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Strange colouring on Indian rugs
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#1 Posted : Wednesday, November 10, 2010 11:45:12 AM(UTC)
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I don't know if anyone's came across something similar to this when buying rugs from India, we have a couple with a strange discolouration as if the light is reflecting off certain parts of the rug more than others. I don't know if this is through a poor wash or if the knotting or dying itself is to blame. Wondering if anyone had any thoughts?

It's kind of like the way viscose material goes if pushed in one direction only it's definitely wool and the pile does seem to be lying all in the same direction.

Anyone think it would improve if we were to wash it again?


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#2 Posted : Wednesday, November 10, 2010 6:46:14 PM(UTC)
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if it is not fairly even, you should get a discount. unfortunately the reality is, as I'm sure you know, even a rug folded up for an extended period of time showing a crease can be a difficult point to explain to a buyer. many want to buy the rug as it is expected, not wait.

The nature of a washed rug is inconsistency. Almost always with luster and herbal. Sometimes this comes out over time. If it's really bad, it often has to do with differences in pile height accentuating sheen in some places more than others, maybe a thinner wool used weaving can create significant discrepancies. If a rug was improperly rolled, or rolled loosely too soon after a wash this too can affect the sheen. Uneven concentration of chemicals added to the mix is just another variable. Especially if it's a lemon wash for luster the chemical absorption rate and reactivity can vary a lot.

From the looks of it, this rug was probably folded at one point, then rolled improperly after wash.
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