About Abadeh Rugs: Situated between Isfahan and Shiraz in the south of Iran almost halfway between the two (at an elevation of 6200 ft), Abadeh is a city and capital of Abadeh County, located in Fars Province of Iran. Abadeh has grown as picturesque market-town. Ghashghai nomads trade here, and tribal rugs are woven by those who settled in Abadeh. Abadeh rugs tend to be based on a cotton warp and have a thin, tightly knotted pile. Most Abadeh rugs are closely cut making them very flat.
Although some of the older Abadehs vary in style, many of the new designs are easily recognizable. Most Abadeh rugs are made in sizes up to 5′ x 7′, but, more recently, a small number of room-sized rugs have been produced.
The Abadeh rug had some difficulties holding onto the market and the weavers searched for new patterns. They were inspired by the Ghashghai nomads who had their summer pastures in the area. The rugs have a red-brown nuance combined with blue and with medallions in the middle and corners.
The Abadeh rugs usually have a large hexagon in the middle with a bow or a medallion and at the corners, a variant of the Heybatlou-pattern. The field is covered with small pictures of birds, four-legged animals together with trees and flowers.
Accent colors include red, blue, brown, beige, ivory, and yellow with green, olive and black being rarer. Designs include a repeating, stylized floral and a combination geometric and floral with a medallion. The medallion layout is framed by a large hexagon filled with small, angular flowers and leaves. At the center of the hexagon and in the corners of the field, will be light colored octagon motifs, which resemble 4 leaf clovers. Borders are usually composed of three frames: two light colored and one dark colored or two dark and onelight.
Due to the use of larger and stronger looms in Abadeh, their rug quality is generally better than Ghashghai rugs made in the vicinity.
Although some Shiraz and Abadeh rugs appear similar, Abadeh can normally be differentiated by their higher knot counts as well as the fact that the warp is invariably cotton. The rugs are almost always exclusively medium in size and the knots per square inch of an average Abadeh is around 90.
In general Abadeh are well made and fairly popular items, particularly in modern interiors or those with a Mediterranean or North African style.
Abadehs are weaved with great care and skill, and with techniques that are constantly being refined to give the very best appearance and quality.
These breathtaking pieces of art surely speak of their history and culture that has made them so well-loved.
They are good utility rugs since they are very firm, hardy and durable.
How to care for Abadeh Rugs?
It is important to know how to care for your Persian/Oriental rug. Persian and Oriental rugs can last for hundreds of years if it is properly cared for; however, continued use of a rug that contains household soil and grit will cause it to wear down, inviting in grime, household pests, and mildew. We are sure you will want to pass yours down for generations. The best way to preserve an Abadeh rug is through great cleaning and checkups!
The best way to keep a rug clean is to keep it from getting them visibly dirty in the first place. Removing outdoor shoes when entering the house (as people do in most rug-weaving countries) is a good idea if this accords with your lifestyle. Bare-foot or sock-foot traffic is much gentler to a rug than a hard outdoor-shoe sole (or spike heel), and leaving your outdoor shoes at the entrance to the house tracks in much less dirt.
For regular maintenance, be sure to vacuum quite often and not use any harsh chemicals on your rug. If you need a professional deeper cleaning, choosing Wiz Team’s Rug Cleaning Service will save time and grant you peace of mind.
Have your Abadeh rug professionally cleaned regularly – not only when it really needs it. For most rugs in our area this will mean a yearly cleaning.
For any maintenance questions or concerns, you can rely on Wiz Team’s Master Rug Cleaners – experts in the rug world.
Abadeh rugs are beautiful and unique, and deserve the highest care. Cleaning them is a delicate process.
Abadeh rugs and other delicate area rugs can be ruined by improper cleaning methods. Improper cleaning can damage fibers, bleed colors, and leave a messy residue. Wiz Team, Inc. is the ONLY Certified Master Rug Cleaning Company in Chicagoland area and our methods are fast, safe, and non-toxic. Your Abadeh rug will look beautiful again!
In our next post we will discuss Afshar Rugs and their rich history.