Nazmiyal Antique Rugs Nazmiyal Antique Rugs in New York City is the premier gallery for exceptional antique carpets, rare Persian rugs and vintage rugs in NYC Thu, 03 Dec 2020 17:57:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Nazmiyal Antique Rugs 32 32 Meaning Of Persian Rug Colors Thu, 03 Dec 2020 16:18:44 +0000 Synonymous with luxury and history, the iconic Persian rug has always been coveted by people from all walks of life and throughout all four corners of the world. Filled with secret meanings, in this post we discuss the significance of the specific colors in Persian culture and help crack the code behind the intent of the Persian rug weavers.

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The Meaning and Significance Of The Different Colors In Persian Rugs

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The luxurious and intricate, Persian rugs capture the detailed history and artistry of some of the world’s most ancient and influential culture. Created in the present day country of Iran and including some of the surrounding regions, each rug weaves a tapestry of character and narration in its motifs. The materials, colors, patterns and designs of Persian rugs all tell a unique story and serve as a testament to the extraordinary history of their origins.

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Meaning Of Colors In Persian Rugs

Consider the Persian Senneh Knot: This asymmetrical rug knot allows rug makers to craft intricate works fluidly. Persian rugs are designed to tell a story. Each craftsman has a narrative in mind when they select the colors and motifs for their original rug. In order to truly appreciate these beautiful works and how all of their hues work together, you must first learn about the meaning of each individual color.

Meaning Of Green Color in Persian Rugs

Throughout the world, green is a color rooted in prosperity, balance, health and growth. Green, like the vibrant forests and crisp spring leaves, represents rebirth and new opportunity. In Persian rugs, green is not the most common color, but when it appears, it’s one of the most important features of a design.

According to the Koran, Mohammed’s favorite color was “emerald green“. Partially because of this, not many everyday Persian rugs are not likely to feature such a prestigious and sacred shade. That said, you do see extravagant Persian rugs that feature green colors.

Antique Sultanabad Green Color Persian Rug #42986 by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Antique Sultanabad Green Color Persian Rug

You are likely to find green used more liberally in Persian carpets where the color represents hope and life’s mesmerizing, unconquerable force.

Double dyeing carpet threads with natural blues and greens give weavers the rich greens you find in rugs today. Blue was originally obtained from indigo plants; after ancient craftsmen dyed wool blue, it was dyed yellow using the vibrant natural hues of wild flowers such as Saffron and Larkspur. In some places, vine leaves and buck thorn would also be used. The paint from the Indigo plants and flower extracts came together to produce a majestic green that served as a beautiful honor to the Prophet Mohammed.

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Meaning of Red Color in Persian Rugs

Red is associated with feelings of passion and vitality. Depending on the hue, red can be a soft, warm shade or a vibrant and energizing color. People use red colors to express exciting emotions and grab people’s attention. Red is also the color of blood and fire, two powerful symbols and forces of nature.

Red is often used in Persian rugs to create wonderful designs and a wide array of visual effects. Makers of early rugs used the color red to create emphasis in their designs; the bright color created a powerful impact that spotlighted important areas of a motif.

Picture of the Large Antique Red Color Persian Tabriz Rug #49196 from Nazmiyal Antique Rugs in NYC

Large Antique Red Color Persian Tabriz Rug

Red was most frequently crafted from madder root, which was known for its rich red carpet dye. There were many other natural sources of red for craftsmen to choose from including insects and flowers. Snails and beetles, flowers and weeds were used to dye wool from goats and sheep. The end result was a striking Persian red that filled people with joy and courage.

In Asia, red also symbolizes luck. It is customary for many Asian brides to adorn themselves in red when they marry.

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Meaning of Blue Color in Persian Rugs

Blue is a tranquil color designed to bring people a sense of inner peace. In many cultures, blue is also strongly associated with trust and loyalty. After red and beige, blue is one of the most common colors used in Persian rugs, though it’s history isn’t easy to trace.

There aren’t many resources in nature that produce a blue shade, so ancient Persian artisans had to seek out alternative sources. Blue was originally extracted from a Woad plant, but the color did not hold well and soon faded. Today, we would call the shade derived from the Woad plant pastel.

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Large Antique Navy Blue Color Persian Tabriz Rug

The discovery of the Indigo plant transformed Persian rug design. Its rich sapphire hue now stands as a symbol of power in rug design while also paying testament to the afterlife. However, it isn’t all bleak. The solitude captured in the essence of indigo blue Persian rugs are often married to hopeful motifs expressing the hope for life after death.

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Meaning of Gold and Yellow Colors in Persian Rugs

Yellow and gold are two colors often considered distinct; yellow is typically associated with happiness and energy, while gold is considered the color of opulence and refinement. However, both yellow and gold share the same etymological roots. Both originate from the Indo-European base “gold” which means “yell” or “cry out.” The origin is fitting as both colors demand attention wherever they’re featured.

Persians associate the color yellow with radiance, such as the light from the sun or the joy of living. Yellow colors for Persian rugs were taken from pomegranates, vines, Saffron and a flower called Ox-eye chamomile. Gold was mixed with brown and symbolized wealth, power and prestige in old designs. Due to its esteemed reputation, gold was only featured in Persian rugs designed for royalty or prominent families.

