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Antique Persian Rugs - 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 designs, such as geometric animals, people, and everyday objects, antique 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 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 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 rug 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.
Below you will find our current collection of antique Persian rugs
656 Rugs Found in Persian Rugs
This splendid antique pictorial Persian rug from Kashan depicts a naturalistic landscape scene with delightful nightingales perched in a graceful flowering tree.
Created in Persia, this splendid antique Safavid textile depicts a stately arabesque bounded by formal strapwork details and enclosed by lavish floral borders.
Colored with a pallet of muted browns and reds, this small Kerman boasts a quiet, somber quality that is interrupted by the energy of its many botehs.
Created in Persia, this charming Baluch bag depicts a variety of ancient symbols surrounded by a row of bearded fringes embellished with brilliant white beads.
Intricate protection symbols and textural decorations arranged in rows create a magnificent and culturally rich pattern that decorates this antique Baluch bag.
Rows of long wooly fringes and intricate wolf's mouth symbols create a bold series of horizontal stripes that decorate this spectacular antique Baluch bag from Persia.
This modern incarnation of the classic Persian Gabbeh rug features a somber oceanic blue field embellished with abstract details and a tonal, textural abrash.
For novelty or serious sport, this delightful Persian vintage rug from Esfahan is the ultimate luxury game board designed for enjoying the king of strategy games.
In form and detail, this handsome antique Persian rug is a dazzling representation of Senneh's style, which is revered for its richness and impeccable construction.
Using vibrant colors and brightly-dyed fringes, this still life carpet from the city of Tabriz features Persian hallmarks infused with European appeal.
Despite its small size, this dazzling antique Persian textile is a lovely example: the quality of its drawing is apparent in the beautifully rendered golden detail work that appears throughout.
The field of this lovely little antique Kurdish bag from Persia has one stylized blossom, an excerpt from a larger allover design.
This pictorial carpet from the city of Tabriz reflects Hebrew traditions and legends imported to Iran under the reign of Shah Abbas.
This antique Kashan rug is a full-blown masterpiece incorporating fine materials and delightful botanical designs synonymous with the legendary Mohtashem atelier.
Attributed to the elusive Mohtashem atelier, this handsome antique Kashan rug displays an elegant inset-lozenge medallion filled with exquisite polychrome motifs.
This rug is a beautiful example of each of those trends, featuring as it does a charming and straightforward composition of flowers and vine scrolls, all of which are beautifully woven.
A delightful floral arrangement, remarkable for the precision of its weaving, creates a soothing and intriguing impression against the dark field of this Kerman.
This primitive tribal kilim is a high-impact statement piece with its bold, saturated colors and abstract, contemporary lines.
Colorful shrubs, exotic trees, richly detailed fish and graceful animals decorate the naturalistic composition of this exquisite antique Persian rug from Kashan.
Crafted in Kashan, this marvelous antique Persian rug depicts a beautifully colored and impeccably detailed pictorial landscape scene that's full of lively figures.