For centuries, carpets have been a traditional decoration for floors and walls. It is worth noting that in all countries silk carpets, which are of very high quality and durable, are recognized as the most luxurious and expensive.
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The history of creating silk home decorations goes back to the East, where the first carpet was woven several centuries ago. Turkey undoubtedly considers itself the ancestor of carpet weaving, and this is a fact.
Interestingly, a thicker thread is required to create beautiful carpets, and to obtain it, silkworms are fed with oak or bamboo leaves.
Silk carpets have many positive qualities:
- Thanks to its natural composition, the flooring is considered to be durable when properly cared for and used.
- Silk is not afraid of direct sunlight and retains its original appearance for many years and even centuries. Neither rinsing and fading of paints, nor scuffs, nor pellets and other trifles are terrible for a silk carpet.
- Despite all the positive aspects, the main feature is still considered to be that silk carpets are made only by hand. This is due to the fact that technology cannot surpass a person when working with such a delicate and delicate material.
- In the production of a natural piece of furniture, a careful study of the smallest details is used. But there may be minor defects that the machine would never have. This is the zest that specialists and collectors appreciate so much.
- Silk carpets are environmentally friendly, hypoallergenic, anti-static and very beautiful.
Of the minuses of a natural and high-quality interior item, only the high cost and a large number of fakes can be distinguished today.
The natural covering and decoration of the hearth is divided into two types: pure silk and combined. The first type of carpets can be distinguished by their lightness, high quality and high cost. Combined products are created from a natural base with the addition of wool, cotton, linen or artificial material.
Handmade carpets can be of absolutely any size.
Its choice depends on the area of the room and on what function it will perform:
- Giving completeness to the decoration of the room, as a finishing touch.
- Zoning a room or using it as a bedside rug.
- Creation of a feeling of comfort and coziness.
The smallest products have a width of 0.5 m and a length of 1 m. Then there are larger carpets - square with dimensions 1x1 m and rectangular - 1.95 x 4.8 m. The average size is considered the most popular among buyers. Its width is from 2 to 3 m, and its length is up to 6 m. Today, there are also large carpets, the dimensions of which may have no boundaries.
It is important to remember that the floor covering must be selected strictly of the appropriate size, since it cannot be folded, wrinkled and heavy objects must not be placed on it.
The shape of the silk carpet also depends on the size of the room or office and their style. Today, a large number of different forms are being created.
Small covers serve to highlight a certain place in the room. For example, between two armchairs or under a light coffee table, creating a seating area. Large round coverings are in harmony with any setting, but they will fit best in the living room, thereby drawing attention to themselves.
Square, as well as round, are used for zoning a room.
Oval rugs look perfect in any room. Smooth lines add coziness, comfort and soften the interior with a lot of sharp corners. The oval balances and creates harmony.
Rectangular follow the contours of the room and are considered the most popular shape today.
Designers are increasingly giving preference to individuality, so strict outlines and forms are gradually receding back, missing originality. Today, there is a large selection of irregularly shaped floor coverings: zigzag, twisty, ragged, or even created from several separate pieces. But such carpets are completely unacceptable in a strict classical style. Irregular shapes will look perfect in an Art Nouveau room or in a variety of contemporary styles.
It is worth noting that real carpets are painted only with natural dyes - basma, antimony, turmeric. The colors of the products can vary significantly depending on which country they are produced in.
In Iran create masterpieces with various patterns of flowers and leaves. Also, on the surface of the carpet, there may be a large number of squares, rectangles. But monochromatic items can also be produced. The colors are always restrained and calm. The most commonly used shades of ivory, brown, beige and light turquoise.
Turkish rugs differ from the rest of the producing countries in a pacified and calm style of drawing. Common colors are beige and brown. Lines, flowers, leaves, trees, figures and various symbols act as an ornament.
Chinese silk all over the world it is considered the most expensive and valuable material. Unlike other countries, a large number of shades and patterns are common in China. These are ornaments with three-dimensional patterns, medallions, borders, various signs and almost all colors and shades that are present in nature - for example, red, yellow, black, blue, pink, white, turquoise.