Picture of the Antique Large Yellow Gold Color Persian Tabriz Rug #49319 from Nazmiyal Antique Rugs in NYC

Antique Large Yellow Gold Color Persian Tabriz Rug

In order to add a sense of luxury to a carpet, golden threads would be woven throughout the design. This practice, which can still be found in many contemporary Persian rugs, creates a subtle yet unmistakable splendor.

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Meaning of Brown Colors in Persian Rugs

The color of soil, brown in Persian rugs represents the mother planet, Earth, and serves as a sign for fertility. Brown shades in ancient designs were derived from tree bark and walnuts, which where available in great abundance throughout the Orient.

Large Tribal Room Size Antique Persian Malayer Rug Nazmiyal

Large Tribal Room Size Antique Persian Malayer Rug

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Meaning of Beige and White Colors in Persian Rugs

White is universally accepted as the color of purity and innocence. Persian weavers held this same belief, and white was often mixed with beige to create various designs. The exact shade of white or beige would vary depending on the type of undyed wool used in a particular rug.

Picture of the Antique Large Oversized White Beige Color Persian Tabriz Rug #47259 from Nazmiyal Antique Rugs in NYC

Antique Large Oversized White Beige Color Persian Tabriz Rug

White and beige made excellent bases and accents in Persian rugs.

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Meaning of Black  Colors in Persian Rugs

Black is a powerful color with an equally powerful meaning. People tend to associate the shade with feelings of darkness. To Persians, black stood for death and destruction. Black can be overwhelming in a design, so it was not used often in original Persian rugs.

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Antique Charcoal Black Color Persian Rug

Persian weavers rarely used black to create their motifs, but instances of it could be applied to the outline for accent or detailing. Natural black dyes were made from oak tree galls, iron or tannin. The strength of the ingredients translated into the meaning of the color.

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Meaning of Orange Colors in Persian Rugs

Orange is a humorous color associated with fire and excitement. While Western cultures view orange as a symbol for unconventionality and adventure, the meaning is much more revered in the east. In Asia, orange is often associated with Buddhism and Hinduism.

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Room Size Antique Orange Color Persian Khorassan Rug

The spiritual connotation of orange throughout the East makes it the optimal choice for rug craftsmen who wish to express piety and humility as well as faith and devotion. Yellow and red hues were mixed to create varying shades of orange in old designs. The union of these resources to create the stimulating color perfectly exemplifies the sense of wholeness it represents.

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Persian Rug History Lives On

Today, Persian rugs are still intricately hand crafted and cherished by millions of people around the world. Many families have been keeping the ancient meaning of colors in Persian rugs alive by designing rugs and telling stories through their threads for centuries. While modern innovations make Persian rug making easier, the esteemed history holds a special place in Persians heart as it depicts their people’s passion, reverence and greatest values.

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Decorating With Modern Turkish Oushak Area Rugs Mon, 02 Nov 2020 19:16:22 +0000 In this blog post we discuss how to decorate with our recently launch modern Turkish Oushak area rugs collection and incorporate them in your home decor.

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How to Decorate with Modern Oushak Rugs From Turkey

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The ancestral roots of our modern Turkish Oushak rugs give them a traditional feel with updated designs and colors that also make them perfect for contemporary rooms. The Turkish rugs that were woven in Oushak are some of the most versatile in terms of design and can be used in any traditional or modern room style. The modern area rugs in this collection can take on a more traditional role in the room, only with a color palette that is more aligned with modern color trends. Some of the area rugs and carpets in this collection have a more edgy, modern feel.

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Home Decorating With Modern Turkish Oushak Area Rugs

Here are a few ideas for using these beautiful rugs in some of the most popular design trends of today.

Casual Elegance Of The Modern Oushak Rugs

The Turkish antique Oushak rugs have been a part of traditional rooms for centuries. Modern Oushaks allow you to blend traditional and modern elements for an updated look. Modern Oushak rugs are the perfect touch for a formal dining room or in a room that features leather wingback chairs and hardwood floors.

Modern Floral Oushak Rug #60072 by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Modern Floral Oushak Rug

This rug collection features pieces that use traditional design in a way that is subtle and suited for modern tastes. They still have the feel of the original antique rugs, only with a wider and more varied palette of gentle color schemes and a distinctively modern abstract flavor. Many of them reflect traditional colors and rug designs only the artist used the concept of artistic abstraction to a greater degree than was typically found in vintage rugs. This makes them perfect transitional rugs for rooms that blends vintage and modern pieces.

Edgy and Modern Look

The diversity of designs in this modern rug collection is one of the features that make it stand out. The pieces range from those that resemble traditional, antique Oushak pieces to ones that are edgy and modern. Modern rug color combinations that include blue and charcoal gray create a graphic quality that fits perfectly into the modern design landscape.

Large Modern Blue and Charcoal Grey Turkish Oushak Rug #418905667 by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Large Modern Blue and Charcoal Grey Turkish Oushak Rug

These edgy pieces are perfect for creating a West Coast feel that is expressive and makes use of contrast within the space. If your space is a refurbished New York warehouse or modern industrial interior design space, you can find a rugs in this collection that add character and creates an aged feel to the space. Many of these modern rugs are perfectly suited to complement concrete or bare brick walls with industrial lighting. They are also perfect for steel-framed glass walls that provide a view of the cityscape.

