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Natural vs. Synthetic Dyes
Dyes made from natural substances such as roots, vegetables or fruits have been used in Oriental rugs for virtually thousands of years, or they were until about World War Two. By that time, synthetic dyes had almost entirely taken the place of natural dyes. Starting in about 1980, natural dyes again began to be used in the more traditional and/or antique reproduction collections of rugs. Today both natural and synthetic dyes are used in Oriental rugs. A general rule is to use synthetic dyes in more sophisticated "City" designs where the color needs to stay constant whereas in more rustic designs or "village" pieces the use of vegetable dyes can actually add character to the general look of any given rug.