Posted on

Celts Exhibition Scotland

Celts Exhibition Scotland organised by the National Museum Of Scotland in partnership with the British Museum, unravels the complex story of the different groups who have used or been given the name ‘Celts’ through the extraordinary art objects they made and used. Spanning more than 2,500 years, the exhibition explores history through these powerful decorated objects and examines how art styles have changed considerably over time, often flourishing during periods when different cultures came into contact.

Discover magnificent Iron Age treasures adorned with intricate patterns and fantastic animals, rich with hidden meanings, which were used for feasting, religious ceremonies, adornment and warfare. Learn how these distinctive art styles were transformed and took on new influences in response to the expanding Roman world and the spread of Christianity. Then examine how the decorative arts of the late 19th century were inspired by different ideas about Europe’s past, and played a key role in defining what it meant to be Irish, Welsh, Scottish and British.

Celts Exhibition Scotland featuring more than 300 treasured objects from across the UK and Europe, assembled together in Scotland for the first time. This is a unique opportunity to explore the idea of ‘Celts’ as one of the fundamental building blocks of European history.

Families and schools can join Blewog the boar on a special tour of the exhibition. Track him down in ten places and complete his challenges to discover some of our favourite object stories. You can pick up a trail at the ticket desk or download the family and schools trails here. A Gaelic version is available here.

Ever wondered what an ancient Celtic war horn sounds like? Or how to wear an Iron Age torc that weighs over 1kg? Exhibition curators Julia Farley and Fraser Hunter introduce some key objects from the exhibition in this Periscope film.

The idea of a shared Celtic heritage across ancient Europe retains a powerful hold over the popular imagination. But many common ideas about the people known as ‘Celts’ are in fact more recent re-imaginings, revived and reinvented over the centuries.

Posted on

Your Area Rug Care Guide

blue wool area rug irish design

Wondering about Area Rug Care?

The following are guidelines for area rug care to help you keep your new area rug looking its best. 

New velvet pile rugs need time for the fibres to ‘bed down’ on average for 8 weeks after purchase, or maybe longer depending on the usage.  However they may be brushed by hand or with a carpet sweeper in the direction of the pile, during that period.

After that time area rug care is easy and it will repay you by keeping its good looks if you vacuum regularly.  All cut pile rugs will lose short fibre, which is created during production when spun yarn is cut for tuft formation.  These fibres fall onto the surface of the pile and appear as fluff.  This may be removed without detriment to your rug by vacuum cleaning.

If you find a stray tuft sprouting from the surface of your rug, do not pull it out.  The offending tufts should be trimmed carefully with scissors to the level of the surrounding pile.

Carpets made from wool can and do fade in use.  Fading is generally caused by ultra violet light that is found in daylight, but is accelerated when the sun shines directly onto the rug.  This has the affect of bleaching the colors.  Protection should be given to the rug exposed to such conditions just as you would to other fabrics.

Shading can occur if the pile becomes crushed or brushed in a different direction to the natural lie of the pile.  This causes light reflection at different angles resulting in light and dark patches on the rug.

Stain removal should be carried out straight away if something is accidentally spilled onto your rug as this minimizes damage to the pile and reduces the need for intensive cleaning at a later date.

Water spillage.  If the water is clear blot up with a clean cloth or towel and dry as quickly as possible.  Do not rub.

Grease based and other stains may be removed with carpet cleaners that are readily available from most stores.

Paint can be removed using a recommended solvent such as white spirits or a turpentine substitute, in small measure.

Static Electricity can build up if the atmosphere in a room is dry; keeping humidity high can counteract this.  Static is more usually associated with synthetic materials but it can and does occur with wool.

Slippage.  The use of an ‘anti rug creep’ product is recommended to stop rugs from moving, particularly if using on a highly polished surface.

Fire.  While wool is one of the most flame-retardant fibres available, naked flames, cigarettes, hot coals etc. will damage your rug if they come into contact with the pile.

Our own guide can be found here

 

Posted on

Meaning of the word “Area Rug”

Blue Wool Area Rug "Eternity" designed in Ireland by Higgins & Co

Area Rug Meaning

The meaning of the term “Area Rug” is described by The American Heritage Dictionary as “A rug that covers a limited area of floor space in a room”

whereas in Ireland and the UK its just called a “rug”
The Oxford English Dictionary
describe “Area Rug” as a rug that covers only a part of a floor in a room.

According to the Duden in German language its called “Teppich” or “Vorleger” The French people call it “tapis” while in Spain an area rug would be “alfombra de área”.

 

 

 

Posted on

Caring for your Wool Area Rug or Wallhanging

Blue Wool Area Rug "Eternity" designed in Ireland by Higgins & Co

Wondering how to care for your new Celtic Rug? You’ve come to the right place. Below is a guide that will help you ensure that your Celtic area rug or wallhanging is kept in good condition for years to come!

CARING FOR YOUR RUG & WALLHANGING
The following are guidelines for the care of your new rug to help you keep it looking its best.  New velvet pile rugs need time for the fibres to ‘bed down’ on average for 8 weeks after purchase, or maybe longer depending on the usage.  However they may be brushed by hand or with a carpet sweeper in the direction of the pile, during that period.

After that time maintaining your new rug is easy and it will repay you by keeping its good looks if you vacuum regularly. Consider carpet cleaners Gold Coast for your next carpet and/or rug cleaning. All cut pile rugs will lose short fibre, which is created during production when spun yarn is cut for tuft formation.  These fibres fall onto the surface of the pile and appear as fluff.  This may be removed without detriment to your rug by vacuum cleaning.

If you find a stray tuft sprouting from the surface of your rug, do not pull it out.  The offending tufts should be trimmed carefully with scissors to the level of the surrounding pile.

Carpets made from wool can and do fade in use.  Fading is generally caused by ultra violet light that is found in daylight, but is accelerated when the sun shines directly onto the rug.  This has the affect of bleaching the colors.  Protection should be given to the rug exposed to such conditions just as you would to other fabrics.

Shading can occur if the pile becomes crushed or brushed in a different direction to the natural lie of the pile.  This causes light reflection at different angles resulting in light and dark patches on the rug.

Stain removal should be carried out straight away if something is accidentally spilled onto your rug as this minimizes damage to the pile and reduces the need for intensive cleaning at a later date.

Water spillage.  If the water is clear blot up with a clean cloth or towel and dry as quickly as possible.  Do not rub.

Grease based and other stains may be removed with carpet cleaners that are readily available from most stores.

Paint can be removed using a recommended solvent such as white spirits or a turpentine substitute, in small measure.

Static Electricity can build up if the atmosphere in a room is dry; keeping humidity high can counteract this.  Static is more usually associated with synthetic materials but it can and does occur with wool.

Slippage.  The use of an ‘anti rug creep’ product is recommended to stop rugs from moving, particularly if using on a highly polished surface.

Fire.  While wool is one of the most flame-retardant fibres available, naked flames, cigarettes, hot coals etc. will damage your rug if they come into contact with the pile.

 

You can also view our guide here!

Note: If you don’t use an up-to-date version of Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari or Microsoft Edge, You may need to download a program such as Adobe reader to view this PDF. You can download Adobe Reader for free here.