That said, they can also work pretty effortlessly in interior designs that are more traditional as well as modern.

Modern Organic and Natural Feel Of The Oushak rugs

Pieces that reflect the colors and patterns found in the natural world play an increasingly important role in the design world. Rugs that feature earthy colors such as browns, stone grays, watery blues, spicy reds, and rusty oranges bring a feeling of being in nature to the interior space. They create the same feeling as being in nature, which is why interior designers are turning to them to create a space that is perfect for relaxation and recharging the spirit. Styles, such as Eco-chic, Wabi-Sabi, Swedish modern, and other Nordic styles, favor pieces that have a natural, organic feel.

Oushak rugs are known for their abstract, casual designs. The designs of the new Oushak rugs have a spontaneous feel that reflects the whims and self-expression of the artist. They are often asymmetrical and seem to evolve along the length of the design, which enhances their reflection of the natural world. This gives them a primitive, folk art rug character that creates a garden-like feel within the space.

Large Soft Grey Modern Turkish Oushak Rug #418949649 by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Large Soft Grey Modern Turkish Oushak Rug

These features make modern Oushak rugs perfect for designs that feature natural materials, such as hardwood floors, driftwood, stone tiles and soft, textured accents. They have a primitive, tribal rug feel that is perfect for a Boho chic or eclectic decor style. The modern Oushak rugs in this collection are versatile enough to bridge modern and traditional decor styles to create a unique space that expresses your artistic tastes.

This delightful collection draws inspiration from ancient traditions but presents them in a way that serves as design inspiration for a wide range of style trends. Whether your home is a historic brownstone or a Baja-style ultra-modern space, you can find the perfect rug in this collection to suit your needs.

We encourage you to explore this collection that brings fresh, new ideas to traditional design. If you see that special piece that is the perfect finishing touch for your style, or if you would like to create your very own bespoke custom rug, then feel free to contact Nazmiyal’s friendly, knowledgeable staff, and we can make your design dreams a reality.

Below are just a few of our modern Turkish Oushak rugs from our collection:

Large Modern Floral Oushak Rug #60073 by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Large Modern Floral Oushak Rug

Room Size Modern Turkish Oushak Rug #60076 by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Room Size Modern Turkish Oushak Rug

Oversized Modern Turkish Oushak Rug #418954755 by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Oversized Modern Turkish Oushak Rug

Light Blue Grey Open Field Modern Oushak Rug #418896815 by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Light Blue Grey Open Field Modern Oushak Rug

Large Turkish Modern Oushak Rug #60060 by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Large Turkish Modern Oushak Rug

Large Light Purple Modern Oushak Rug #60064 by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Large Light Purple Modern Oushak Rug

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Area Rugs and Carpets Mon, 12 Oct 2020 19:00:05 +0000 Area rugs and carpets are great works of art with a rich history that spans many cultures and time periods. In this post we talk about the history as well as the different aspects of antique, vintage and even modern area rugs.

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Area Rugs and Carpets – Utility, Brilliance, Societal Impacts on the Fabric of History

There can be little doubt about the fact that area rugs of all types have always served as more than just everyday functional workhorses and decorative embellishments. Reaching back to the very origins of weaving itself, it is clear that rugs have had the ability to reshape everything from nomadic lifestyles to civilization at large.

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Rugs Rugs and More Rugs – Its Raining Rugs !!!

Rugs not only meet some of the most basic human needs within the home, they have long contributed to the evolution of society as it has come to be known.

Area Rugs as Transformative Expression

It really does bear repeating that area rugs have long reached well beyond the utilitarian realm to facilitate much more expansive ends. From the dramatic impact of weaving’s genesis on nomadic peoples to eventual nourishment of entire segments of civilization, the emergence of rugs, on a large scale, is a noteworthy historical occurrence. Even the most remote village could garner plaudits and attract merchants from all corners of the globe by developing a strong rug weaving tradition. Trade routes stretching from Asia to Europe would serve as conduits for these sought  after textile art creations. In short order, rug weaving evolved into a real art form and made its way into every strata of society, from the modest all the way up to the royal.

Also of note is the fact that rug making served as an invaluable mode of expression and consciousness for their creators, the majority of whom were women rug weavers. This was true even in the male dominated patriarchal world in which they lived. Rugs represented perhaps the only form of free female expression and women’s liberation in an era otherwise devoid of such outlets.

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Women Weaving Rugs Together

Across the ancient Oriental world, area rugs played a substantial role in religious practices. Whether those be the prayer rugs such as the Persian and Turkish rugs favored by adherents of Islam to the Khotan rugs used by monks rooted in the practice of Buddhism. Christian believers also placed great importance on antique rugs, as they have always been widely used in Protestant houses of worship and presented ceremoniously to leading officials in the church.

Early Rugs at Black Church in Brasov

Early Rugs At Black Church in Brasov – South Eastern Transylvania Romania

The world’s love affair with finely woven rugs has endured for centuries, but has also gained new steam in the past century. Rugs can now be found in the worlds of fine art as well as high fashion and interior design. Vintage mid century rugs have gained the admiration of interior design professionals everywhere, and they are also coveted by discriminating rug collectors the world over. It is indisputable that vintage and antique rugs are interwoven in just about everyone’s daily existence and are properly considered part of a broader lifestyle. Rugs have contributed greatly to the development of innovative design and unorthodox thinking.

