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The Persian Rug – Why Is It So Much In Demand

When it comes to Persian rugs, it’s not just a rug, it’s a work of art. With their rich colours and intricate designs, Persian rugs are truly stunning. The true Persian rug is made with natural wools, silk and vegetable dyes rather than synthetic materials. Hand woven rather than machine woven, with the very heart and soul of the weaver intertwined with the final design. Their beauty is second to none, an impactful addition to your home, a true statement in home décor. Persian rugs have not only found their way into people’s homes and interiors all over the world, but also onto catwalks and concert stages, as well as in scores and scores of artworks.

What’s The Difference?

Only rugs manufactured in the middle eastern region of Iran can truly be called a Persian rug. You will see that all of these rugs are made delicately by hand, if it’s machine woven it’s not Persian but imitation. One of the best ways to tell the difference between a hand knotted Persian rug and an machine woven imitation is to simply look at the back of the rug. In hand knotted rugs the weaving and the knots will be slightly uneven and not perfectly uniform with slight imperfections. On the other hand, a machine made rug will look very regimental and almost too perfect.

Regions

There are certain regional areas in Iran that have long been known for their rug production. These areas are organised in their processes and operate with a foreman, weavers and distinct patterns / designs that have been handed down over hundreds of years from generation to generation (excluding the Qum rugs which are much more modern and only started being made in the 1920s). These rugs are intricate and of the highest quality. Many of these towns have helped to revive ailing rug traditions after years in decline and have re-established the traditional weaving that contributed to Persia having such a thriving art movement in the past.

The Earliest Known Persian Rug

The earliest-known carpet wasn’t actually discovered in modern-day Iran,  Dating back to the Fifth Century B.C., the ‘Pazyryk carpet’ was discovered in the 1920s in Siberia amongst other treasures of a Scythian noble, almost perfectly preserved in ice. Aside from the Scythians’ Iranian ethnicity, archaeologists have surmised that the carpet itself may have found its way to Siberia from Persepolis in Iran, as the motifs featured on it bear a striking resemblance to those that can still be seen today around the ancient Persian capital. Even in ancient times, the Greek writers spoke of the Persians and their carpets.

How Long Do They Last For?

Depending on the level of wear and tear, a high quality Persian rug can last anywhere between 20 to 200 years. Rugs held by collectors and sold for hundreds of thousands or millions of pounds can often be over several centuries old

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