A new kind of oriental rug emerged from India in the late 1990s, the so-called tea-wash carpet. In the final step of the finishing process, carpets like this are washed in tea and sometimes henna — two natural dyes, after all — to soften their colors.
Tea Wash is an overdyeing process that achieves the look of an “aged” rug. By using tea leaves, henna, or other chemicals, such as permanganate, this process results in a gold/brown hue that softens a rug’s colors — a coveted look of yesterday, but fashion foe of today.
9/9 Jaipurs, as they are known to those in the oriental rug industry, have become immensely popular in the U.S. market. The name refers not just to the knot count (9 x 9 = 81 knots per square inch) but the Indian city where they are manufactured. Canny marketeers — or perhaps hundreds of retailers on their own initiative — have succeeded in making them known to the public as tea-dyed or tea-washed rugs.
Tea wash, as well as antique wash, has been around for a long time and has since become desperately out of fashion. Many rug merchants would love to reverse the effect and revive their inventory to a more current look, or at best, get their rugs as close as possible to their original colors.
#9528 – India – Jaipur Herbal
Pile : Hand spun wool Size : 6’0 x 4’0