Fascinating Origins and Culture of Area Rugs

When it comes to the history of woven arts, and area rugs 1949 is properly considered to be a watershed year. This is when a Russian archaeologist by the name of Sergei Rudenko was scouring the Pazyryk Valley in Siberia, ultimately leading to the discovery of the tomb of a true Prince of Scythia. Within the tomb was an array of treasure that was undisturbed for more than 2500 years. A number of intriguing items were found therein, including devotional and decorative figures, saddles of cloth, cannabis seeds and inhalation paraphernalia, a large burial chariot and tattooed mummies, all of which offered a fascinating glimpse into the lives of Pazyryk’s nomads. However, this was not all that Rudenko revealed, as there was also an area rug.

Mummy of the Ukok Ice Princess From Pazyryk by nazmiyal

Mummy of the Ukok Ice Princess From Pazyryk

The rug found in the tomb had been frozen for centuries, keeping it incredibly well preserved. It is in fact this Pazyryk pile rug is the oldest rug known to man. Its incredible state of preservation and unrivaled distinctiveness has provided no limit of excitement to art historians, textile specialists and carpet weavers of all types. The story of this rug serves to show how crucial it and others like it have always been even to the earliest civilizations.

Image Of The Pile Pazyryk Rug - The Oldest Rug In The World by Nazmiyal

Image Of The Pile Pazyryk Rug – The Oldest Rug In The World

It is know understood that the Pazyryk carpet can be dated to roughly 400 B.C., a time period that is contemporaneous with the earliest discovered written mention of Persian rugs. Textiles of this sort were first discussed by Xenophon of Greece in the work Anabasis which dates to about 370 BC. In the 3rd chapter of the 7th book, a reference is made to Timasion having presented an especially worthy person with a silver bowl and a “carpet worth ten minas.” The area rug was discussed as being a valuable luxury item meant to be presented in the course of diplomacy. Though it remains unclear whether the rug at issue was flat woven kilim or one characterized by wool pile, or indeed whether embroidery or other techniques were used in its production, it is certain that the initial mention of Persian rugs occurs firmly in a context of status and privilege.

By the early part of the 16th century, area rugs of Persian origin assumed a role far more expansive than that of fancy items used to navigate diplomatic minefields or of utility items for nomads. Rather, they were transformed into a vital tool of statecraft by Shah Abbas. This happened when he launched an initiative to restructure the economy of his region by drawing merchants from Europe to visit. A key component of this was the modernization of textile production and facilitation of exports to the West of pile type rugs.

Antique 16th Century Cairene Rug by Nazmiyal

Antique 16th Century Cairene Rug

The Persian style of area rugs, whether hailing from Tabriz, Khorassan, Isfahan or Kerman, have long been known for high quality wool, goat and camel hair, cotton and silk, with each fiber type chosen for specific reasons and uses. Natural carpet dyes have been the standard of excellence characteristic of these rugs, and still today they are mostly made from animal and plant extracts. Because Persian rugs were clearly the product of a great deal of creativity and craftsmanship, it is not surprising that they became beloved the world over. Further, because religion was such a pillar of society in this part of the globe, it inevitably found expression in weaving, with distinctive prayer rugs soon taking center stage.

17th Century Persian Khorassan Rug by Nazmiyal

17th Century Persian Khorassan Rug

It is now the case that those who own antique or vintage / retro rugs are thought to have attained a particular level of societal status indicative of a very appealing lifestyle. Area rugs of this sort are symbols of discerning taste as well as impressive financial status, as fine rug weaving tend to come at a price. The truth is, though, that purchasing rugs in this realm is money well spent. Antique rugs are timeless in their beauty, are extremely durable and fit well in a range of decorative styles, whether traditional, mid-century modern and more. Even minimalist interior design spaces can benefit from the anchoring abilities of a fine Persian or antique rug.

More About Rugs During The 20th Century

Early 20th century modernist design marked a real shift from the tastes and traditions of the Victorian age. Moving away from strict social strata and class division, the modern era put the spotlight on the effectiveness of simple lines, the beauty of geometry and the impressive impact that the deliberate use of color can have. Adherents of this movement engaged in daring experiments with pattern, shape and texture in a number of interesting ways.

20th Century Silk and Wool Fine Persian Nain Rug #60029 by Nazmiyal

20th Century Silk and Wool Fine Persian Nain Rug #60029

Excess and intricacy were substituted with a novel way of viewing the world. However, even in the midst of this sort of design sea change, traditional rugs continued to hold their place of importance. It seems counter intuitive, but despite changing tastes in almost every other aspect of design, antique area rugs retained their ability to provide essential grounding to rooms of all types. Whether rendered in a folk art style or an abstract geometric, there is a rug to suit every space conceivable.

Early 20th Century French Art Deco Rug By De Silva by nazmiyal

Early 20th Century French Art Deco Rug By De Silva

An impressive aspect of antique and vintage area rugs is their status as environmentally friendly art. Their painstaking creation already occurred and therefore they do not leave a new carbon footprint.

The use of natural dyes and textiles makes carpets of this type something that transcends time, space and societal preferences. They represent a firm nod to quality and tradition in an age that is all too often overrun with mass produced goods of inferior quality.

