The Pearl Carpet was created using an estimated two million natural seed pearls farmed from the Arabian Gulf

The Pearl Carpet was created using an estimated two million natural seed pearls farmed from the Arabian Gulf

The famed Pearl Carpet of Baroda has a starting price of $5m and will become a record breaker if it sells, beating the $4.45 million paid for a silk Persian rug in New York, at Christies, in 2008.

The sale of the spectacular rug will be handled by Sotheby’s and the auction will be the first for their new offices in Doha.

Commissioned by the Maharaja of Baroda in India in the 18th century, the Pearl Carpet was created using an estimated two million natural seed pearls farmed from the Arabian Gulf.

Embossed with gold set diamonds, rubies and emeralds in their hundreds, the centre piece of the exquisite rug are three large round rosettes put together using table cut diamonds set in silvered gold.

Originally intended to be gifted to the tomb of the prophet Mohammed in Medina, the Baroda rug never made it to its intended destination as “Gaekwar” Kande Rao, the Maharaja of Baroda, died before the rug could be delivered.

Designed to echo a similar rug that exists in the Taj Mahal in Agra, the Baroda example has remained in the Indian princely family since the Maharaja’s death, briefly appearing at exhibitions such as the 1985 landmark exhibition ‘India’ at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Mary Jo Otsea, Worldwide Director of Rugs and Carpets at Sotheby’s says: “It is fitting that a historic object as magnificent and unique as the Pearl Carpet of Baroda is a major highlight of our inaugural series of auctions in Doha.

“The carpet has never appeared at auction before and the sale therefore represents an unparalleled opportunity to acquire an extraordinarily significant work of art.

“I am delighted that Middle Eastern collectors will be able to view this stunning work.”

After the sale all that will be left is to catch the look on the new owners face when someone puts that first coffee stain on to the rug.


Posted by: Tamer Atya | March 1, 2009

Information & benefits about Polypropylene rugs

Polypropylene yarn is a synthetic yarn that has been created to withstand a lot of wear and tear. Polypropylene rugs are easy to clean and the color in the yarn will last longer before fading or bleeding. Polypropylene rugs are excellent for areas with children and/or pets because they clean easily and can withstand dirt, spills and so on. You can spot clean a synthetic yarn with a mild detergent.

Posted by: Tamer Atya | February 16, 2009

Can bamboo flooring tackle environmental and poverty concerns?

Bamboo may prove to be more than the food staple for the giant panda. Considered to be the world’s fastest-growing woody plant, it could be a key component in lifting thousands of people in the developing world out of poverty.

According to the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR), as many as 1.5 billion people currently “depend in some way on bamboo and rattan,” and several organizations are now investigating how growing bamboo in economically deprived areas can boost the income of the residents, particularly small-scale farmers.

One of them is Hanoi, Vietnam-based Prosperity Initiative (PI). Many people can escape poverty by increasing bamboo production in rural areas and by linking local communities with domestic and foreign buyers, the non-governmental organization believes.

PI aims to bolster the Mekong region’s bamboo industry sufficiently enough to bring 750,000 people out of poverty by 2020. It sounds a tall order, but Tim de Mestre, head of Prosperity Initiative’s Mekong bamboo program, believes it is “both realistic and achievable.”

“Income poverty can only be solved by sustainably increasing household incomes,” de Mestre said. “The poor have two assets they can use to do this: their land, to grow commodities, and their labor.”

China currently produces 80 percent of the world’s bamboo and consumes 60 percent of it, according to PI. Smaller and poorer bamboo-producing countries such as Vietnam are in a prime position to “out-compete China” by supplying industries with raw materials at lower prices, De Mestre said.

But why would growing bamboo increase income levels any more than any other type of crop? Its advantage, proponents say, is its versatility and how quickly it can grow.

Bamboo is a genuinely renewable resource which grows extremely fast, is incredibly strong and has a vast number of practical uses — particularly in the building industry.

Around 1 billion people live in bamboo houses, according to INBAR. Deforestation of tropical forests and illegal logging will also make people search for more sustainable alternatives in the future, such as bamboo.

