Persian Rugs Offer Intricate Patterns For Your Home Decor

by Tommy Thompson

Oriental rugs have been made for the longest time. They have dated back since the 5th century B.C. The first of these were made Asia and in Egypt and were woven by very talented weavers. Persian rugs for example are hand woven using a special technique thus they are exquisite, priceless and highly prized as a home decoration. Persian rugs are popular in demand due to their beauty.

Most Persian rugs have been produced over the years in what is now Iran, which was previously known as Persia. Materials that are used in these exquisitely crafted hand made carpets are wool, cotton, and silk. There have been quite a few centers of production of these Persian rugs in Iran over the years. These centers are Tabriz, Kashan, Kerman, and Herat.

The blue and red colors in a balanced pattern against an ivory background make Tabriz rugs easy to identify. Many of them also contain woven pictures of a mythical past. The knots per square inch could vary from 75 - 110 knots, which will tell you the quality and worth of the carpet. They can be made of either silk or cotton, but the ones made of silk are more rare and thus more coveted and costly.

Kashan is renowned for its production of silk carpets. Their designs feature intricate motifs of flowers, wines, and flower parts woven together in patterns and topped off with a single medallion in the middle. The patterns can also include animals, and these carpets can be extremely expensive to purchase. Antique carpets are of amazingly good quality, and generally are available in sizes of 4 x 6 and 6 x 8.

Floral designs and patterns and intricate wines are woven into the fabric of Herat rugs. The colors they are crafted with are charming Persian carpets are all woven by hand using the same single knot technique. Nomadic tribes in Iran are the weavers of Baluch rugs. These rugs are created using rich colors such as red, ivory, and navy blue, and have been in creation for over 2500 years.

Shiraz carpets are hand knotted in the central Iranian town of Shiraz. They come with various designs including geometric shapes, plants, and animals. The most prevalent color used is red. Wiss rugs are hand woven by tribesmen in Wiss, another village in Iran. The key motifs used with Wiss rugs are flowers, plants, garden objects, and wines.

The art of making Oriental rugs is an ancient tradition, going all the way back to the 5th century B.C. These rugs were orginally made in Asia and Egypt. Persian rugs were made of several different materials and often have geometric patterns on them. Production centers for Persian carpets include Tabriz, known for expensive rugs with symmetrical patterns in blue and red, Kashan, famous for silk carpets and Herat, where floral patterns are often woven into the rugs. Hand knotted rugs are made in Shiraz, located in central Persia, now known as Iran. Rugs made by tribes in the Village of Wiss are known as Wiss rugs.

Published June 6th, 2008

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