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History of Persian Rugs

Persian carpets are widely recognized as some of the most beautiful and intricate handwoven carpets in the world. For centuries, these exquisite pieces have been crafted in Iran (formerly known as Persia) using traditional methods passed down from generation to generation. The history of Persian carpets is a long and fascinating one. Carpet-making is thought to have originated in the Middle East over 2,000 years ago, and the earliest known examples come from the ancient city of Pazyryk in Siberia. These Pazyryk carpets date back to the 5th century BC and feature intricate designs with animals, plants, and geometric patterns. It was in the 16th century that Persian carpets began to gain popularity in Europe. They were carried all across the world and even in Asia through the silk route. 
European royalty and nobles often displayed their Persian carpets as a sign of wealth and prestige. Today, Persian carpets are still highly sought-after by collectors and those looking for an elegant addition to their home décor. While modern machines can mass-produce carpets with similar patterns to those seen in vintage Persian rugs, nothing can quite replicate these timeless treasures' artistry, craftsmanship, and history.

How are Persian Rugs Made?

The process begins with selecting high-quality wool dyed using natural dyes. The wool is then hand-knotted onto a cotton foundation, which can take months or even years to complete. The carpet is placed on a wooden loom vertically, where the strings of the desired choice of thread are wrapped. Millions of knots are wrapped, which gives it the world-famous density and a high knot per square inch. Whether looking for a carpet to brighten up your home or as a special gift, a Persian rug is sure to add elegance and style. Each motif, symbol, and color signify a meaning that is itched in the memory of the craftsperson. The result is a work of art that is beautiful and durable, able to last for generations with proper care.

Distinct Features of a Persian Rug

Persian carpets are renowned for their intricate designs and beautiful colors. But what sets them apart from other types of rugs? Here are some of the distinct features of Persian rugs:

1. Persian carpets usually have a very dense pile, which makes them incredibly soft and plush. The pile is also often intricately knotted, giving the rug a luxurious feel.

2. The designs on these carpets are usually quite detailed and elaborate. They often feature flowers, geometric patterns, and other traditional motifs.

3. The colors are usually very rich and vibrant. They include deep reds, blues, and greens.

4. Persian carpets are typically made from high-quality materials like wool or silk. This contributes to their durability and longevity.

Different Types of Persian Carpet

The varied styles of these carpets are inherent to Persia. Still, they can be further identified by the region or community that makes them. Here are some of the most renowned ones:

Bijar Rugs 

They are typically made in Iran, and their name comes from the city of Bijar, located in the northwestern part of the country. These Persian rugs are characterized by their thick, heavy pile and tightly woven construction. Bijar rugs are often made of wool but can also be made of cotton or other materials. They are typically dyed in rich, vibrant colors and feature intricate patterns. 

Esfahan Persian Rugs 

The city of Esfahan is located in the central part of Iran and has a long history of rug making. The Persian Empire was once located here, and the city was an important center of trade and culture. Today, Esfahan is still an important center for rug making, and the rugs made here are some of the finest in the world. The process of creating an Esfahan Persian rug begins with the selection of the finest quality wool. The designs used in Esfahan Persian rugs are often inspired by nature or traditional Iranian motifs. 

Gabbeh Persian Rugs

Gabbehs are sometimes referred to as "tribal" or "folk" rugs and have a distinctive simplicity to their design. Traditionally, Gabbeh carpets were made by nomadic tribespeople, and they were used as floor coverings in tents and other temporary dwellings. Today, Gabbeh rugs are still made by some nomadic tribespeople in Iran, but they are also mass-produced for the international market. While traditional Gabbehs tend to be relatively small, today's versions come in all sizes.

Bakhtiari Persian Rugs

The Bakhtiari tribe is a largely nomadic group that originates from Iran, and they are known for their exquisite carpet-making skills. The settled Bakhtiari often weave pile rugs thicker and more detailed than flat-woven carpets. On the other hand, the nomadic Bakhtiari focus on flat-woven rugs that can be easily rolled up and carried with them on their travels. These carpets use a combination of geometric and floral patterns spread throughout the rug area. They have a rectangular border that encloses a hexagonal or diamond shape which is filled with intricate leaves and flowers. These carpets are some of the most sought-after carpets in the world, prized for their intricate designs and luxurious materials. 

