I think the following list of towns in Iran will help to identify a Persian Rug when you see one. So Next time you hear a name you'll know what and where it was made. I like to do this in alphabetic order so it could be used as a source. So here we go identifying most towns in Iran that produces genuine Persian Rug.
Tehran-If you have one I"ll be happy to look at it and perhaps purchase it from you.
All these cities also have sub groups or surrounding towns that produce Persian Carpets. There are too many to name. Among these cities and towns there are neighborhoods that produce Hand Woven Rugs. Some of them are more popular than the others but this unfortunately hasn't been know in the western market. Prices of these Hand Knotted Carpets vary from one neighborhood to another. Thank You for looking at my site. I'll be writhing more on this subject in my future blogs. I'll try to talk about every one of these areas of Rug Weaving of Iran.
The art of rug weaving began B.C. according to many researchers. The actual time period is not known. There are many speculations but that's all they are "speculations". How, when and where rug weaving began is one of many questions that we will eventually answer. I don't think we'll have that answer in my life time unless our bright scientists invent a "TIME MACHINE". Meanwhile we can entertain ourselves with many different versions by different people.
One thing we know is that the Persians(Iranians) rulers encouraged this art and by 11th and 12th century the carpet weaving craft was well refined by Persian Weavers. The mongol invasion brought a swift downfall and during Middle Ages, Persian Carpets or Persian Rugs reverted to being crude works of simple designs.
For two hundred years Persian Carpet weaving suffered because of the conquerors. Shah Ismail the first ruler of Safavid Dynasty revived the art around 1500AD. He gathered the greatest painters of his kingdom to create new patterns/designs. He then joined them with the master weavers to bring about the great Persian Carpet reformation. He certainly loved this art and he saw its importance culturally, economically and socially.
The carpet weavers at the Safavid court were centrally located between the weavers from the court of Great Moghul to the east and weavers from the Ottoman Court to the west. This gave the Persian weavers an advantage to interact with weavers from both sides. The result was magnificent. It was because of this interaction that the Persians created some of the most splendid carpets/rugs ever produced. There are no dispute among the experts that this time the 16th century was the golden age of carpets. The great quantity of rugs woven during this time period was shipped to Egypt, North Africa, Spain, Venice, Netherlands, France, Austria, India, Turkistan and China.
Every good thing will eventually come to an end. The Persian culture declined in the latter part of the 17th century because of the death of Shah Abbas and the Afghan invasions. The capital Esfahan was completely destroyed and with it the carpet industry as well.
By early 19th century Esfahan was rebuilt and the carpet weavers came under the patronage of the affluent merchants from Teheran, Tabriz and Kerman. The effort to revive rug weaning was fruitful and once again carpet weaving became Persia's major industry and export earner.
After WWI Persian carpet industry continued to flourish. The Persian Rug industry has been suffering again within past decades because of slew of "COPIES" from other rug weaving parts of the world but the production is continuing. The Persians and Persian Rugs have past the test of time and I predict that in the future they once again overcome all odds.
If I may conclude this with a word of advise. If you are buying a rug for your home, don't buy a "COPY". Please invest your hard earned money in a genuine Persian Rug made by a hard working talented weaver from Iran. Don't get fooled by terms such as Persian Style, Oriental Style, Hand Made Persian Design.......
Real Persian Rugs are only made in Iran any other is just an imitation and they don't deserve the high prices that are being sold for in today's market. Please call me if you have any questions. I provide museum quality Oriental Rug Cleaning, Oriental Rug Repair as well as Antique Rug Restoration and Rug Preservation.
I hope this was helpful!