Indian rugs characterized by a combination of bright colors - pink, red, blue, green, yellow.
For different styles
For almost every style, you can pick up such a chic piece of furniture as a silk carpet. Most experts advise experimenting and using silk not only in ethnic style, but also in classic, loft, industrial, Scandinavian and even minimalist. The main thing for creating the perfect composition is the correct selection of the pattern, color and location of the carpet.
In order for the silk covering to look harmonious with the decor, it is necessary to dilute and support it with various accessories with a common color scheme or ornament. These can be cushions, lampshades, napkins of the same color, or large vases with a similar pattern.
It so happens that the carpet ornament is very difficult to find on the decorative details of the interior, so you can create it yourself with your own hands. Draw on walls, hang pictures in frames, or embroider on napkins or covers. This harmony is most suitable for country, minimalism and classic style.
For scandinavian stylewhere light shades predominate, a gray, white or beige silk carpet is most suitable. Thus, the flooring will not get lost in the environment, but, on the contrary, will become a central element.
For classic style suitable rectangular or oval carpets with patterns in the form of flowers, leaves, plants. Crystal chandeliers, wooden furniture and stucco moldings will be perfect additions to the decoration of a room or study.
For a modern style, you can purchase carpets of absolutely any shape and color. There are no strict rules and principles here.
Hi-tech style with chrome furniture, silk is suitable, made in cold shades with a straight geometric pattern.
Into the room loft a carpet with various brown shades and abstractions will fit perfectly.
It is worth noting that a silk floor or wall covering will look advantageous in any style and design. But we must not forget that there are rules for combining styles and decor elements, so in order not to turn a residential or office space into chaos, you need to competently approach this issue or contact a specialist.
How to choose?
Buying a silk carpet is a very important step. It is very difficult for a person who is not a specialist to make the right choice and determine which material is in front of him: natural or artificial.
In order to choose a high-quality piece of furniture that has pleased you for many years, several nuances must be taken into account:
- Cost. Quality natural carpets are never sold at low prices, sales or discounts. This is due to the uniqueness of the handicraft.
- Structure. Natural material during mechanical action, for example, twisting, will never crack and break. In artificial carpets, the fiber structure is very easily disturbed.
- Surface. Silk carpet is soft, smooth and elastic to the touch. In a high-quality silky product, the front side and the back side are completely the same in brightness, which cannot be said about a fake made using a machine.
- Certificate of quality and origin. Perhaps the main thing that you should pay attention to when buying a product. In every self-respecting store, all expensive and elite goods have a quality certificate, which can be provided to the buyer on demand.
There are several other ways to determine the natural composition of a carpet, but they require some sacrifice from the product. For example, to make sure that the decor item is made of silk, and not of viscose or cotton, you should set fire to the thread from the carpet.
This is best done not in a store or on the outside of the product. If the carpet is made of natural material, the smell of burnt hair will be released when melted. It is worth noting that the smell of plastic is emitted from synthetics when burned, and cotton with practically no aroma immediately turns into ash.
Also, using friction, you can determine the naturalness of this decor element. With rapid friction, silk begins to heat up and give off heat, which is not the case with synthetics or cotton.
In any case, before buying an expensive luxury item, you need to consult with a specialist, read or listen to customer reviews and study all the subtleties of the material.
How to distinguish a silk carpet from a viscose carpet, tells a specialist in the video.
Silk carpets on the floor, despite their durability and strength, are very susceptible to abrasion in rooms where there are a lot of people. In addition, this elegant piece of interior gets dirty quickly, and cleaning it is a rather laborious and painstaking job. Therefore, it is best to lay silk in the bedroom in the house, in the VIP areas of public places or in the office of the manager in office premises.
In the living room, a bright carpet made of natural material will look great on the wall. But this item will only fit a classic or oriental room design. In a spacious room, you can lay or hang an accessory of absolutely any color and shade. But in a small office or bedroom, only pastel colors are suitable.