PI’s strategy is to refocus the bamboo industry on “higher-value products”: That is, to concentrate on producing larger items, such as flooring, furniture or building materials.

Such a tactic could drive up the value of bamboo in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, benefiting small-bamboo farmers, as well as those finding employment in the bamboo production industry.

PI says its model is already working in Vietnam, and claims bamboo price increases from 2005-2007 have already been responsible for lifting 20,000 Vietnamese out of poverty. The price of Chinese bamboo has also been boosted in recent months by the strengthening yuan.

News like that will be welcome for poor bamboo farmers as the numbers for industrial bamboo products such as flooring are particularly appealing for them, de Mestre said.

“Typically 60 percent of the sector’s output value is raw material cost.”

That means for every $1 million worth of bamboo products produced, $600,000 of it goes to the farmers growing the raw bamboo, he said.

The global bamboo industry is currently worth around $11 billion per year and is tipped to reach $15-$20 billion per year by 2018, according to PI. The market for industrial bamboo products is currently only valued at around $500 million a year, but PI estimates it could grow to $4 -5 billion in the next 10 years.

For the bamboo industry to thrive, however, it needs to find large export markets.

Currently, demand for Vietnamese bamboo products is domestic-driven. That may take some time, said Darrel DeBoer, a California-based architect who is one of the biggest proponents of bamboo usage in buildings and structures in the United States.

“It’s definitely a different way of thinking than most people are accustomed to here,” DeBoer said. From an environmental-friendly perspective, bamboo homes are attractive, said DeBoer, but not enough people in the United States are aware of the option.

“The building industry is very slow to change and you kind of have to drag them along,” he said. “We are at the very early phase of basically letting people know that it is possible.”

For Travis Perkins, one of the biggest building suppliers in Great Britain, heavy duty bamboo product development is being prevented by a lack of demand it sees in the marketplace.

According to Peter Cook, the company’s timber and joinery product director, its product development has been “confined to engineered flooring,” which Cook says is “quite widely available.”

“But there has been little demand for it to be put forward as an alternative to any other timber products for use in construction,” Cook said.

Bamboo also has an image problem, DeBoer acknowledged. Even in bamboo-growing nations such as China and India, bamboo is often widely referred seen as the “poor man’s timber.”

Often the wrong kind of bamboo is used for buildings, just because it is a local and abundant source. Widespread industry demand for ethical products will be crucial to supporting the bamboo industry, de Mestre said.

What he wants to see is “a coordinated shift from the buyer down to farmers toward demanding only sustainably harvested and even pro-poor bamboo products.”

“This requires coordinated action that is not easy to achieve, but without it, the industry risks growing unsustainably and the benefits to everyone involved will be lost in the future,” de Mestre said.


Posted by: Tamer Atya | February 12, 2009

Carpets are the perfect solution for good healthily living

In the past, carpet has been unfairly singled out for its alleged association with dust and allergies. However those views are little more than urban myths.

For allergy and asthma suffers, the critical issue is the amount of dust and allergens present in the air they breathe.

A recent study by the German Asthma and Allergy Foundation (ALLERGIE konkret 2/2005) found that wall-to-wall carpet reduces dust in the air to half that found above hard flooring surfaces.

Fine dust concentration Particulates (µg/m3)
Fine dust concentration with hard floor covering 62.9
European Safe Limit Standard 50.0
Fine dust concentration with carpet floor covering 30.4

(Ref: German Allergie and Asthma Bund, Media Release 18 June 2005)

To see the full article and all reports: Click here

MAC carpet will show new Polypropylene and Nylon tufted carpet and printed rugs and mats designs and products in Domotex Hannover 2009 the world largest flooring and carpets fair.

