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Entering the world of antique Persian rugs is a unique journey. Exploring this world reveals hidden histories and ancient traditions passed down for thousands of years and transported across cultures. In the antique Persian rug world, the mundane becomes the mysterious: flowers and geometric figures are imbued with deep symbolism, and colors and shape carry deep meaning.
According to ancient traditions and beliefs, geometric figures and symbolic motifs protect the Persian rug’s owner from evil and misfortune. In the case of tribal Persian rug designs, such as geometric animals, people, and everyday objects, antique hand made Persian rugs are a classic example of art imitating life and life imitating art, as the design-rich repertoire of Persian rug weavers continues to inspire artists and designers the world over.
With innumerable Persian designs and traditions developed and maintained by weavers in any one city or cultural group, limitless permutations are possible when regional designs and minute variations in techniques and materials are melded together. The antique Oriental rugs that were woven prior to the 1920’s, from Persia, represent an unfathomable range of rug patterns and styles with an enormous breadth of influence from semi-nomadic tribes to imperial weaving traditions established by the Safavid and Moughal / Mughal empires.
The international trade of traditional carpets and Persian rugs established thousands of years ago has resulted in a fascinating interchange of designs between East and West. Although antique rugs are one-of-a-kind works of art and luxury design pieces that make a house feel like a comfortable home, each Persian carpet also contains a story that completes the intricate history of all rugs woven before and since. Just as a little side note, the term “Antique Persian Rugs” refers to those rugs that were made in modern day Iran so the term “Antique Iranian Rugs” is pretty much interchangeable.
In terms of universal decorative appeal, authentic Persian rugs, as far as their impact on home design, are unbeatable. These remarkable show rugs and carpets have a timeless, classical elegance that’s right at home in Western interiors. For centuries, hand woven Persian rugs with their elaborate patterns have been the gold standard in traditional design. The handsome colors, lush botanical figures and tasteful embellishments are carefully balanced according to long-standing rules. Designs featured in antique Persian rugs are prized for their flawless proportions, effortless fluidity and timeless style. Ancient geometric principles that dictate form, proportion and the angles of spiraling curves are followed strictly without seeming stiff, rigid or uninspired. Even today, antique and vintage Persian carpets are prized for their durability, sumptuous textures and strong colors, but the lavish botanical designs and perfectly proportioned patterns are the true secret behind their eternal popularity and ageless elegance.
The Extensive Guide to Antique Persian Carpets Rugs
In this section we will cover pretty much every question we have ever gotten about hand knotted Persian rugs. We will be covering different aspects such as their history, how they were constructed, the different materials that were used, what makes them Persian and so forth.
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Intro to Antique Hand Knotted Persian Rugs and Carpets
Historically, the largest carpet producing centers that flourished in Persia were in Tabriz (1500-1550), Herat (1525-1650), Kashan (1525-1650) and Kerman (1600-1650).
Perhaps the most important cultural contribution to the world of art that was given by the people of Persia is the Persian Rug. Persian rugs are those rugs that were woven in Persia (modern day Iran). For a Persian rug to be considered “antique”, it would have to be at least 80 years old. The rugs from Persia represent some of the very finest examples of textile art to ever be produced.
The complex methods and high-quality materials used, ensured that each piece was a beautiful and unique work of art.
Natural dyes, silk, cotton and / or wool yarn were used extensively. Woven by hand, each piece (of the antique rugs) was like no other and weavers dedication would ensure that their creations would last for decades (and in many cases, centuries)
Historically, nomads, clerics and kings alike utilized the rugs from Persia as floor coverings and decorations. Today, these carpets are appreciated as artworks as well as investment worthy pieces.
Today, the finest antique rugs from Persia are appreciated around the world for their fine quality of weave, beautiful colors and artistic patterns. Simply standing in the same room as a genuine antique Persian rug can be a powerful experience. These gorgeous works of art have the unique ability to instantly transport the onlooker through time and space. Their presence takes us on an exhilarating journey to the exotic, faraway lands, of bygone eras. These are the stuff of some of the most colorful stories ever told.
This trend is fueled by an ever-expanding number of collectors and scholars. The inherent beauty of an antique Persian rug, it’s unique compositions and rarity make it extremely desirable. The sheer variety of these carpets, made over the centuries, is a strong testament to the rich cultural tradition from which they have emerged.
Do the designs and patterns of Persian rugs have meaning?
The older Persian rugs will mainly feature abstract pictures of geometric and / or floral shapes. This is mainly a result of the fact that many of the Persian people are Muslim and Islam does not allow living beings to be duplicated through imagery and art.
But what may seem like random shapes and abstract designs, are, for the most part, anything but!
The patterns and designs have been passed on from one generation to another and many of these motifs have pretty profound meanings (such as lucky charms, wishes and messages).
Why do people decorate their homes with Persian rugs?
The best antique Persian rugs are a timeless. They fill a room with a beautiful combination of old world tradition and style. Many of the major taste makers as well as the biggest names in the field of interior design incorporate them into their projects.
The rugs are a unique manifestation of the rich Persian culture and art which date back hundreds, if not thousands, of years to as far back as the Bronze Age.
If a person wants to decorate the interior of their home or workplace, these rugs should be placed high on the list of items to get.
They serve their purpose exactly the way you expect while enhancing the overall room décor. They are a prized possession that will always be cherished.
By incorporating these rugs in interior decors, they add color, depth and excitement. No room is complete without a beautiful piece on the floor!