Home' Scoop Homes and Art : SHA 29 Winter 2011 Contents machine-made rugs that use material backing and glue instead
of the interlocking warps and wefts.
Chris says the biggest historical change in carpet weaving
came in the mid- to late-1800s when the West developed
synthetic dyes. Until then, all rugs were exclusively made from
natural plant dyes, as well as some insect and mineral dyes.
“Synthetic dyes were cheaper and easier to use and by the
early 1900s there was a complete global move away from natural
dyes,” s ays Chris. “Sadly, although the weaving tradition was
unbroken, the knowledge of using natural dyes was lost.”
In 1980, German dye scientist Harold Bohmer went about
rediscovering how to produce colours seen in the antique rugs in
museums and started the DOBAG project (Doyal Boya Arastirma
ve Gelistirme Projesi, or Natural Dye Research and Development
Project) in Istanbul. “He rediscovered which plants to use and
how to extract the colour and taught it back to the weavers,” says
Chris. It has since spread and now all the best carpet producers
are again using natural dyes, he adds.
Despite the return to natural dyes, many rugs are being
designed in the West then woven in countries by weavers with a
weaving tradition, but who are not weaving their own designs.
Les adds that there’s a huge amount of rugs from China and India
flooding the market in the Middle East.
These circumstances are making antique rugs even more
precious as it becomes rare for the whole product to come from
one culture. As such, the value of antique rugs about 110 years
old and older is skyrocketing.
The kind of buying dealers used to do from families in
countryside villages has all but dried up and now the vast
majority of antiques are those that keep circulating within the
western world. “And, of course, a lot of very important pieces
are locked up in collections,” adds Chris.
Although extremely knowledgeable, Chris says he is far from
an expert. “There are several lifetimes’ work in learning about
CLOCKWISE from far
left A beautiful, timeless
antique rug; a tableau
showing how rugs can add
warmth and character to a
space; vibrant rugs on display
in Damascus, Syria.
European antique country style furniture.
Antique clocks and barometers.
Restoration and repair.
Workshop/showroom 220 Stirling Highway, Claremont.
www.dutchtimepieces.com Phone: 9385 3054
Members of the Watch and Clockmakers of Australia
French boulle bracket clock ca.1860
Specializing in antique clocks
Repair and restoration of antique clocks
and barometers by qualified clockmaker
Specializing in Antique
country style furniture
French prov incial dining table
10 seater, from the area of the
Loire Valley ca1850.
Various sizes in stock
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