And these are some of MAC Carpet new products:


MAC Carpet new designs carpets, rugs in domotex 2009


MAC Carpet new designs carpets, rugs in domotex 2009
MAC Carpet new designs carpets, rugs in domotex 2009


MAC Carpet in domotex 2009
MAC Carpet in domotex 2009


MAC Carpet new designs carpets, rugs in domotex 2009
MAC Carpet new designs carpets, rugs in domotex 2009


MAC Carpet new designs carpets, rugs in domotex 2009
MAC Carpet new designs carpets, rugs in domotex 2009


MAC Carpet new designs carpets, rugs in domotex 2009
MAC Carpet new designs carpets, rugs in domotex 2009


MAC Carpet new designs carpets, rugs in domotex 2009

MAC Carpet new designs carpets, rugs in domotex 2009

Posted by: Tamer Atya | January 12, 2009

MAC carpet will show new products and designs in Domotex 2009

New carpets and rugs creation designs will be presented by MAC Carpet – the leading manufacturer of tufted and printed mats, carpets and rugs in the 20th Domotex Hannover the Biggest flooring fair in the world that will take place during 17-20 January 2009 in Hannover, Germany.


In Domotex Hannover 2009 in Hall 2 Stand B-48 in 351 m2, MAC Carpet will be exhibiting its new product ranges, design collection and new developed qualities. Especially multi-level products and new wool range


 MAC Carpet; as a global volume leader will continue offering its customers a unique proposition through a world class management leveraging its logistics superiority, giving its customers flexibility in product and service as well as giving them local low costing.


In its home country MAC Carpet figures as one of Egypt’s top exporters, with more than 80% of its total production going to some 107 countries and retails at many world class retailers like Wal-Mart, IKEA, Tesco and others. The company corporate headquarters and main manufacturing facilities are located in Tenth-of- Ramadan City, the largest industrial estate in the Middle East. In total, its plants occupy a surface area of 520,000 square meters employing more than 5,800 people.


MAC Carpet was founded in 1981 with approximate production capacity of 1 million Square meters and currently in year 2008 its production capacity has stretched to reach 60 million Square meters per year. In spite of this huge production capacity, MAC Carpet is still able to offer low production minimums as well as diversity in product and service offering its customers one stop shop concept.


MAC Carpet product range includes different applications indoor, outdoor, car, utility, bathroom, kitchen, children and license In addition to rugs, mats, runners, wall to wall carpets, artificial grass and advertising floor panels. In addition to this, MAC Carpet is continuously working on its innovation strategy offering customer driven solutions according to the customer and market needs.


You can visit MAC Carpet in Domotex Hannover 2009 in Hall 2 Stand B 48.


For more information about MAC Carpet;



World demand for flooring and carpets is projected to climb 4.0 percent annually through 2012 to 15.2 billion square meters, valued at $178 billion.  Product demand will be stimulated by continued growth in nonresidential building construction as industrialization efforts continue in less developed parts of the world.  China will record the largest gains of any country and will expand its lead as the biggest floor covering market in the world.  China will account for 43 percent of the difference in worldwide flooring demand between 2007 and 2012, and one-half of the increase in flooring shipments.  Sales growth is also expected to be strong in India, as well as in lower-volume markets in the developing world.  These and other trends, including market share and product segmentation, are presented in World Flooring & Carpets, a new study from The Freedonia Group, Inc., a Cleveland-based industry research firm.


Flooring and carpet demand in developed parts of the world will rise as well, although the pace of increase will be less robust than in developing countries.  Demand in both Western Europe and Japan will decelerate slightly from their already moderate paces of the 2002-2007 period.  In the US, flooring and carpet sales will be spurred by an expected rebound in residential construction from the 2007 level, along with increases in nonresidential construction spending and motor vehicle production.


Nonresilient flooring (e.g., ceramic, wood, laminate) is by far the most popular type of floor covering worldwide, and demand will outpace that for both resilient flooring (which includes vinyl, linoleum and rubber products) and carpet and rugs through 2012.  Nonresilient flooring demand will be driven by the products’ durability and ease of maintenance, and supported by growing consumer preference for high-end and natural hard surface flooring products as income levels climb.  Suppliers of carpets and rugs, the second most widely used type of floor covering, will benefit from growth in building construction expenditures in Western Europe, rising construction activity in other parts of the world and, to a lesser extent, growth in global motor vehicle production.  Demand for resilient flooring, which accounts for the remainder of floor covering sales, will be stimulated by its comparatively low cost, as well as by favorable performance characteristics like high underfoot comfort, noise absorption, durability and wear resistance.


