Wool with Metallic Threading Rugs
Wool with Metallic Threading Rugs and Antique Carpets
Wool with Metallic Threading Rugs – Since ancient times, metallic threads have been used alone and with other natural fibers to create rugs and other textiles of extraordinary beauty. These items were not for the average citizen. They were made for those of a status in the society to be able to afford them. These pieces were reserved for the homes and palaces of royalty and nobility who were able to afford them. Now, we can appreciate these breathtaking masterpieces for their beauty and artistry, just as much as they did.
Wool and Metallic Rugs
Gold and silver are the most common metals that were used in textiles. However, you will sometimes find other metals such as copper and even brass. Sometimes, you will find several different metals used in the same rug. This technique creates a spectacular effect due to the different reflective qualities of the metals.
The most common method for using metals in a rug or tapestry is to mix it with other fibers, such as wool and silk. Rugs made from wool and silk have some remarkable characteristics. When wool is to be paired with metals, the wool is typically of higher quality than that which is chosen for standard pieces.
Wool to be used with metallic threads was chosen to be strong, soft, and to have a luster of its own. These pieces reflect the highest quality that is available. Throughout history, it was common practice to import only the finest wool available for these pieces. Local wool would only be used if it was of exceptional quality.
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Wool and Metallic Rugs Through History
Wool and metal rugs have been a favorite among the upper class in many parts of the world. They have been created since the 7th century in the Byzantine empire. They flourished during the 12th century and were traded throughout China, the Middle Eastern countries, and Europe. They also played an important role in the Italian Renaissance. They were an iconic symbol of decadence during the time of Louis XIV up through the Victorian era.
Regardless of where you find them, they have always been symbols of wealth. Because of the fragility of the wool rug foundation and metals that were used, much of the knowledge that we have about them is from written historical documentation and pictures. Few have survived the ravages of time. This means that those that we do have are a world-class treasure and highly collectible.
Making Wool and Metallic Rugs
Not every artisan was capable or allowed to work on these breathtaking pieces. Working with wool or silk and metals often took place in special guilds. The artist had to demonstrate a certain natural talent and ability to be accepted into the formal schools to learn the trade. It took many years of apprenticeship and study. They had to prove themselves to be worthy of such an honor.
The most common process for creating these delicate and beautiful pieces was to spin the wool into a fine thread. The metal-smiths would create a thin, highly malleable filament. The spinner would then ply (twist together) the metal and wool to create a workable fiber. This would then be used to knot, tapestry weave, or embroider the piece.
You would often find these pieces as wall hangings in the royal courts, mosques, temples, and cathedrals. They are delicate and were not often used where they would have heavy foot traffic. Many times, they were only used for special occasions such as coronations, special public events, or religious ceremonies. They were meant to show the power and wealth of the owner, as well as to inspire a sense of awe in the citizens.
At the Nazmiyal Collection, we are proud to offer some of these rare collectible antique rugs to you. They do not come around often, and to own one of these pieces is both an honor and a treat. We invite you to explore our collection of wool and metallic rugs. If you find one that you need for your home or office, feel free to contact our knowledgeable and professional staff to learn more.
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