Antique Carpets and Vintage Area Rugs from Scandinavia Make A Splash

Swedish rugs in particular, but Scandinavian carpets generally are among the most significant categories of coveted vintage mid century textile art. Connoisseurs from all over the world appreciate the vivid colors and impressive weaving styles used in Scandinavian rugs. Further, they work brilliantly with a range of contemporary interior design styles. Their interpretation of regional landscapes, histories and ways of thinking are universally appealing, with nature always taking center stage, albeit in a more symbolic way than in the past.

Vintage Swedish Marta Maas Rug by Nazmiyal

Vintage Swedish Marta Maas Rug

At the heart of Scandinavian rug making is an overarching dream of equality in society. The fundamental idea is that everyone in society, not just the powerful and wealthy, should have the ability to obtain a visually pleasing and functional interior space. As such, incorporate beauty, utility and affordability in a remarkable way. Perhaps the most influential doyenne of this world of rug making was Marta Maas Fjetterstrom, who founded her own firm in 1919. Following her passing in 1942, the company’s direction was taken over by Barbro Nilsson.

Vintage Salerno Gray Scandinavian Rug By Barbro Nilsson by Nazmiyal

Vintage Salerno Gray Scandinavian Rug By Barbro Nilsson

Some other key names in 20th century Swedish rug making include Marin Hemmingson, Ingrid Dessau, Brita Grahn, Sigvard Bernadotte, Viola Grasten and Edna Martin. Each and every one of these innovators brought a unique thread to the overall history of Scandinavian design and weaving, an art form that continues to constantly attract more and more devotees. Contemporary design mavens adore the shapes, patterns and complementary coloring of these rugs, as well as their themes that are often drawn from regional folk tales and folk lore.

Moroccan Rugs Impact The Design World

When it comes to the most beloved vintage rug styles, few compare to those that hail from Morocco. Their originality and charm are unrivaled, as they are frequently festooned with tribal figures and patterns indicative of North African traditions. These beautiful rugs are storytellers in and of themselves, with symbolism taking the place of words. The creation of every part of a Moroccan rug is deliberate, with meaning woven throughout every inch. Omens and blessings are contained in these styles, providing an opportunity for women rug weavers to express themselves to the world.

Vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain Rug by Nazmiyal

Vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain Rug

Leaders of the Modernist movement during the middle of the 20th century were particularly fond of Moroccan examples of rug making artistry, using them often in the spaces they created. While there are different types of Moroccan rugs, the Moroccan Beni Ourain rugs, specifically, were especially prized, perhaps because of the way in which they stand apart from other types of Moroccan Berber carpets. These Morocco made rugs are mostly dichromatic, made of beige fields with apparently randomized patterns rendered in charcoal and brown hues. Their shaggy rug piles are delightful underfoot. Copies of this style are produced in large numbers by factories nowadays, because the demand for them is so great. Rugs of this sort are seen as having greatly impacted designers including Vladimir Boberman and Ivan Da Silva. Some of the most evocative interior spaces of the 30’s and 40’s were designed by Frances Elkins, with these rugs playing a crucial role.

Rugs in the Arts and Crafts Tradition

Toward the end of the 19th century, taste makers in England had grown weary of mass produced items that were lagging in quality. In addition, tastes began to shift away from gaudy, ornate Victorian trimmings. Reform was in the air, and this extended to the way society would start thinking about the world and the things made in it.

Gavin Morton Designed Arts and Crafts Rug by Nazmiyal

Gavin Morton Designed Arts and Crafts Rug

The realm of rug making was not immune to these changes, something evidenced by the emergence of the Arts and Crafts school of thought. William Morris, Gavin Morton and Charles Voysey brought an entirely new take to the naturalistic themes of earlier carpets. Rather than using intricate detailed botanical forms of the past, these designers gravitated toward more geometric displays that were more tribal, larger scale and open in feel.

Traditional blue and reds from Persian schools were replaced by earthier colors more likely to be found in a European garden. Pastel shades also played a role in the patterning of these area rugs, allowing them to lend an air of peacefulness to the interiors they adorned. Woven with high-quality wool and time tested methods, these area rugs remained loyal to the techniques and traditions of rug making across the centuries, yet they also brought a new spin all their own.

Area Rugs as Fashion Statements

In recent years, the themes and standards of antique rug creation have transitioned successfully into the world of fashion. This trend extends far beyond the “one off” creations of a home seamstress, with vintage rug themes having made their way onto runways and closets of taste makers everywhere. The timeless nature of these patterns and textiles is something that fashion mavens simply cannot ignore. The natural dyes, vivid jewel tone colors, impressive patterning and high degree of craftsmanship have broad appeal, and their popularity in the fashion world should really come as no surprise.

Belle By Sigerson - Kilim Show fashion by Namziyal

Belle By Sigerson – Kilim Show fashion

Some of the best-known names in modern fashion have taken notice of the rug making art form, putting it to use in their collections. Burberry, for instance, used carpet influenced fabrics to create a series of capes for its 2014 winter line. Kilim inspired bags also took the fashion world by storm, gaining massive popularity among both men and women shoppers. This is a true testament to the timeless qualities embodied in antique rugs.

Boho Kilim Bag Fashion by Nazmiyal

Boho Kilim Bag Fashion

Further, the 2014-15 collections of Dolce & Gabbana utilized French carpet patterns and themes to create a truly stunning line reminiscent of Savonnerie and Aubusson rugs. Embroidery, baroque florals and high quality textiles made this line a real standout in the fashion world during that period.