The Freedonia Group is a leading international business research company, founded in 1985, that publishes more than 100 industry research studies annually. This industry analysis provides an unbiased outlook and a reliable assessment of an industry and includes product segmentation and demand forecasts, industry trends, demand history, threats and opportunities, competitive strategies, market share determinations and company profiles.


MAC Carpet – the leading manufacturer of tufted printed carpets and rugs – announced lately that it will participate in the 20th Domotex Hannover, that will take place during 17-20 January 2009 in Hannover, Germany.

MAC Carpet to participate in Domotex Hannover 2009

MAC Carpet to participate in Domotex Hannover 2009



 With 45,000 visitors from the retail trade and skilled crafts, as well as architects and interior designers, plus 1,350 exhibitors from some 60 countries, DOMOTEX HANNOVER 2009 will reaffirm its status as the world’s leading event for the flooring trade. In 2008, Domotex Hannover set new records, with 1,442 exhibitors (2007: 1,336) occupying some 97,083 square meters of display space (up from 91,757 square meters in 2007). Never before had so many exhibitors – from over 60 different nations – appeared at this global showcase for carpets, textile and resilient floor coverings plus laminate and parquet flooring; never before had they booked so much display space. Their exhibits expressively highlighted tomorrow’s trends, featuring new materials and creative designs, including the latest colors and patterns.


MAC Carpet will exhibit in Domotex Hannover 2009 the amazing ability to produce a large variety of tufted custom printed floors for different applications including indoor, outdoor, bathroom, kitchen, children, and car. In addition to rugs, mats, runners, wall to wall carpets, artificial grass and advertising floor panels.


In its home country MAC Carpet figures as one of Egypt’s top exporters, with more than 80% of its total production going to some 107 countries and retails at many world class retailers like Wal-Mart, IKEA, Tesco and others. The company corporate headquarters and main manufacturing facilities are located in Tenth-of- Ramadan City, the largest industrial estate in the Middle East. In total, its annual production capacity 58 million square meters employing more than 5,800 people


For more information about MAC Carpet;



Posted by: Tamer Atya | December 16, 2008

What do you know about area rugs styles?? (Part 4)

In this series posts we will talk about all rugs styles

19- Navajo Rugs:

Authentic Navajo rugs are made by members of the Navajo Nation, which spans parts of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. It is one of the largest artistic communities in the United States.
Navajo rugs are a timeless investment. They’re still hand-woven on wooden looms by talented rug artisans, using time-tested techniques. Most Native American rug artists use historical themes, patterns, and colors, just as their ancestors did.
Handcrafted Navajo rugs are strong, made to last, and they’ll look great anywhere in your living space (even mounted as a wall hanging).
A typical Navajo rug design uses basic geometric blocks, jagged-edge shapes, and a host of earthen colors. Rose, terra cotta, tan, brown, white, cream, turquoise, and corn yellow abound, as do helixes, mesas, and “storm” shapes. Some of the more elaborate rugs also incorporate pictographs and petroglyph animal designs, or symbolic representations of Mother Earth and Father Sky.

20-Outdoor Rugs:

If you have a fantastic garden spot, gazebo, or even a simple set of lawn chairs, having a cushy rug at your toes can add that certain touch of style and charm. Since these rugs let you make sort of a fashion statement for your outdoor environment, they need to hold up well under extreme conditions.
Outdoor rugs are typically crafted of olefin, nylon, or acrylic blends – all of which are highly resistant to water, wind, dirt, mildew, and fading.
Most of the outdoor rugs are power-loomed or machine-woven, for an extremely tight, almost indestructible body.
These rugged rugs are perfect anywhere and most wipe or wash clean easily. They’re also manufactured in a huge variety of shapes and sizes, allowing you to decorate everything from a tiny porch to a huge outdoor room.
Accent rugs, area rugs, huge floor rugs, runners and ovals are all over the market. Any shape you need, you can get. Don’t forget to toss one by the picnic table or add one near the hot tub. You’ll get plenty of compliments and your pampered feet will thank you.

