>Area Rug Cleaning Gone for the Weekend

>So , it is Friday May 20th and the long weekend has started here for a lot of people in Victoria, BC. The community plaza where our office is has been pretty dead today, so how does one pass the time and be productive when all I really want is to be out enjoying the day?

Well first I vacuum and clean and organize everything I can, second I browse rug blogs and leave comments on ones that appeal to me and third I read one of the most definitive area rug books by Ellen Amirkhan and Aaron Groseclose, A Comprehensive Guide to Oriental & Specialty Rug Cleaning. I am trying to learn how to identify all the different types of Persian rugs.

I am having a hard time retaining all the different characteristics of Heriz, Shiraz, Tabriz, Bijar and many more Persian and Tribal rugs. To learn more about these Persian rugs the best website is by Barry O’Connell and that is where the above link will take you to.

I may never be able to remember how to tell the different Persian rugs apart, but just the fact that I know to identify between Persian, Turkish, Chinese, British Indian, Belgium is more than most people can do. I do know what a Hamadan Persian rug is and sometime I see a Nain Persian come in for cleaning, but because I don’t see every type of Persian every day I tend to lose the identifying factors after I read them.

I, however, do not have a favorite type of Persian rug. I am embarrassed to admit this, but I like a Persian rug based mostly on the colours and design. Being in the rug cleaning business I feel like I should love all Persians because of the history and workmanship and I do appreciate that about Persian rugs. What I don’t like is the almost over use of the colours of red and navy. After you see a hundred or so of red and navy Persians in a few months you grow bored of that combination no matter quality and history.

Now for those of you who own a Persian rug with the red and navy colour palette don’t think that I hate your rug it is just not my choice of rug to personally own. We all have reasons for liking the area rugs we do and that is one of mine.

Here is to a nice and safe long weekend for those who get one, RugloverMary- picky Persian lover

>Experts are Me

>Today I felt like a area rug blogging expert. I will be the first to say that my success with blogging is 75% trial and error.

I signed up for some free blogging advice from actual blog experts and put to use their tips. Sounds simple enough, but when I started out I was a bird in the wind. I am still going back through my old blogs and tweaking them.

Every time I upgraded the look of my blog I have to re-format the older ones. The down side to that is I have written a lot of blog entries. The good thing is that they are easier to read.

I received an e-mail asking me to link to another area rug blog yesterday. I read the other blog and decided to give tips instead of linking to it right away. It is a new blog, started in Feb 2010, so I passed along where I got my tips from. That way the author wouldn’t be writing for almost two years before coming across how to write a better blog like I did.

It feels good to pass along what I have learned about blog writing to someone else. I am not by means a go to person in blog writing, but I will share my knowledge.

I am better with area rugs. Ask me anything and I can either tell you or direct you to where the answer is.

Thanks for reading, RugloverMary

>Want to know more about Area Rug Origins?

>You may have guessed that I have a passion for area rugs. I will not deny it. Area rugs are fascinating. They are rich in history, war, dark secrets, hidden love affairs……….too much? Okay, to me area rugs aren’t boring.

My friends think I am crazy and laugh when I say I write area rug blogs, but I don’t mind. They have hobbies and things that they are passionate about mine just happens to be area rugs.

What comes to mind when I say Tea and Carpets?

For me it means a very good history lesson on area rugs and a mighty good read.

Tea and Carpets is more than just an area rug blog. It gives you an in-depth history lesson and transports you to another time.

I just finished the latest post and it was about two rug patterns, Chintamani and Bird, that have gone by the way side.

There is also and accompany story link at the end of the post that is well worth the read. The writer in me instantly got sucked into the story and the agony of the character.

Tea and Carpets goes deep into the how, what and why of area rugs. Even if you don’t know much about area rugs you can still get a lot out of this blog. Check it out you will not be disappointed.

Thanks for reading, RugloverMary

>Blog Content Face Lift

>Don’t tell anyone, but I am getting a face lift. Well, at least my blog is. I have spent the last week reading and subscribing to online courses on how to make my blog better.
I knew that my blog wasn’t as good as it could be, but it isn’t as bad as I thought. I am following the rules to having a great blog, I am just not doing it on every blog post.
When I started writing my area rug blog I had no direction. All I wanted was to educate people about area rugs and how to care for them. Simple enough until you have written over a hundred blog posts and they start to get a bit dry and forced, in my opinion.

Here is my goal:

By the end of October I will have a direction for my blogs

My purpose for the rug blogs will be more defined

My blogs will have action

That is all for now!
Thanks for reading, RugloverMary

>Summer Rug Repeats

>I have writers blank, no not block actual blank. Everyday I try to think of a topic to blog about and I come up blank.
There have been some unique rugs come into Luv-A-Rug for cleaning and repair, but not much to write about. I have covered the topic of rug repairs a lot in my previous blogs.
As vast as the subject of area rugs is when you break it down there isn’t a lot of new topics to write about.
I have written about moth’s,
Area rug repairs,
proper rug storage so many times that I cannot make it original any more.
I have been reediting my RugloverMary rug blog for the past week and I have noticed a lot of the same blog topics.
It is a bit difficult to write about upcoming area rug events since Victoria, BC usually doesn’t have any area rug events.
I am sure that my writer’s blank will pass, as it has done so in the past.
Thanks for reading, RugloverMary

>Silence in the Area Rug World

>I follow a few blogs about area rugs and I haven’t seen any new posts from any of them lately. It is the summertime and priorities have changed with children out of school and holidays, but you still have to work at some point. Why are you not blogging about area rugs?

I like to read what other rug cleaners and experts have to say. It helps me in my job and increases my knowledge and curiosity of area rugs.

When I am passionate about my job it carries onto our clients and they get excited about rugs as well.

When the other rug bloggers don’t write they are keeping all of their knowledge to themselves. Not sharing what you do doesn’t help make you stand out from the crowd.

Share your passion!

Thanks for reading, RugloverMary

>Rug Education not A Cleaners Excuse

>The great thing about being part of the area rug cleaning world wide community is that we support one another, give advice when asked and link each other to other great rug people. My boss, Dusty Roberts sent me an e-mail to check out another rug blog by Lisa Wagner titled The Rug Chick Blog. Lisa is very respected in the rug world. Here is a little bio on Lisa.

I really enjoyed her blog about white knots or as she calls them rug freckles. They are in every hand knotted area rug and may not be noticed until the rug is cleaned. Dirt hides a lot of secrets sometimes. The only secret I have come to know on hiding white knots is to colour them with a marker. It isn’t permanent or sometime practical, but for those few people that are bothered by them it is a temporary solution.

In my two years at Luv-A-Rug I haven’t found too many people who cared much about the white knots showing. On this particular British Indian/Aubusson rug there is a pretty big knot that has worn through. The cotton cord used to weave the rug is thick. Thicker than what is used on other types of hand knotted rugs due to the weigh of this 8×10 British Indian rug. This is the largest white knot I have seen. I tried to figure out how it happened, but since I don’t everything about rug weaving as such, it is a bit of a mystery. It is interesting nevertheless.

When I do my visual inspection here at my rug cleaning studio in Victoria BC, I point out the white knots and explain that they will be more visible after cleaning because to quote Lisa,”When you point things out BEFORE cleaning is it EDUCATION … when you point it out AFTER the cleaning it is an EXCUSE!”
Thanks for reading, RugloverMary, Your Victoria BC, Canada rug cleaner!