French Carpet Inspired Dolce & Gabbana Dress by nazmiyal

French Carpet Inspired Dolce & Gabbana Dress

Fashionistas with a more bohemian vibe can also take advantage of rug making traditions when it comes to what they wear. Kilim rug patterns, again, play a substantial role in this fashion trend, which has flourished from the 1970’s onward. Tribal patterns from India, Africa and elsewhere are frequently used in the creation of coats, dresses, ponchos, bags and more, appealing to free-wheeling, artistic individuals everywhere.

Antique French Aubusson Carpet by Nazmiyal

Antique French Aubusson Carpet

The Overarching Power of Vintage Rugs and Area Antique Carpets

It is impossible to dispute the power of antique rugs to bring a sense of grounding, warmth, vibrancy and interest to any interior space. Area rugs serve to establish conversation spaces for loved ones, create personal refuges for families and bring light and life to the home.

Quintessential Boho Chic Decor With Vintage Moroccan Rugs by nazmiyal

The Quintessential Boho Chic Decor With Vintage Moroccan Rugs

Vintage Persian rugs, in addition to other rug types, fit seamlessly into a dizzying array of design styles, including Mid-Century Modern, Bohemian, traditional, Victorian, Scandinavian and even Regency. Even an antique area rug that dates back centuries has relevance and of-the-moment appeal. There truly is no end in sight to the popularity, functionality and desirability of antique and vintage rugs.

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Decorating With Modern Contemporary Moroccan Style Area Rugs Wed, 30 Sep 2020 16:09:14 +0000 We at Nazmiyal have just recently added a new collection of contemporary modern Moroccan style area rugs. While the vintage rugs from Morocco are limited in both size and availability, these Afghan rugs we created based on the magnificent Berber and Beni Ourain rugs and are available in a variety of larger sizes plus they can be custom made in any size and / or color combination. Learn how to decorate your home with the magnificent new modern rugs.

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The Large Contemporary Modern Moroccan Style Rugs Are the New Classic for Any Home Decor Style

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Today’s home decor style trends are about combining elements that speak to you and bring you a feeling of peace and serenity. Sometimes, bringing diverse styles together makes it challenging to create a look that is cohesive and that has a well-curated feel. Interior designers have been turning to the primitive designs and colors of the Moroccan Berber rugs since the middle part of the 20th century as a way to unify diverse design elements.

These beautiful, vintage area rugs quickly became a staple of interior design that never seems to go out of style. Now, artists are drawing inspiration from these mid-century modern rugs, and they are giving them a fresh, updated look that is perfect for the interior design styles of today.

The older Moroccan rugs are limited in size and are also becoming increasingly limited as far as their availability. But the new inspired Beni Ourain design rugs are made in a variety of rug sizes and even in oversized. You can also use one of them as an inspiration to deign your very own bespoke custom rug so the sky is the limit.

Here are a few ideas for using modern rugs from our contemporary Moroccan style rugs in your space, regardless of your design style.

Eco-chic and Nature-Inspired Style

Eco-chic and designs that are inspired by Mother Nature have been popular for several years. It is a trend that continues to grow in popularity, and it is also being incorporated into many other design styles. Modern Moroccan-style rugs capture the spirit of the outdoors in their colors and primitive designs. They are the perfect base for adding in layers of woven baskets, textile art, natural wood finishes, and lots of plants to create a cozy nature-inspired sanctuary.

Eco Chic Interior With Modern Moroccan Style Rug by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Eco Chic Interior With Modern Moroccan Style Rug

Wabi-Sabi and Nordic Styles

Scandinavian modern and the idea of hygge has been around for several years. Now, this idea has expanded to incorporate other Nordic styles and the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi. These Zen style interiors embody the philosophy of simple living and creating a space that is comfortable and that focuses on living in harmony with nature.

These styles can include more rustic design elements and contemporary ones that create a feeling of calmness and balance. Modern Moroccan-style rugs are made from all wool, have a primitive, natural feel, and their simple designs make them perfect for incorporating into these upcoming design trends.

Wabi Sabi Interior Decor With Modern Moroccan Style Rug by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Wabi Sabi Interior Decor With Modern Moroccan Style Rug

Bohemian and Eclectic Styles

Bohemian and Eclectic design styles borrow elements of different cultures. They combine colors and textures in a way that reaches out to you and draws you in. Traditional tiles from Morocco and Spanish colonial style architecture make the perfect backdrop for adding in a modern Moroccan-style rug to give the room a global and worldly flavor. Boho chic styles also incorporate elements of the natural world, such as lots of plants and other natural materials.

One popular trend in Bohemian interior decor style is using layered rugs throughout the space. You no longer have to pick just one. You can choose an antique area rug and layer a modern Moroccan-style rug on top for a look that adds character. You can choose your favorite mixed patterns and textures for an eclectic look that inspires you to grab a stack of pillows and enjoy a relaxing weekend.

Bohemian Eclectic Style Interior Modern Moroccan Style Rug by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Bohemian Eclectic Style Interior Modern Moroccan Style Rug

Ultra-Modern, Minimalist, and Industrial Styles

In the mid-20th century, designers used Moroccan rugs to soften the lines of streamlined interiors and modern furniture. The minimal legs of the furniture opened up new interior design real estate, and designers were quick to use rugs and carpets to add color and texture to this space. Now, these furniture trends are once again popular in ultramodern and industrial styles.