21- Rug Runners for Halls:

Rug runners for halls are long and narrow, usually 2 to 3 feet wide and 5 to 10 feet long, sometimes longer. The long, extended rectangle is ideal for hallways and narrow passages, opening up a whole new world of decorative possibilities.
Rug runners come in a wide range of materials. From super-soft wool and silk to sturdy acrylic, nylon, and olefin. There’s earthy jute and rich blends of rug materials. Fancy shag and fluffy sheepskin. Whatever the look and feel of your home, there are rug runners for halls that will match the look.

22- Rug Runners for Stairs:

Much like the hallway runner, rug runners for stairs are smooth, sleek, colorful, and designed for comfort and fashion. These extra-long rugs are ideal for breathing new life into a tired old stairwell, or adding “bounce” to a hard set of steps.
Rug runners for stairs are tightly woven using wool, nylon, synthetics, or material blends with a smooth (but not slippery) feel. The flexible flat weaves are resistant to damage, stains, and fraying, and they look new for years, even in areas of heavy traffic.

23- Sheepskin Rug:

By their very nature, they’re 3-dimensional, adding luxorious height to the floor surface of the spaces they adorn. They are carefully crafted to strict, traditional methods, ensuring a beautiful product and years of charm. With a superior feel and a refined look, nothing adds an elegant touch quite like a natural puff of huggable sheepskin.
A true sheepskin rug is a natural skin taken from New Zealand sheep, so no two are ever exactly alike. They always guarantee powdery softness, though, so stepping into one is like walking across creamy white cumulus clouds. Your feet will thank you. Sheepskin is naturally thick, fluffy, and dense (they have to keep the sheep warm, after all!) and no synthetic rug can quite capture its look and feel. They’re popular in colder climates where having cushy rugs is both practical and attractive. They’re ideal for use on any floor surface – ceramic tile, vinyl, and wood or wood laminate.

24- Southwestern Rugs:

The term “Southwestern Rugs” refers to two major types of decorative rugs on the market: authentic Native American designs and modern Southwestern themed rugs. Both are beautiful and look great with many types of rustic or contemporary décor, offering great flexibility in price and style for the home decorator.Traditional hand-worked Native American rugs are loomed by the Navajo as well as the Hopi and Zuni Native American Tribes.
They are usually hand-woven using techniques mastered centuries ago, often on a wooden loom. Many rug buyers enjoy collecting Native American rugs that have been crafted by famous rug artists, or by specific tribes.
They offer incredible versatility, a stunning range of traditional (and newer) color schemes, and they’re softer on the pocketbook.
You’ll find traditional block and line prints, mesas, helixes, and scores of other Indian designs, worked gracefully into rugs of wool, cotton, nylon, olefin, and polyester.

25- Stair Tread Rugs, Kitchen Chair Pads and Trivets:

Many people are pleasantly surprised to find out that they can get stair tread rugs along with kitchen chair pads and trivets to match a braided area rug. This makes it possible for people to convey the look and feel of their favorite braided rug into other aspects of their home decorating.

A stair tread rug fits neatly on a step to provide a desired look as well as comfort and safety. These rugs are as practical as they are decorative. Speaking of safety, it’s a good idea to secure the rug to the stair with double-sided tape.

Stair tread rugs come in oval or rectangular shapes and the size is 8 inches by 28 inches. They can be purchased individually or in a set of 13 stair tread rugs, which is the standard number of steps for a typical residential staircase.

Whether you call them kitchen chair pads or dining chair pads, they’ll certainly add comfort as well as a decorative touch to your chairs. The comfort aspect is especially appreciated by families, including my own, that use the dining table (or kitchen table) for family discussions or playing cards in addition to gathering there for meals.

26- Throw Rugs:

Throw Rugs are a home decorator’s best friend. They’re fun and a snap to use anywhere. They add a pinch of personality and a dash of style to any spot in your home! Whether you’re rolling in dough or budget-minded, you’ll find plenty of these kind of rugs ready to make your home a showcase. Beautify your floors and watch your home design ideas come to life.
Many throw rugs have the distinction of being two-faced. No, they won’t talk behind your back when you’re at work – but they do lead a double-life. Many work as both throw rugs and throw blankets, so they’re perfectly at home on the floor or on the furniture in areas such as the guest bedroom or the den. And, with machine-washable being a common feature, they’re a snap to clean up.

