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Question: What are those bands of uneven color in my rustic oriental rug?

Answer: A change in color in the field and/or border of your rug is called "abrash" and is due to differences in wool or dye batches used in the weaving of your rug. The color change extends across the rug, left to right, following a weft yarn. Rather than view abrash as a rug flaw, many rug admirers value this condition as an artful hallmark of a hand-woven rug. Many machine-made rugs are now emulating this abrash effect to give the appearance of a hand-made rug.
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