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5 Reasons Why Oriental Rugs are the BEST!

Oriental Rugs Louisville KY

You can’t beat the value, durability, beauty, and functionality that a fine oriental rug gives to your space. Quality, Oriental Rugs will last for generations, age beautifully, and possibly even appreciate over time. They can be a magnificent combination of function, beauty, and value. They are true works of art that we all live on.

In the last 20 years, many methods of making a rug have been introduced that take less time and labor to produce, but nothing can compare to an oriental rug.

5 Reasons Why Oriental Rugs are the BEST!

  1. A rug can only be called an oriental rug if it has been hand knotted. Authentic Oriental rugs have a distinctive feature that no machine can replicate. The weaver attaches the nap to the base threads with special types of knots that can only be made by hand. In the machine-made versions, the nap is simply stuck between the weft threads and the base threads. It is not knotted down. This can make a tremendous difference to the appearance as well as the durability of the finished rug.
  2. The technique of hand knotting a rug or carpet has been handed down from generation to generation. The yarn is wrapped and then knotted around each warp thread. Each yarn is then hand-cut and hand-tamped to form a tightly constructed hand-knotted oriental rug. One of the world's oldest hand-crafts and the most valuable.
  3. The art of hand knotted oriental rugs is one of the world’s oldest hand-crafts and the most valuable. Completion time depends on the type of rug. As an example, a 9’x12′ Persian rug that has 500 knots per square inch would take 4-5 artisans working 6 hours a day and 6 days a week approximately 14 months to complete.
  4. Oriental rugs will clean easily, age beautifully, and can be repaired if they are damaged.  These works of art hold their value and in some cases when they are 50 to 100 years old, are worth a lot more than their purchase price.
  5. An Oriental rug is soft to the touch and forever plush due to the wool that is used to make them. Some include a wool and silk blend fiber making them even softer while still being very durable.

Eyedia has the best selection of fine, quality Oriental Rugs both new and gently used.  Stop by to see our enormous selection of Discounted Oriental Rugs, Area Rugs, and Runners!

Tips For Choosing The Perfect Lighting In Your Home

Many of us have that thing that we are drawn to “collecting” without even realizing it.  For some it is just one more piece of pottery or for others it may be just one more piece of original art.  My weakness?  That would be lamps.  I have more table lamps than I will ever need!  I seem to be drawn to lamps with interesting textures that I might not have in my room such as an architectural metal, stone or wooden table lamp.  For example, at eyedia right now we have a table lamp that is made of natural colored twigs with a burlap shade.  Love that one!

There is nothing in my opinion that takes the place of well-balanced task lighting (table and floor lamps).  Just as seating and surface placement are essential to living well in your space so is your lighting.  Many times I choose the soft light of a table lamp over other options.  For instance, in my kitchen I have recessed task lighting in my ceiling that is great for when I am cooking.  However, when I entertain I usually choose to light my favorite metal lamp that is placed on an old oak workbench.  It provides a glow in the room combined with candles lit on my table.

If you are in the market for a table lamp here are 5 tips I give customers:

  1. Look around your room in daylight and in the evening to see if you currently have light where you need it. There may be ambient light (ceiling fixtures), however, that does not take the place of task lighting.
  2. The easiest way to determine how tall a lamp should be is to make sure that the bottom of the shade is around eye level. If the table lamp is too tall you will end up looking right into a bulb.  Sometimes the lamp is fine but the shade sits just a bit too high.  In that situation all you need to do is change the harp.
  3. If you are in need of table lamps on either side of a bed or sofa the lamps should be at the same height. They do not have to match necessarily but they do need to be at the same level.  Sometimes it is easier to select a matching pair of table lamps instead of going to the trouble of trying to even them up.
  4. Where space is limited a floor lamp could fit the bill. I love the look of two matching floor lamps on either side of a sofa.
  5. If your lamp needs a new shade for reading it is best to select one that has a larger bottom than the top. Barrel shades, which are very popular right now, divide the light between task light and reflecting light off the ceiling.

eyedia always has a wide variety of table lamps to choose from whether consigned or new.  Table lamps, floor lamps, desk lamps, or small accent lamps just to name several.  We have just received a shipment of new table lamps.  Many are in pairs.  Come in and check them out.  You might just find your inspiration piece!

Find Quality Area Rugs at Half the Price at eyedia!