27- Zebra Area Rug:

zebra area rug adds sass to your space. The contrasting black and white stripes are bold, fearless, and fun — and ready to show that you’ve got the same type of personality! Go ahead, add a safari-like look to your kitchen, or a splash of the exotic to your master bedroom. These rugs aren’t afraid to be what they are, and they can take your humble décor to wild new limits.  Zebra area rugs are found in three straightforward styles. There’s the classic safari hunter type, which resembles a real cut zebra skin rug, complete with irregular, rounded edges and curves. If you’re hoping to prove you’re a hunter of acrylic zebras, this is the rug for you


Posted by: Tamer Atya | December 15, 2008

What do you know about area rugs styles?? (Part 3)

In this series posts we will talk about all rugs styles

14- Children’s Area Rugs:

your child’s room doesn’t have to be boring! Forget plain flooring and drab décor. Forget worrying about watching the kids ruin expensive accents.
Children’s area rugs can be found in every style from pastel color blocks to Mary Kate & Ashley fashion rugs that are full of personality
You can also find modern rugs, designer rugs and rugs for learning. Interactive rugs that look like little villages are a kid favorite!

15- Custom Made Area Rug:

A custom made area rug can offer something for everyone — from businesses looking for corporate branding to households trying to find a runner that fits their extra long hallway. The opportunity to order a custom made area rug can fill many needs, including specific color scheme requirements, layout problems, and sizing issues that standard rugs just can’t tackle.

16- Floor Rugs or (area rugs):

Larger than an accent rug, yet smaller than a full-room covering, the typical floor rug is a wide area rug designed to cover larger portions of the floor. They can be room centerpieces or dining table pads, or sometimes a lead-in to the stairway or main entrance. Use rugs to highlight a master bedroom or set the mood in a sitting area. These versatile floor coverings are the workhorses of designers everywhere and they’re available in a vast selection of colors, styles and materials.
Floor rugs are most often used to beautify a room, or to lend an extra dimension to an interior design.
Rugs are also commonly used to help protect flooring from stains and wear. Hardwood, fine carpet, or similar flooring sometimes needs added shielding in areas of high traffic. A good quality rug can provide added interest and much-needed protection for your beloved base flooring
Floor rugs are available in an equally astounding mixture of materials and weave styles, from collectable hand-knotted Persians to machine-woven economy rectangles and rounds.
Materials for floor rugs include wool, silk, cotton, polyester, bamboo, sea grass, nylon, faux fur, cotton rag and synthetic silk. Often, two or more materials are combined for blends.

17- Handmade Rugs:

Handmade rugs have been the hallmark of the floor covering industry for centuries, providing beautiful collectables to families from rug-makers around the world
Hand-tufted is one of the most popular of the handcrafted styles, offering a unique blend of patterning and all-over thick softness. Like hand-tufted rugs, hand-hooked rugs use a similar process of looping. Hand-looped rugs add character and dimension and often come in a variety of solid print colors (although many are also patterned). Hand-woven rugs are another type of handmade rug. They often call to mind traditional Navajo rug smiths, carefully looming a colorful pattern on an antique wooden loom. An image like that is fairly close to reality.

18- Indoor-Outdoor Area Rugs:

Stylish. Durable. Fun. Affordable. The indoor-outdoor area rugs of today are all that and more! They’ve revolutionized outdoor decor and they’re perfect for your home’s “inner-self” as well!
Indoor-outdoors area rugs are strong and versatile. These rugs are made to last. They can take a beating from barbecue weekends, wind, rain, and playtime. Most are constructed of highly stable man-made materials (like Olefin, a type of polypropylene). They’re fade resistant, washable, and have an almost indestructible surface that is soft, yet sturdy. They look and feel like the type of rug you’d use right in the living room (and, in fact, you can), so your outdoor areas become warm and inviting
Many people love using them in high-traffic areas, stain-prone spots, or areas where pets play or sleep.

to be continued……


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