The World’s Oldest Rugs

Posted: February 2, 2013

Rugs and carpets have been around for centuries. However, no one knows when the tradition of weaving actually began. Experts and scientists have discovered some of the oldest rugs in existence. Many are displayed in museums of ancient history all over the world. The oldest surviving pile carpet in the world is called the “Pazyryk Carpet”. It […]

The Difference Between Hand Made and Machine Made Rugs

Posted: January 1, 2013

How to tell the difference between a hand made and a machine made rug:  To an untrained eye it is difficult to tell the difference between hand made, hand knotted, and machine made rugs. This guide will help you understand the differences and give you the advantage of making an informed buying decision when shopping […]

Designer’s Lecture on Fine Rugs

Posted: June 6, 2012

Designer at Mark Gonsenhauser’s Rug and Carpet Superstore Educates Institute for Learning and Retirement on Fine Rugs Virginia Beach, VA, June 19, 2012 – A lecture on fine rugs was given to The Institute for Learning in Retirement at Old Dominion University (ODU-ILR) at Mark Gonsenhauser’s Rug and Carpet Superstore. Diane Samareh, a designer at […]

You can count the knots, although knots don’t count!

Posted: April 4, 2012

Knots Alone Don’t Count The facts pertaining to the knot count of an Oriental rug are a little complicated. Just counting the knots per square inch (kpsi) alone normally does not give a true indication of the quality of an Oriental rug. One also needs to know the type, and the village or the tribe that the rug comes from. […]