This is the time of year many of us are putting away our holiday décor and suddenly see our home as, well, bland or needing some pizzazz.  Now that the tree and lights are down in my living room it reminds me that I really need a rug on the floor to pull my room together.  I am around beautiful rugs for sale every day at eyedia and I simply cannot offer one good reason as to why I do not have a rug on my living room floor.  Especially since I have always had a passion for rugs.  The options are endless – the colors, textures, and the personality that an area rug instantly gives a room.  It is where I usually begin when I am designing a space in our showroom.

We receive rugs of all styles:  Modern Rugs, Oriental Rugs, Accent Rugs, Runners, Braided Rugs, Jute or Sisal Rugs, and Indoor/Outdoor Rugs just to name more than a few!  eyedia is a consignment store, however, we also have an amazing assortment of new rugs for sale as part of our selection at great prices.  Most importantly we hold the same quality standards to our consigned area rugs that we hold for our furniture and accessories.

Customers will come in to eyedia looking for inspiration for a room and when I mention looking at our area rugs it many times will give them color ideas as well as thinking about what buying a rug could do to transform their space.  Whether it is a hand crafted oriental area rug or a machine made modern area rug – it will shape, divide, and/or anchor your space.  Sometimes rolling out a rug will define the conversation area in your living room for the first time!

One of my favorite combinations is to take a modern or mid century sofa and place it on a vibrant geometric oriental rug with a modern glass top coffee table.  The beautiful hand knotted rug instantly becomes the art in the room.  Everything can build off of that oriental rug – the color of the walls, the lamps you choose, where the furniture is placed and so on…

I am going to get serious about finding a rug  – finally!  I invite you to come in and shop our entire selection of rugs for sale – it changes daily.  You might just find your inspiration piece!

Connie Roitman

Co-owner of eyedia

Room Rehab Designer Extraordinaire

and frequent blog contributor to eyediashop.com

 

Used Furniture

Used furniture comes in many forms and in almost 12 years of consigning furniture, eyedia has seen its share of lamps. The good, the bad, the fabulous and the ugly, the really ugly. Louisville culture includes an ugly lamp competition,at the Kentucky State Fair. We are a city that revels in ugly lamps, awards ugly lamps, celebrates ugly lamps! Eyedia, on the flip side, works very hard to avoid them, be they floor models, table models or ones that hang from the ceiling..So what eyedia does bring to the shopper is an unbelievable variety of lamps..and about 80% of them are brand new.

Why is that? Why sell new lamps at a consignment store? Unlike a quality Willett cherry dining table or a Heywood Wakefield server, both built to last, most lamps have a limited life span. Lamps simply don’t live for ever. Metal becomes pitted and discolored, fittings loosen up. Colors come and go, styles change quickly. Who remembers beaded shades? Most times, if a consigner is ready to get rid of a lamp, the lamp is likely ready for donation. Lamp shades take a lickin’ over time. Out of shape, dirty and in too many cases, plastic!

Since the day eyedia opened its doors, we have been bringing customers unique, stylish, beautiful lamps. Our designers scour lamp showrooms all over the country to bring our customers a wonderful selection. We could be lazy to do it the easy way, buying bulk orders of common, boring, inexpensive beige lamps, the kind found in dozens of discount stores. These lamps serve one purpose, illuminating the room..but they fail to add any beauty or style to your home.Or we could succumb to a supplying high-end designer lamps with a price tag that can take your breath away. Eyedia has earned a reputation for offering lamps you will not find anyplace else in town at prices you can afford.

You will find a few used lamps in the store..but each will possess something special that attracted our attention. A kitschy mid-century with a panther? A stunning Waterford Crystal? A solid student desk lamp? A good transitional floor model? A floral ginger jar that isn’t pink? You might find any of these for sale at eyedia, on any given day.

So the next time you are in the market for a new lamp you need to check out eyedia. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised..and we have plenty of parking in the rear! We can light up your life!

Empty Nester, Keep or Consign the Furniture?

The day you knew would come has arrived. You got the text from the last of your kids still living at home;

” M, fnd apt. Gng to mv out tomrrw. Cmg 2 gt my furnture.” (Translation: Mom, I found an apartment. Going to move out tomorrow. Coming to get my furniture.)

You will be an empty nester very soon! At once, your head spins with the joy of having an empty nest. Plenty of clean towels, no one drinking straight out of the orange juice pitcher, no empty milk cartons in the fridge….one half the laundry, and on and on. You become wildly giddy, albeit briefly. You hear a voice scream inside your head…”what do you mean YOUR furniture, that’s MY furniture, buddy!

