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ABC MONTHLY NEWSLETTER

 June 2017

Welcome to Our Monthly Newsletter!

We hope you will enjoy this month's articles.  

This month's topics are:   

Kashan Oriental Rugs

Flood Damage Restoration

 Introducing New Economical Rug Pads

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KASHAN ORIENTAL RUGS

Kashan oriental rugs are named for the city of Kashan, the capital city of the Isfahan province in North Central Iran.

Kashan is one of Iran's oldest cities and was a well-known center of silk, resulting in some of the finest Persian silk rugs of ancient times.

The most common traditional design of these Kashan oriental rugs is a central medallion with corners on a field that can contain any number of curvilinear floral forms and sprays, vines, and arabesques.

The design of Kashan rugs has remained pretty much unchanged for centuries and thus the Kashan is relatively easy to identify and fits well into our Study of Oriental Rugs by Design.

CONSTRUCTION

Foundation

The foundation of Kashan oriental rugs consists of cotton warps (top to bottom cords) and 2 shoots of cotton wefts (side to side cords), usually dyed blue. The first weft is thicker and straight and the second is thinner and sinuous.

Knot

Kashan oriental rugs use the Persian or Senneh asymmetrical knot. The yarn is placed in a loop around one of the warps (up and down foundation cords) and remains loose under the other. The 2 ends emerge on either side of the warp. The Kashan rugs will open to the left.

Ends

The ends are usually finished with a cotton kilim (a flat area of varying size woven at the end of the rug before the fringe is finished) combined with a knotted fringe. An alternating red and blue or yellow and blue weft pattern can sometimes be found in the kilim.

Sides

The sides are finished with a single cord overcast in wool.

Pile

The pile is composed of tightly woven wool and is usually clipped relatively short to allow the intricacy of the design to show through.
Although they would be quite rare today, some Kashans are made of silk.

Colors

The most common colors used in Kashan oriental rugs before 1970 were red and navy blue with the red used for the field and the navy blue for the major border.

From the 1970s until the 1980s, the color palette changed to a pale green/grey field with purple-blue wefts.

Since the 1980s, Kashan oriental rugs have gone back to the traditional colors of red and navy blue.

Sizes

Kashan oriental rugs are made in all sizes.

Signatures or Dates

Although it may or may not be important as far as determining the value of these rugs, signatures and/or dates can sometimes be found woven into the borders.

They could be the weaver's name, the name of the person who commissioned the rug, the area in which the rug was woven, or even the name of the factory that made the rugs.

Dry Rot Problem

Dry rot can be a problem with many tightly woven machine made or hand-knotted rugs, such as Kashans, Sarouks, and machine-made rugs such as Wiltons.

Over a long period of time, the cotton foundation yarns can become brittle and break when attacked by fungi in the air. If this should be the case, there will be slits along the sides and interiors of these rugs.

HISTORY

After the Afghan invasion of 1722, the Safavid dynasty was conquered and rug production all but ceased. However, Kashan soon became known as an important center of the garment trade.

By the late 19th century the market had shifted back from fine wool cloth to fine wool rugs and the rug trade was successfully revived.

One of the most prized rugs from Kashan, dating from the middle of the 19th century (though sometimes earlier), are the antique Mohtasham Kashans. These rugs usually have an antique ivory or gold background, have closely shorn pile and very fine detail. Colors are usually soft pastels and earth tones with a deep midnight indigo blue contrast. These particular rugs often use a subtle form of abrash or intentional variations in the color tones.

Other sought after Kashans include the Manchester and Dabir as well as the Souf.

To find out more about the history, design, and what to look for in Kashan oriental rugs of today, as well as photos of Kashan rugs , please continue reading here.


FLOOD DAMAGE RESTORATION

Help! We've had a flood and my carpets and rugs are soaked! What should I do?

MOLD and MILDEW DAMAGE

Water or flood damage is a major cause of mold and mildew growth. Mold and mildew will begin to develop within 24 to 48 hours of any water exposure in the home, including leaks, sewage back-up, overflows, etc. Mold and mildew will continue to grow until the source of the moisture is dealt with.

Mold is a real health hazard. Infants, children, immune-compromised patients, as well as pregnant women, the elderly, and those with existing respiratory conditions are at a high risk for adverse health effects.

For more information on mold and mildew, please see Mold and Mildew, Mold or Mildew, and Prevent Mold or Mildew on our Articles page. 

WATER or FLOOD DAMAGE RESTORATION for a HOME or BUSINESS

There are 3 important steps you must take when a flood occurs in your home or business:

1.   Call your insurance company.

You need to determine if the damage will be covered. Some policies require extra insurance if you are in a flood zone. Without that insurance, ground water coming into your home or business may not be covered.

2.     Call a certified Water or Flood Damage Restoration Company as soon as possible.

Doing this as soon as possible after you notice any flood damage can make the difference between a relatively short job and a much longer, costlier one.

The damage must be caught within hours in order to prevent sheet rock damage and carpet and pad replacement. Affected areas can be dried with extraction, dehumidification equipment, and engineering controls before mold has a chance to take over.

3.     Obtain answers to the following questions:

The answers to the following questions are important in order to determine whether or not mold and mildew have had a chance to start, which leads to different skills and services. The answers to these questions will also help the restoration technician decide what equipment needs to be brought to the site.

  • The location of the damage.
  • The extent of the damage.
  • The source.
  • Whether or not the water flow has been stopped.
  • The size of the area.

Additional questions which help determine the degree of drying required:

  • What exactly happened?
  • When did the intrusion occur?
  • Has this happened before? If so, was it professionally remediated?
  • What are the walls made of?

WHAT IS WATER OR FLOOD DAMAGE RESTORATION AND HOW DOES IT WORK?

