|Author||:||Wendel Swan mailto:%email@example.com|
|Date||:||12-17-2001 on 01:43 p.m.|
An importer of new rugs from Iran very recently told me that the high sheen of the wool in one particular line of new Persian rugs is the result of processing rather than the natural qualities of the wool itself. I was taken back a bit, as I have publicly praised these very expensive rugs in large part because of the superiority of the wool.
When I mentioned that the DOBAG rugs have nicely saturated colors but little gloss, he attributed that fact to the DOBAG rugs being less chemically “processed.”
Some Afghan rugs with Caucasian designs also have a sheen far greater than one would expect from their modest prices. Perhaps they and other groups of new rugs are processed so as to exaggerate the gloss of the wool. And maybe, just maybe, some distressed antique rugs have been subjected to something similar just before being placed in an auction.
I know one local dealer who sometimes rubs coconut oil into some rugs to “restore” the luster, but the chemical processing sounds quite different.
I recognize that I’m not giving solid information on which to base a reply, but what do you know of these processes that boost the sheen or gloss of wool? And what are the long term effects?
|Author||:||Michael Bischof mailto:%firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Date||:||12-17-2001 on 03:13 p.m.|
another example of how important it is to know all the details, as with
wine. "All" means all, sensu strictu. About the particular pieces that You
mention I have heard until now, hearsay.
When the price is moderate and the sheen astonishing the least unprobable thought is, of course , "pro-cessing". But let us be careful: without independant judgement (but who should bring that ?) no final word can be said.
To improve the sheen later:
|Author||:||Stephen Louw mailto:%email@example.com|
|Date||:||12-18-2001 on 04:07 p.m.|
I find your account of wool, and of the DOBAG experience, fascinating. Can you tell us anything about the wools used by analogous Iranian outfits, for example, Zollenvari.