Here’s just a sampling of the new Afghan rugs that have just arrived in Farmville. Beautiful, colorful and elegant!
With a tight buying schedule, any sightseeing is done from the back seat of a speeding car as we travel form one village to the next. Visiting the rug making region of India is like stepping back into time. People live very much like they did centuries ago. In the villages, fast food for our buying team consists of fruit and vegetable from makeshift stands along the roadside.
December is a popular month for weddings in India. As we drove back to the hotel in the evenings, we were able to catch glimpses of the wedding revelry–bright lights, fireworks, music and dancing.
India is a country of great contrasts. One day while driving down a garbage strewn street, we came alongside a villager proudly riding an elephant adorned with intricate painted designs and bright silks. Just when we reached the point where we couldn’t stand to see anymore poverty and filth, something truly beautiful would come along.
Green Front’s Ashley Cooper recently traveled all over India on the latest rug buying trip to select an extraordinary assortment of oriental rugs and accent carpets from 30 different vendors. As always, Green Front negotiated great deals on the merchandise to bring you spectacular hand-knotted rugs at truly affordable prices. Thousands of rugs were ordered, and here is just a sampling of what will be arriving:
The Art of Rug Making
As Ashley visited each vendor, she was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the rug making process. With approximately 32-34 steps from start to finish, the amount of pain-staking labor that goes into producing a hand-knotted rug is unfathomable. Typically these tasks are delegated to four or five people over five months (on average) for a basic 9 x 12 oriental rug, equating to almost 2 years worth of labor!
Preparing the Materials
Before the weaving can even begin, many hours of preparation are involved in designing the rug and preparing the materials. The majority of rugs we purchase are made of wool that is handspun, washed, dried and finally dyed a wide palette of colors.
Next is the painstaking task of weaving the rug. An average 9 x 12 rug can be on the loom for four to five months before it moves to the final steps of washing and finishing. Many of the weavers are fourth and fifth generation artisans who learned the meticulous art of creating beautiful hand-knotted rugs from their fathers and grandfathers.
After the rug is removed from the loom, it is far from finished. An oriental rug is a diamond in the rough at this stage. In order for its true beauty to be revealed, the rug’s pile must be sheared down to a lower height, and it must undergo specialized washes. Only after the application of these steps is the beautiful design fully apparent and the luster of the wool revealed . Even after this, there is still additional work to be done. The rug still needs to be blocked, imperfections must be corrected, and the final binding is added to the sides of the rug.
Washing & Drying
During the oriental rug making process, most rugs undergo 3-5 cycles of washing and drying. Careful attention must be given to these very important steps. A proper wash is critical in acheiving the desired finished product.
Shopping for Christmas decorations and gifts? The Christmas Room and Gift Shoppe at Green Front Accessories is really something to see… This one-stop shop features some of the finest gift and décor items at prices below what you will find elsewhere.
A few of our holiday items are available online but be sure to visit the store in Farmville for the full selection… and experience!
Building #8 (Farmville) is literally packed floor to ceiling with beautiful English furniture! There are a limited amount of English antiques, some dating back as far as the late 1800’s. These antiques sell out quickly, so if you are interested, hurry to Building #8.
You won’t find better prices anywhere on this unique, high quality English furniture.
Green Front Furniture has another shipment of 1000 Wildwood lamps available, all below wholesale. This unique decorative lighting collection reflects the talents of Far Eastern and European artisans combined with the creative efforts of American craftsmen.
Available in all buildings and locations. ** Buy two lamps, take an extra $10 off per lamp! **
Come to Green Front (Farmville) on Wednesday, October 3, between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. for a special book signing event with James E. Harris, Jr., author of Flight of a White Dinosaur, which will take place in the courtyard between Building #8 and Building #9. (If it rains, the event will be moved indoors to Building #1 or #6.)
For more information on the author and book, visit: http://www.flightofawhitedinosaur.com/
Green Front’s best single shipment of oriental rugs has arrived! These rugs were all hand selected by owner Dickie Cralle on his rug buying trip last Christmas.
Remember, Green Front has over a million oriental rugs in stock with the best selection and prices you will find anywhere — including the best inventory of Persian rugs in Virginia!
Opened 18 months ago, the delightful shoppe features some of the finest gift items at prices below what you will find elsewhere. Shop for presents, weddings, and gifts for all occasions. You can even enjoy a tasting from their gourmet food selection on Saturdays.