To find out how this procedure works and how it affects your water-damaged wall-to-wall carpets and area and oriental rugs, as well as furniture, clothing, etc., please continue reading here. 


INTRODUCING NEW ECONOMICAL RUG PADS at ABC

Introducing new and more economical choices for high quality pads under your area and oriental rugs!

We have always offered superior pads for area rugs on all types of surfaces in your home.  We will continue to offer:

  • WunderGRIP for rugs on hardwood floors (including heated floors) 
  • WunderFIRM for rugs on hard surfaces such as ceramic tile (to allow the rug to lay flat on uneven surfaces)
  • WunderLOCK, specifically made for area rugs on wall-to-wall carpet
  • NO-MUV, specifically designed for use when oriental or area rugs are used on top of wall-to-wall carpet. This pad  is hypoallergenic and prevents the rugs from wrinkling on the carpet.

Now we are very proud to announce the addition of 2 more excellent quality pads:

GRIP-IT DOUBLE GRIP BLACK

  • Low profile, high performance needle-punch rubber backed non-slip rug pad with maximum gripping power for both rugs on hard-surfaces and rugs on carpet.
  • Economical solution without compromising quality and perfect for applications that do not require extra cushion.
  • Designed for use under rugs of any kind and helps prevent premature wear.
  • Guaranteed to maintain its 'non-slip' properties for 10 years with proper maintenance. 

GRIP-IT DOUBLE GRIP PLUSH

  • Made from a superior quality polyester fabric coated with a high-grade vinyl compound which gives the pad a luxurious feel and supports the rug evenly to help retain its appearance.
  • Thickness provides a rich, luxurious feel and maximum 'non-slip' qualities.
  • Guaranteed to maintain its 'non-slip' properties for 10 years with proper maintenance

WHY RUG PADS? 

There are important reasons why we recommend every rug be placed on a pad: 

  • A very important part of rug care between cleanings includes a pad designed for each rug as well as for the area where it will be placed. 
  • A proper pad will aid in the prevention of premature wear or damage to the rug caused by regular traffic.

FOR AREA RUGS ON HARDWOOD FLOORS:

  • Wear will be minimized because there will be cushioning between the rug and the floor.
  • A pad will help to maintain the structural integrity of the rug, keeping the fibers from being pulled in different directions.
  • Pads help to keep the rug from slipping. Pads limit the amount of air space between the rug and the floor which may discourage insect infestation.

FOR AREA RUGS ON WALL-TO-WALL CARPET:

  • Rugs on carpets often get ripples from wrinkling. 
  • This can damage the rug and break the foundation, causing tears and rips.
  • Pads can help to keep the rugs from slipping. 

FOR AREA RUGS ON TILE FLOORS:

  • Pads will prevent rugs from sinking into the grout lines, thus causing the foundation to weaken, causing tears and rips.
  • Pads can help to keep the rugs from slipping.

COME IN AND SEE FOR YOURSELF! 

Now, as always, whenever you bring area and oriental rugs to our plant, we will ask if you would like to have a pad cut specifically for your rug. We are delighted to be able to make these 2 new types of pads available for you to choose from.

Our suggestions and recommendations are always based on what we what we have learned from years of training and experience and what solution will best serve the needs of our customers and their rugs.

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For Areas Listed Below and Additional Areas Listed here.   


20% off Area & Oriental Rugs Cleaned in Our Plant

Take an extra 5% off When Paying by Cash or Check   

Terms:

  • FREE Pickup & Delivery included.
  • MINIMUM in plant rug cleaning of $40.
  • MINIMUM cleaning of $150 (after discount) for rugs picked up and delivered inside Tompkins County.
  • MINIMUM cleaning of $300 (after discount) for rugs picked up and delivered outside of Tompkins County.
  • Additional discounts do not apply.

For Pickup and Delivery, please call  607-272-1566   to schedule an appointment.

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Includes Tompkins and Cortland Counties & Surrounding Areas in Our Service Area.

  15% Off Carpet Cleaning

Terms: 

  • Limit of 1 discount per visit/workorder.
  • MINIMUM cleaning of $162.96.
  • Cannot be combined with other discounts.
  • Some services may not be available in all areas.
  • Expires 6/30/17.

CALL TODAY at 607-272-1566 to secure the best appointment time for you!


UPDATE ON OUR CONSIGNMENT RUGS ALERT...

THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP!

WE NEEDED MORE RUGS TO SELL ON CONSIGNMENT and WE HAVE RECEIVED A NUMBER OF GOOD QUALITY AREA & ORIENTAL RUGS.

As soon as these rugs are processed, they will be posted on our website.


Do you know someone who is downsizing, changing home d├ęcor or looking for good quality area rugs at a reasonable price for a home or office?          

Do you have a rug you no longer want?   

 Are you looking for a rug to buy at a reasonable price?


Please HELP US to continue this worthwhile service. 

Please share with your family, friends, and neighbors.


UPDATE ON OUR MATCHING GIFT TO THE SPCA of TC...

OUR APRIL & MAY PROMOTION for the SPCA of Tompkins County WAS VERY SUCCESSFUL

THANK YOU ALL!

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WE WERE DELIGHTED TO PRESENT A CHECK TO THE SPCA of TC!

THAT CHECK WILL BE MATCHED!

REMEMBER...   
 

We love our pets and our customers' pets and we have perfected a process that completely eliminates pet urine odor from most area rugs, especially oriental rugs.

Thank you to all our customers who joined with us in supporting our SPCA and let us get that urine odor out of their rugs at the same time!  


THANK YOU!!  WE LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO SERVE YOUR TEXTILE CLEANING AND REPAIR NEEDS!



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