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The traditional Kerman Oriental rug fits well into our study of Oriental Rugs by Design. Again, the same caveats must be repeated:
The Kerman Oriental rug (Kirman), like the Sarouk Oriental rug, is an example of a Persian city rug. City rugs are woven in large factory type environments or workshops on permanent vertical looms, producing rugs in many different sizes with designs and colors palettes that are similar. The usual design of these rugs is curvilinear with floral patterns.
Location of Kerman
is a city as well as a province located in SE Iran. It was founded in
the 4th century and was an important stop for those traveling along the
trading routes between Iran and India. It is accessible from the Persian Gulf and Oman Sea ports by train and highway and is the last city between Iran and India.
Brief History of Kerman Weaving
the early 1500s, the Kerman area has been a center of workshop weaving.
The arts thrived in the area because the province was relatively
isolated with little interference from invasions. The dry climate with
little rain also attributed to the predominance of the arts over
area was well-known for paisley hand-woven shawls in the 19th century
until the decline of the shawl industry brought about the reintroduction
of commercial rug production around 1890.
The Kerman weavers, who had perfected the paisley or boteh motif in their shawls, found they could easily adapt to the curvilinear floral designs dictated by the commercial rug industry's demands.
Traditional Kerman Oriental Rug Designs
is a wide range of recognizable Kerman designs, as the weavers not only
wove for Western buyers but for local consumers as well.
Three Phases of Kerman Rug Design
For more information about Kerman oriental rugs complete with photos, please continue reading here.
Fridge, counter or pantry storage? To make the food you buy last until you need it, does it really make a big difference how you store it? It can be so disheartening to bring home groceries, especially fresh produce such as fruits and vegetables, only to end up having to throw them out because they have started to mold and smell bad.
How many times have we bought ingredients for meals that never got eaten because our schedules changed? The average American household throws out probably one-fourth of the food it brings in from the grocery store. That can add up to a lot of wasted money!
of the food thrown into the trash could have lasted longer if it had
been stored differently? What if you knew how to store foods properly
so even if you couldn't use them when planned, they would still be
perfectly fine to use later?
We have gathered some tips for you that could extend the life of your fresh groceries to help you save both time and money...
Some General Rules
The article contains information on the proper storage of 39 common grocery items. Please continue reading here.
A windowsill herb water garden is not only a beautiful sight, it is very handy for the cook of the house. Herbs grown in water will have just as much flavor as those grown in the garden. And, you don't have to deal with the mess of soil and going out to water them!
Which Herbs Grow Best in a Windowsill Herb Water Garden?
Most herbs will grow well in a windowsill herb water garden. Herbs grown from cuttings in the garden will get the best results.
You can use herb plants from the grocery store! Just wash them in plain water first, and cut off the bottom of each stem to allow it to absorb the most water.
They will grow well as long as you keep pinching off the older leaves as they grow to full size.
How to Start a Windowsill Herb Water Garden
The containers for a successful windowsill herb water garden can be mason jars, glass bottles, plastic bottles, glass sets from thrift shops, etc.
The ideal containers would be colored ones so the roots do not get too much light, which is not good for them. This will also prevent algae growth on the surface of the roots and the walls of the container. (Although the algae will not harm the plants, they do make the bottles look untidy).
If you have a container you would like to use but it is clear and will be in direct sunlight, you could attach a small bit of construction paper to one side to keep the bright sun from the roots.
Narrow-mouthed containers are the best because they can support the cuttings and keep them as upright as possible, though the top shouldn't be too narrow or tight-fitting around the cutting. It is important that there be free movement of air so the roots can breathe.
only wide-mouthed containers are available, try covering the top with
nylon or wire netting. Inserting the cuttings through the holes will
offer some support for them. The netting will also prevent mosquitoes
from laying eggs in the water in warmer climates.
For the next step, please continue reading here.
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