Bakshayesh Persian Rugs

Bakshayesh Persian Rugs are some of the most beautiful and intricate carpets in the world. These artistically symbolic carpets come from the Persian region of Iran; these rugs are made with extremely highest quality materials and craftsmanship. Each Bakshayesh Persian Rug is unique and can take several years to complete. The finest of these rugs can be found in royal palaces and homes of the wealthy – they indeed are a work of art.

Tips for Styling Persian Carpet at Home

When it comes to adding a touch of luxury and elegance to your home, there is no better way to do so than with a Persian rug. If you're lucky enough to own one of these beautiful pieces, you'll want to ensure that you know how to style it correctly in your home. Here are some tips on how to style a Persian carpet in your own space:

1. Choose the right size rug for the room. Make sure to measure the space before you shop for a carpet so that you know exactly what size you need. A very small carpet will look out of place, while a very large rug will dwarf the other furnishings in the room.

2. Consider the color scheme of the room. You'll want to choose a rug that complements the other colors in the space. If the room is primarily neutral, a bright and colorful rug can be a great way to add visual interest. If the room is already very colorful, choosing a more muted or neutral-toned rug can help create balance.

3. Think about the fabric of the rug. Persian rugs are typically made from wool or silk, so they can be pretty delicate. If you have young children or pets, choose a less fragile material such as cotton or synthetic fibers.

Choosing the Best Rugs from Arcedior

Arcedior has built a long-standing reputation for ensuring high-quality and premium products on its website. Each rug available on the website uses pure materials that make them durable. Most of the rugs are customizable according to your taste and preference. There are tons of sizes to choose from, and colors are also customizable.

Frequently Asked Questions: 

1. What is special about Persian rugs?

Part of the oriental rugs category, Persian rugs date back almost 2,500 years from when they first appeared. They showcase the rich Persian history, culture, and traditions and are perhaps the most famous types of rugs in the world. Made from natural fibers like wool and silk, they do not use synthetic fibers. They have patterns all over them, which are primarily floral and can sometimes have animal and human figure motifs. Modern-day Iran holds it with great prestige, and the Persian carpets are seen as an investment rather than a purchase.

2. What is a Persian rug worth?

Persian carpets aged like wine, with their value increasing after each passing year. Depending if they are handwoven and not mass-produced, their prices are high, ranging from $200 to $400. You would have to pay less for a smaller rug, whereas a more oversized rug that takes many days and hours to curate is more expensive. Also, the price will be higher if the carpet is made from a hundred percent sheep wool or silk. If the wool is mixed with other fibers, its price would be less.

3. How long do Persian rugs last?

The best aspect of a Persian rug is its value increases as it ages. They can last for 25 to 250 years, depending on usage and upkeep. Since they are handmade using natural fibers like wool and silk, they become incredibly durable. If you take good care of the rug, it will continue to appear brand-new. You can find many Persian rugs centuries old, well preserved in many museums around the world, with their intricate patterns still intact.

4. What type of Persian rug is the most valuable?

The most valuable Persian rug is made of silk which is a rare material in itself. The Persian carpet, made from only pure raw silk and handmade, will have a high price. Persian rugs have various varieties that originate from provinces and places in Iran. Isfahan is one of the most popular, with a unique floral design. Qom carpets are from the holy town of Qom and are made from silk and are one of the most expensive in the world. Then there are Bidjar rugs and Gabbeh rugs, which are also very popular. 

5. Which are better Turkish or Persian Rugs?

The most significant difference between Turkish and Persian rugs is the visual pattern on the carpet. They have distinct designs, like Turkish rugs with geometrical patterns and tribal designs. They often tell a story through their designs, whereas Persian rugs have elegant and intricate patterns of floral design. Besides this, Persian rugs have a higher knot count than Turkish rugs, making them last for centuries. They also have very different knotting and weaving styles, making them distinct.

6. What is the difference between Oriental rugs and Persian carpets?

Oriental rugs are an umbrella term for many types of rugs. They are part of many designated areas that comes in Oriental rugs. Their similarity is that they are made from natural materials like wool, silk, or other such fibers and are usually made by indigenous communities. They are also hand-knotted or handmade using ancient and traditional techniques. Persian carpets come inside Oriental rugs and are from Persia, modern-day Iran. They have floral motifs and are one of the world's most expensive and popular rugs.