Antique Silk Rugs - Carpets made in silk are the most luxurious productions of their kind. Silk culture and silk textile production began in China, although silk rugs are unattested there until the seventeenth century. Silk textile manufacture was well established in Persia by the Sassanian Period (third to seventh centuries). Consequently, it would have been possible for the Persians of this period or those of Early Islamic times to have adapted silk to rug production. But it is so far unclear whether China or the Islamic Orient initiated the manufacture of silk carpets. At any rate, the earliest extant all silk carpets are in fact Persian pieces of the Safavid Period. Eventually rugs with all or part silk construction came to be made in virtually all Oriental rug - producing regions - Persia, Turkey, Turkestan, Tibet, and China. In the finest examples, not only the pile but even the foundation (wefts and warp fringes) are made of silk. Silk rugs are luxurious not only because of the fine texture and the reflective, luminous properties of the pile, but also because of the quality of their color. Silk allows the dyes to achieve a richness and intensity that can never be matched by even the finest wool.
Silk is a magical fiber that is unbelievably thin and astoundingly strong. Even when silk highlights are used to add definition to ornate designs, the complexion of a carpet or textile can change completely. The hand of silk carpets and textiles is rich and sumptuous. These traits are matched by the luminosity of colors when light is reflected by the fiber's prismatic structure. Silk is lithe yet exceptionally durable. As a commodity, it built the world's most famous trade route and created immortal legends. Today, silk is still the ultimate luxury fiber. The intrinsic value and beauty of silk is destined to outshine all other natural and synthetic fibers known to man.
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52 Rugs Found in Antique Silk Rugs
Created in China, this antique embroidered textile features an elegantly styled medallion filled with graceful butterflies, ornate flowers and fluid vine scrolls.
Endless fretwork mazes decorate the borders and background of this elegant antique Chinese rank badge along with many auspicious symbols and precious objects.
Rendered in a spectacular variety of gilt hues, this magnificent antique Chinese rank badge depicts a majestic bird surrounded by symbols and precious objects.
This exquisite antique Chinese rank badge depicts a stately silver pheasant perched on a rock surrounded by auspicious symbols and scrolling ruyi-shaped clouds.
Crafted in Israel, this essential Bezalel rug depicts a decorative landscape scene that artfully combines aspects of art, history and religion in a pictorial form.
Created in Persia, this splendid antique Safavid textile depicts a stately arabesque bounded by formal strapwork details and enclosed by lavish floral borders.
Lavishly decorated, this pair of elegant antique Chinese rank badges showcases shimmering silver pheasants surrounded by a selection of traditional symbols.
This richly detailed antique Chinese rank badge features an exquisite composition and an elegant color scheme that is arranged in chic polychromatic combinations.
This stunning antique Chinese rank badge features a circular dragon emblem surrounded by dramatic symbols and richly detailed motifs set over a square background.
This elegant pair of antique civil second-rank badges from China depicts a detailed golden pheasant rendered in a fitting combination of gilded floss and black.
Using vibrant colors and brightly-dyed fringes, this still life carpet from the city of Tabriz features Persian hallmarks infused with European appeal.
Buddhist symbols rendered in shimmering floss create a stunning pattern that supports the stylized predators featured in this pair of antique military rank badges.
Paradise flycatchers with luxuriant tail feathers are featured alongside ancient symbols and precious objects in this splendid pair of antique Chinese rank badges.
Style: Textile Origin: Syria Size:
1 ft 8 in x 2 ft 2 in
(0.51 m x 0.66 m)
Lavish woven patterns and shimmering embellishments decorate this superb antique Syrian textile creating a pattern that represents a convergence of art and culture.
Created in Kerman, this elaborate antique silk horse cover features exquisite repeating motifs, ornate botehs and a beautifully abrashed monochromatic field.
This one-of-a-kind pictorial carpet features the life of Moses in an elegant triptych format under a spandrel of heraldic symbols representing the Twelve Tribes of Israel.
This outstanding representation of antique Persian embroideries depicts an exquisite repeating pattern of grand floral motifs set over a sumptuous aurum background.
This innovative antique Persian Kevsari hunting rug features a stately circular composition embellished with intricate details and subtle cultural accents.
This stunning Kashan carpet features a central arabesque medallion as well as two vinescroll vases aligned in a runner-style format.
Using sophisticated shades of blue, red, and camel, this opulent Kashan carpet is rich in texture, color, and style.
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