Here is a wonderful collectible scattered rug from Caucasus Region. All colors are magnificent and the main field design is of the classic Mohgan with the main border classic to Ganjeh region. Such a design is found in many of earlier paintings which means that the masters of the past found these types of rugs so intriguing that they drew them in their paintings. This rug is an absolute beauty and we encourage you to come and see it in our gallery. These types of woven arts have become progressively more difficult to acquire. I predict in 10 or 20 years from now there will be none to find. If you own a similar piece that you have been keeping in your attic, it's time to go and get it. We are always delighted to see a great rug to come in through our doors. We can hand wash or do all the restoration that your rug might need. If you are not close to us that is okay. We can tell much about what your rug needs from few high resolution pictures but inspection of every job n person is required. If you choose to have us do the museum quality work then we can guide you on how to ship your rug to us. We will ship your rug back when the work is done fully insured. WE BUY ANTIQUE OR OLD QUALITY ORIENTAL RUGS!
Hi Folks! I hope you have been reading some of what I have posted on my blog. As you have noticed I mentioned Persian Rugs frequently. I briefly touched on the subject of what distinguishes Persian Rugs from other Oriental Rugs, whether It's an Antique Rug, Vintage Rug or a New Rug. If you noticed in my previous sentence I mentioned New Rug not a Modern Rug. Modern rugs are just that modern floor covering, They are in fashion today and worthless as soon as you leave the show room with it! Modern rugs are not made to last Years and perhaps like most Persian Rugs decades and perhaps in many cases centuries assuming that the rug is well cared for. Persian Rugs and other original Oriental Rugs have esthetic qualities that modern rugs/carpets lacks. The reason for this is that the folks that weave these rugs are just workers and weaving is just a job for them(I have the most respect for all of them and I understand there hard work).
Well, just imagine if some one gets a page from a coloring book with few crayons and this person is asked to color the page. "Please bear with me this is very relevant and it all will make sense soon!" On the other hand an individual take a piece of paper and selects colors from his or her surrounding. He or she will then use her/his imagination, intuition, life experience and talent and with carful use of colors starts to create a pattern. Are you following me? Modern rugs are that Page out of a color book and my second example is Persian Rugs.
There are many other technical reasons that separates Persian Rugs from others. I'll try to touch on some of these technical reasons in my future writings.
Persian rugs have been woven all over Persia and we know it today as Iran. I included a picture with this writing that demonstrates and identifies many of the rug producing regions byname. I hope my writings are shedding some light on your Oriental Rug curiosity. Please visit back with us, I have a lot more to write.
Don't forget Oriental Rug Cleaning is essential to your health as well as increasing the longevity of your Rugs.
Hello Again Folks, I mentioned in my earlier writings that I was going to discuss the deference between a rug and a carpet when Oriental Rugs are concerned. Well, the difference is basically "the size". I know that was simple but this in the Oriental Rug industry has been very confusing for most people. Most folks who have been in the Oriental Rug Sales, Antique Rug Repair or Oriental and Persian Rug cleaning for some time all agree that Oriental Rug that measures 6' x 9' or larger is considered Carpet. You may use these terms "Oriental Carpet" or "Persian Carpet" for rugs that are as large as 10' x 14'. Any Carpet larger than 10' x 14' are considered "Over-Size Rugs". Generally, the sizes are as follow;
2' x 3' Rugs
3' x 5' Rugs
4' x 6' Rugs
6' x 9' Carpets
8' x 10' Carpets
9' x 12' Carpets
10' x 14' Carpets
There are various sizes of Oversize Oriental Carpets too many to list.
NOTE: There are variations to the list of sizes mentioned above when measuring Persian Rugs. Iranian weavers have always refused to change the size of their looms to accommodate foreign Purchasers/Merchants. At first I wasn't able to understand why these weavers are so adamant about maintaining there looms as it's been for centuries and perhaps millennial.
Well! there is a real good reason for this and I'll try to explain this reason in my future writings as it was once explained to me by a weaver himself.
Please don't forget to have your Oriental Rugs cleaned. Call a professional rug cleaner in your area and asked them if they can explain to you how they clean oriental rugs. Cleaning Oriental Rugs is complicated and you need to know if the outfit you choose is prepared and is an experienced Oriental Rug Cleaner. I'll elaborate more on my future writings. Please come back soon as I have a lot more to say!!!!!!!!