THE PRECAUTIONS TO TAKE ON PURCHASE OF SILK CARPETS
When You are looking for SILK CARPETS we would like you to look carefully at the silk Persian rug: it should be tightly woven (with more than 200 knots per sq. in., and often with 500 or more knots), intricately detailed, closely clipped, and it should have real silk fringe that is clearly an extension of the rug’s structure, not sewn on or sewn into the ends of the silk rug. Artificial silk oriental rugs often have only medium weaves (less than 250 knots per sq. in., and sometimes less than 150 knots per in.), and often have cotton fringe. Good quality real silk Persian rugs always have real silk fringe
iT IS OBSERVED that in the market there are transient distributors of low-integrity who sell artificial silk Persian rugs for the same price as real Persian silk rugs. The Artificial silk is easily made of mercerized cotton, or rayon fibers. It does not come from the cocoon of a silk worm. Cotton fibers are mercerized by being stretched under controlled tension, at room temperature, while being treated with a caustic soda solution. This causes the fiber to swell, and makes it much more lustrous and reflective. Rayon is made almost entirely of pure cellulose.
It is produced by first dissolving cellulose to a thick yellow liquid, called viscose. The viscose is extruded through tiny holes into a chemical bath that makes long filaments that are spun into thread or yarn. Artificial Silk rug though looks so beautiful i n its production form it does not have a long lasting quality fabric, in addition will also lose its lustrous shine quickly. The durability of this fabric Carpet is less than that of wool.
So the question arises how do we come to know whether the CARPET is a genuine SILK CARPETS. AT KOHIMARAN we have done the field work and with that information it becomes easy for a layman also to determine whether the carpet is genuine SILK or NOT.
THE FIELD WORK is divided into the following parts and can assist a person for the determination of the CARPET as genuine Silk or not.
1. The easiest way is RUBBING
This test can give you a some idea about the genuineness of the Carpet by differentiating the real silk from artificial silk by vigorously rubbing the pile with your open palm. The real silk rug feels warm, the artificial silk rug stays cool to the touch. Though this test can give you an idea but not a complete picture unless the Shop has lot of Silk carpets to give you a good quantity of Sampling.
2. The Test which lot of Retailers will not allow you to do THE BURN TEST
When you are sure that the fringes are not stitched to the Carpet and they are the foundation of the carpet you can Clip off a small piece of the fringe and burn it otherwise you can ask the Seller to allow you to draw a knot out of the rug with a needle or a pin. usually it does not make any difference if you draw a piece of knot fabric as the carpet has millions of knots . This will be objected only if there i not a genuineness of the same. After burning the fabric you will notice both the appearance of the ash, and the smell of the smoke. If the material is artificial, the ash should be smooth and powdery and the smell should be similar to that of burnt paper. On the other hand, if the sample is real oriental silk rug the ash should be blackened and flaky, and the smell will be reminiscent to the smell of burning hair.
3. The Certificate of Origin
Usually All retailers will be able to give you a certificate of Origin which states the County of making , The material Used and the knottage of the Carpet. The buyer should insist on the certificate . In case of any doubt then the buyer can show the Carpet brought to any other dealer and check it viz a viz the Certificate.
Finally to close this blog , The Buyer should be convinced that the Seller is genuine in his deals and is not ripping him off. The Market reputation of the RUG DEALER forms the BEST TEST.