If your home is a modern edifice of steel and glass, or perhaps in an old warehouse, modern Moroccan-style rugs can soften the look and give it a cozy touch. Many modern Moroccan-style rugs use high-contrast colors and have a more graphic design feel, making them perfect for ultramodern room designs. These beautiful masterpieces are also finding their way into minimalist interiors as a feature piece.

Ultra Modern Interior Decor With Modern Moroccan Style Rug by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Ultra Modern Interior Decor With Modern Moroccan Style Rug

Mid-Century Modern and Retro Styles

Mid-century modern design is the original stylistic home of vintage Moroccan rugs. Now, mid-century modern furniture, and pieces inspired by it, are another trend that has been popular for several years and continues to grow. Only now, you can mix modern and retro design styles. Modern Moroccan-style rugs are the perfect way to bridge urban modern decor pieces with vintage ones. They bring together elements of the past and present in a way that is perfectly in line with today’s design trends.

The beautiful thing about modern style trends is that you no longer have to choose something and stick with it. You can mix and match. Keeping a cohesive look depends on having the perfect rug to tie it all together. Modern Moroccan-style rugs allow you to break the rules to create the right look for your personality.

Mid Century Modern Retro Interior With Modern Moroccan Style Rug by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Mid Century Modern Retro Interior With Modern Moroccan Style Rug

Coastal and Beach-Inspired Styles

Coastal and beach house inspired decor styles have inspired ocean lovers around the world for decades. This Hamptons beach style home decor style approach incorporates soft blues and colors that evoke a feeling of sand and surf. They often include driftwood, natural basketry, and other coastal-inspired accessories. Modern Moroccan-style rugs often feature beautiful blues and primitive patterns that add an exotic flavor to coastal style.

Coastal Beach Inspired Interior With Modern Moroccan Style Rug by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Coastal Beach Inspired Interior With Modern Moroccan Style Rug

Contemporary and Uniquely Yours

Many modern Moroccan-style rugs have a long pile and the same softness that people loved about the vintage originals that inspired them. The best part about today’s style is that you can incorporate elements that you love to create a space that reflects your personality. Modern Moroccan-style rugs allow you to combine elements of rustic and country farmhouse with contemporary pieces or any other style. That is one reason why these beautiful and inspired pieces are now considered to be as much of a design staple as their vintage predecessors.

Artists look to the past for inspiration and combine those ideas with fresh ones to create unique, modern pieces. Modern Moroccan-style rugs borrow the patterns and textures from vintage classics, but the artists give them new life with colorful backgrounds that are suitable for modern palettes. You can also find them in room sizes that are suited to modern architecture. At Nazmiyal, we have a beautiful collection of modern Moroccan-style rugs that are perfect for any style that suits your taste.

Contemporary and Uniquely Your Interior With Modern by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Contemporary and Uniquely Your Interior With Modern Moroccan Style Rug

If you want some inspiration for your interior design, here are just a few of our modern Moroccan style rugs:

Oversized Modern Moroccan Style Area Rug by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Oversized Modern Moroccan Style Area Rug

Large Cream and Blue Color Modern Moroccan Style Area Rug by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Large Cream and Blue Color Modern Moroccan Style Area Rug

Room Size Cream With Blue Color Berber Design Modern Moroccan Style Area Rug by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Room Size Cream With Blue Color Berber Design Modern Moroccan Style Area Rug

Berber Design Modern Blue Moroccan Style Runner Rug by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Berber Design Modern Blue Moroccan Style Runner Rug

Brown and Blue Beni Ourain Inspired Modern Moroccan Style Area Rug by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Brown and Blue Beni Ourain Inspired Modern Moroccan Style Area Rug

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High End Rugs Tue, 15 Sep 2020 18:05:26 +0000 It seems like every dealer will call pretty much anything they sell "high-end". But we all know that just because there is a big price tag on a rug doesn’t mean it is high end. So what makes some rugs high end and others not? In this article we aim to take the guessing game out of the world of antique , vintage and modern high end rugs!

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Characteristics of High End Rugs

If you have ever shopped for luxury, investment or high end rugs, you likely know that they can fetch a substantial price. Even relatively affordable exclusive rugs are in a completely different league from mass-produced commercial carpets. However, unless you are familiar with the world of rugs, you may not fully understand the characteristics that make certain rugs expensive while other not so much. Finding the perfect rugs can potentially make the expense more than worthwhile. These top-quality rugs are not as common and therefore they are far more unique and as a bonus, they also tend to hold their worth over time. However, just because there is a big price tag on a rug, doesn’t mean it is high end!

These six characteristics will help you better understand the world of high end rugs:

High End Rugs are Works of Art

This is arguably the most important characteristic of  high end rugs. That said, it is also the most subjective. The most expensive rugs are always more than just mere floor coverings. In fact, many luxury rugs are hung in displays rather than used as area rugs.

It is impossible to describe what makes a rug a work of art because it is inherently in the eye of the beholder. However, it is important to understand that many valuable rugs transcend their medium and are appreciated being “beautiful rugs” in much the same way a beautiful painting or iconic sculpture may be.