But wait a minute….take a good look at that bedroom set, Hard rock maple with a cowboy and wagon wheel motif. Seriously? You want that? O.K.Let’s assume you do, as my grandmother alway said, “there is no accounting for taste.”And sentimentality is one of the strongest emotions known to man.

On the other hand, maybe you are sick of the “Westward Ho the Wagon”: design style and you’d be happy to see it going out the front door.

Let eyedia walk you through this crisis…it may be a blessing in disguise.

If you want to keep Junior’s bedroom set, you’ll need to help him shop for his own furnishings. Eyedia can handle this challenge better than any other consignment furniture store in Louisville. Eyedia will give Junior the opportunity to set his own style, based on his personality, life- style and the chick magnet he thinks he is. We always have a wide selection of bed, dressers, night stands, lamps and rugs. He will likely want a cool living room. We always have great game-watching sofas, chairs and ottomans and rugs, But, may we suggest a glass top coffee table? Beers cans leave rings on wood!

But, if you can let the old stuff go…consider this, you’ll have a whole new room for yourself!!! What do you want it to be? Craft room? Office? Den? Or a new bedroom for Uncle Fred and Aunt Millie when they come for Christmas, or not. Eyedia can help you meet every need in furniture you might have. Our designers will assist you based on what YOU want, what YOU like. This is YOUR chance to have something for yourself. You know, like what you had before you had kids!

Come see us. Let us help you solve your furniture problem.

Here is the problem we can’t solve : M no fd cmg hm 4 dnr. Brgng a cup frnds. Lvu!

Translation: Mom, no food, coming home for dinner. Bringing a couple friends. Love you!

Consignment Furniture might be the answer

So you’ve inherited all of Aunt Mabel’s furniture. Approach it as a grand adventure not a daunting task! Say you have decided you only want her dining table and wish to divest yourself of everything else, your next call should be to eyedia. As Louisville’s premier furniture consignment store, eyedia can help plan the next few steps and replace your chaos with calm.

Eyedia has provided quality consignment furniture and home decor since 2004. The staff works hard to study trends in design, researching the old and the new, enabling customers to feel confident their items will be priced to assure a win-win situation for all. Whether it be a mid-century Heywood Wakefield table, a traditional cherry dining room set or a funky re-purposed cabinet made from an old chicken coop, eyedia strives to bring a wide variety of items to the consumer, at far below the price of new pieces.

So what about Aunt Mabel’s stuff? Ok, you want the dining table. Now, ask relatives to do a quick walk through. Anybody else want anything? No? Good! Here we go!

  • Pile #1 Trash. Broken, stained, worn-out. Put it in the trash!
  • Pile #2 Donate. Out of style, anything mauve, bad art, ugly lamps. Call your favorite charity!
  • Pile #3 Consign with eyedia. Useable, stylish, quality furniture and home decor. Call eyedia!

Not sure what “bad art” is? We will tell you, gently. We might also have to do a reality check regarding TV armoires and Mabel’s pink floral sofa, but we will do it with all due respect to you and Mabel.

Don’t go it alone! Let’s talk. We will get through this together.

Locally Made Tea Towels

eyedia is a quality furniture and home decor consignment store located in Louisville, KY. We have been in business for almost 12 years and we love all things local and handmade. We strive to sell the most diverse collection of merchandise around! One of the biggest reasons our customers love us so much is because we are all about buying local, giving back to the community, and giving our customers great deals!

Louisville Stoneware Country Blue Flower

Rare Duck Cassarole Country Blue Flower by Louisville Stoneware

Interested in having a rare piece of local flare showcased in your kitchen? Maybe you’ve been eyeing the Country Flower Blue pattern for some time or you’re missing a key piece of your current set, then this would be the perfect dish for you. Eyedia received a rare and local set of Louisville Stoneware Country Blue Flower.

Louisville Stoneware was established in 1815 and has a rich history for this area. The Country Flower Blue pattern, featured on the set we received is in perfect condition!
Take a look at all the pieces below.

We have specialty pieces like this Duck Casserole Dish.
 It measures  13 inches from handle to handle and four inches tall.              

 

You can add a 32 piece set to add to your collections

Or just replace a couple of pieces you are missing!