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Sharing my passion of Oriental Rugs and Handmade Carpets

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An unique design Cave Hotel in Cappadocia, Turkey

February 23rd, 2012 · Cappadocia, Cave Hotel, Uncategorized

2011 was a challenging year for me! The challenge was

  1. To acquire an old Cave house in Cappadocia, Turkey
  2. And turn it into an Unique Design Cave Hotel

I spent the first half of the year in structuring, re-decorating the hotel and the second half of the year in building the management team, working out the marketing and managing this new venture.

Let me explain what I mean by Unique Design Cave Hotel.


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How to Wash Oriental Rugs? Rugs Washing Tips – the easy & traditional way!

April 4th, 2010 · Rug Washing Tips

One of our client washed recently his small rug using the washing machine. Luckily the rug was not damaged. If you have to wash your handmade carpet, please don’t do this mistake! Never wash your handmade rugs in the washing machine, even if you use these so called special “wool program” or cold water. The [...]


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Hand-tufted rugs are NOT handmade rugs – don’t mix hand-tufted with handmade!

March 23rd, 2010 · Buying Tips, Rug manufacturing, Rugs Quality, Videos

When I search online for Handmade rugs or Oriental rugs, I often end up on websites with a “really nice looking” rug at a “really cheap” price! That’s where I get suspicious and discover that what some websites call handmade rugs are NOT at all handmade but “hand-tufted rugs” made using a “tufting gun”.

A Tufting Gun
You can see some hand-tufted rugs here.

A gun to make a rug? What’s the story behind these so-called hand-tufted rugs ?


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How many knots does your rug have? KPSI, Knots per Square Inch or cm explained

March 22nd, 2010 · Buying Tips, Rug manufacturing, Rugs Quality

Have you ever heard of KPSI, Knots per Square cm or Knots per square meter? Do you know how many knots your rug has?

I thought it’s worth explaining some of these words and what they really mean. This particular post is about the rugs knots density and how it is measured.

What is “knots density”?

Knots density is the number of knots a carpet has for a given metric. You can compare this to the number of pixels you have in your camera. The more pixels you have, the more detailed your picture will be.

Knots density makes sense when your rug has knots (Gordes or Turkish double knots, Persian single knots or other type of knots). You cannot really speak of knots density for rugs that are weaved like Kilim rugs or embroidered like Soumak or Suzani rugs.


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The absolute 10 things to do in Cappadocia – Turkey

March 19th, 2010 · Cappadocia, Photos

Our shop is in Cappadocia (Urgup) located in center of Turkey (350 km East of Ankara). Like other people, I think I’ve understood the beauty of my region once I’ve traveled and lived abroad. I’ve travelled a lot during these years, and lived in France and Ireland, but I recently realized how magical and unique Cappadocia really is.

Volcanic rock used by people as home

Cappadocia has an incredible volcanic-created landscape of fairy chimneys, natural stone castles and underground dwellings of ancient civilizations and early Christian hideouts. It is one of those unique places on Earth where nature and humans lived in harmony over the years and left over amazing traces of Civilizations and Culture.
What are the absolute 10 things to do in Cappadocia?

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CarpetView is now a Rug Rag Associate Verified Seller – and it matters to me

March 15th, 2010 · About

As you may have noticed, we got approved by Rug Rag as a Verified Seller. You can see the new seal logo from Rug Rag – on the left menu of our website – and on the right side of this blog.

I am really not a “Seal addict” person. Most websites pay to get some sort of Seal from “trusted large organization” simply to increase their sales. There are plenty of providers that check your website (in terms of security or basic technology) and provide you with an “expensive seal”. I think these seals don’t mean much – But the one from Rug Rag is different!


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Haggling, Bargaining, Buying your Rug – Confession from a Rug Dealer – Episode 1

March 10th, 2010 · Buying Tips

This first episode of “Confession from a Rug Dealer” is about how to haggle, bargain or buy a handmade rug?

Lots of buyers and tourists visiting rug producing countries ask themselves the same question. Some travel guides will advice you to bargain but they won’t tell you how.

The key question I guess is not how to haggle but how to buy a handmade rug? While in some shops you will need to bargain to get a fair price, in others the dealer will already provide you a good price.

I think if you follow some basic rules, you can’t go much wrong:


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Ooh Suzani – My secret love to this embroidery rug

March 8th, 2010 · New Arrivals, Photos, Suzani

I want to share with you what I call a “trendy piece of Art” – a.k.a the Silk Suzani rugs!
Suzanis are flat embroidery rugs that comes from Central Asia – Uzbekistan. In this post I will not go through the history of Suzani rugs but if you are interested you can read it here. You [...]


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8th of March Women's day – Thank you to all women – weavers & buyers

March 5th, 2010 · About, Vouchers & Discounts

While I was scraching my head to find what to buy for my wife, I thought that the 8th March Women’s day should have a significant meaning for us.
Let’s think a bit. All these amazing handmade rugs are made by talented Women. They are the artists behind the scene that produce these magical rugs! When [...]


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It's not easy to knot a Turkish rug – it requires talent!

March 4th, 2010 · Contemporary Rugs, Rug manufacturing, Videos

As mentioned in our step by step rug making page, manufacturing a quality handmade rug takes time. But I think it’s not just a matter of time, but mostly talent.


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