Cleaning Your Handmade Rug

Cleaning Your Handmade Rug

Added over 8 years ago

We get a lot of emails here at Kashgar asking us how best to clean kilims and hand-woven pile rugs, both from customers who've bought rugs from us and also (somewhat surprisingly) from people we've never met before.  My response has always been "have it done professionally", but we've just spent a week in a lather spring-cleaning all our own stock, so while it's fresh in my mind I though it was time to share my basic rug cleaning tips with you, Gentle Reader...

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The Opal

The Opal

Added over 8 years ago

Opal is considered the birthstone for those born in the month of October or under the sign of Libra.

A very much-misunderstood stone, renowned the world over for its fiery iridescence and flashes of magnificent colour, the beautiful precious opal is actually classified as a mineraloid gel, comprising tightly packed silica spheres and up to 20% water molecules. The famed opal fires are by causing the interference and diffraction of light as it passes through the silica spheres...

Pictured is a magnificent example of a black opal, the most highly prized of all opal colours. Picture courtesy of Ra'ike


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