish off with the dull necessities first. Now naturally color is a personal and subjective decision that only you can make, but when in doubt stick to the classics and you can’t really go wrong –warm shades of reds, oranges or greens for the living and dining spaces with panels of lavish decoration and cool blue pastels and teals for inner more private areas. If you want to combine function and color, take slightly darker shades in recurrently used walkways to mask the eventual but inevitable abrasion and change in coloration.

It’s not only about how great your feet feel – your carpet floors can be styled to accent the color of your walls and furnishings, they’ll soften every slip or mistaken fall, act as noise buffers and minimize echo, and even trap in its intimate weaves particles of dust to considerably improve the quality of air.

 

Carpets In India- The life of a carpet begins as just strings

Nothing can compare to the feeling of your feet touching the ground and falling gently on the hand-woven masterpiece, each thread containing within it just a little bit of imperial history. Introduced in the early 16th Century, the story of carpets in India starts with the Mughals. Being a necessity in geographically colder regions, the art of weaving and knotting to create intricately decorated surfaces has now become an integral part of the handicraft tradition of this subcontinent. Every time you glance at the hues and complexity of the fabric, a thought will be lent to the artisans brought from Persia who held on to their style under the patronage of the Mughal court, gradually moving away from the highly zoomorphic forms and arabesque patterns towards more Indian motifs with dominating linearity.

Carpets in India

A plethora of color and intricate designs, carpets in India have left a mark in the home décor sector around the world. Handicrafts are an exemplification of India’s cultural diversity; each carpet, rug or durrie having a unique characteristic and telling a story so mesmerizing of its past that none can deny its elegance. If the beauty isn’t enough for you, there is little debate that carpets in India are also the epitome of skill and workmanship – here in Carpet Mahal you will be spellbound not only by the visual labyrinth but also by the heights of technical mastery that few can perfect.

The life of a carpet begins as just strings – painstakingly and skillfully woven into knots and tufts to create the elaborate surface we revere, and for those of you who prefer to steer clear off chemicals, the bold reds and greens that brighten the room are stained into the fabric carefully with natural dyes.

While it is near impossible to fully explore the types of carpets in India and do each technique justice, broadly speaking there is the age old hand knotted and tufted carpets(requiring immense skill and patience as one could take months to weave), reversible durries, and pure silk weaves. A hand knotted weave is the most revered, being sturdy yet intricate as the surface is composed of tightly fastened tethers; a skilled workman weaves a mere one square foot in three full working days of eight hours each.

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Generic weaves with elaborate work are ideal to add that touch of royalty, but the history of a carpet doesn’t end just there. Elements of narration, mythology and ancient history have woven themselves into the fine drapery, giving the carpets in India yet another dimension. For those of you unfamiliar with such narratives, each motif of a peacock or a bull or even those graciously spreading branches of a tree are closely linked to sanctity and myths.
Yearly 7 million weavers earn their daily bread solely from the booming export markets – this tradition that has been passed down generations from the early 1500’s is a skill that ranks as one of this country’s renowned national treasures.
If you are looking for a way to brighten up that pastel living room with bold geometric durries or add a little elaborate and sophisticated style to an otherwise plain interior, carpets from India are a class apart. Online shopping and growing global markets make time-honored carpets accessible to you wherever you may be, and todays designers have assured that carpets tailor-made for you – be it traditional or contemporary in manner – can be bought in just a click!

CARPETS AND SILKS, INDIA

Being Expats our propensity to “consume” is quite low. Beside the fact that we are living in Tokyo, we have entered into a phase in our lives where we are getting rid of things – not adding. It has to be pretty special to get into our suitcase on a trip.

Carpet mahal

Our guide had scheduled a stop at a textile shop which is a collective and one that he trusts. I have a long sales background and appreciate a good selling process. Their process is all about creating that emotional tie, letting us know the background on the collective and walking us through how the carpets are made.

The selling process started with showing us how they print silk by hand. Amazing to watch.

Carpet mahal

Carpet Mahal

Carpet Mahal

Carpet Mahal

                                                  The finished process.

Carpet Mahal

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