Jacques Emile Ruhlmann French Art Deco Carpet Nazmiyal

This Art Deco French rug by Jacques Emile Ruhlmann is a work of art.

High End Rugs are Hand-Woven

This characteristic is a little easier to understand. Rugs can be made in one of three broadly defined manners: machine-made, hand-woven or hand-tufted. Machine-produced rugs are, as the name implies, made with a machine. They are often mass-produced and typically not considered to be of great worth. Hand-woven creations require an immense amount of time and skill as the artisan ties each and every one of the rug knots by hand.

Hand-tufted work involves punching strands of material into a canvas. This method is significantly easier and pieces made with this method are prized less than the hand woven products. Talk to the seller to understand how the rug was made. Also, spend some time on your own due diligence to determine the provenance of the rug. Sadly, some carpet dealers attempt to pass off inauthentic rugs as being hand-woven.

Large Oversized Seafoam Color Antique Indian Agra Rug Nazmiyal

This seafoam colored Indian Agra rug is hand woven.

High End Rugs Have Appropriate Pile Length

Different rug styles have different pile lengths. Typically, “the best rugs” are those that are unusually fine and therefore have relatively short piles. This is because hand-weaving extremely intricate and complex patterns requires a lot more knots per inch than bolder large scale designs. Since the detailing of the design work is so refined, the rug weavers would need to shear the rug very low to be able to see a clear rendering (if they leave the pile too high, the wool would open up and create a fuzzy look where some if the patterns are not even visibly).

As with other technical characteristics of high end rugs, the value of pile length largely corresponds to how challenging the rug was to produce. More difficult rugs require greater mastery of the art. Of course, as with other artistic media, this isn’t a hard and fast rule, but it is a helpful heuristic.

***Please note that while finer rugs are considered to be “better” by some standards, many of the more high end decorative rugs will not have a fine weave.

Oversized Antique Tabriz Haji Jalili Persian Rug Nazmiyal

This Haji Jalili Tabriz rug has a shorter pile length.

Era-Correct Age of High End Rugs

Every era of rug making features unique characteristics. Sometimes these characteristics are copied in later years to imitate the style of an older rug. Typically, older and early rugs are more valuable if they are in good condition. Additionally, era-correct rugs are also precious. Of course, sometimes an older style may be copied for clearly artistic reasons.

However, be wary of rug makers trying to simply replicate an older style and pass it off as being from that era. When spending a considerable amount, you may want to think about having an expert appraise the rug. The large investment necessary to purchase a high end rug makes getting help worthwhile.

Large 18th Century Rare Antique Kurdish Shrub Design Rug Nazmiyal

This 18th century Kurdish rug uses a shrub design and is in great condition, making it high end.

High End Rugs Use Top-Quality Materials

It is likely no surprise that rugs made from natural materials such as pure wool or silk are more valuable than those made with synthetic materials like viscose. Of course, even within those categories, there is plenty of variability. For example, some wools, such as merino, angora or cashmere, are softer, more luxurious and more sought after than others.

Try feeling the rug. Those made with natural, high end materials and good-quality dyes will tend to feel much softer than lower quality woven rugs. Also, notice whether the design is distinct and clear. This indicates that the artisan not only used quality materials, but was also adept at weaving.

Fine Vintage Floral Silk and Wool Persian Khorassan Rug Nazmiyal

This Persian Khorassan was woven using top quality silk and wool.

High End Rugs Use Natural Dyes or No Dyes

There are two major types of dyes used on rugs: chemical-based, and vegetable and other natural dyes. Some (not all) chemical-based dyes are generally considered undesirable because they tend to degrade the materials. These are typically only used on lower-quality rugs. Vegetable-based dyes are preferable but are difficult to work with. Many of these rugs are only produced by master weavers.

Other natural dyes made from minerals or invertebrates are also highly sought after. In some cases, rugs are made without any dye at all. If an artisan is able to produce a beautiful design without the use of dyes, the rug is likely to be quite valuable.

Another important quality to check is how colorfast the dyes are. Dab the rug with a damp cloth or paper. On high end rugs, the colors will not come off on the cloth.

Antique 17th Century Northwest Persian Animal Rug Nazmiyal

This 17th Century Northwest Persian rug was created with natural dyes.

Beautiful, High End Rugs

At Nazmiyal Collection, we have a broad selection of high end and luxury rugs. Our collection spans antique, vintage and modern designs. All our rugs are carefully sourced with known provenances. Explore our collection of high end rugs and find something that matches your needs. Whether you want an investment rug or something to display in your home, we can help you find it.

Browse some more rugs from the Nazmiyal Collection that are high end:

Large Vintage Persian Silk Qum Rug Nazmiyal

Large Vintage Persian Silk Qum Rug

Antique Persian Tabriz Rug Nazmiyal

Antique Persian Tabriz Rug

Oversized Antique Persian Bidjar Rug Nazmiyal

Oversized Antique Persian Bidjar Rug

Large Antique Ziegler Sultanabad Persian Rug Nazmiyal

Large Antique Ziegler Sultanabad Persian Rug

Oversized Antique Persian Serapi Heriz Rug Nazmiyal

Oversized Antique Persian Serapi Heriz Rug

Antique Romanian Bessarabian Kilim Nazmiyal

Antique Romanian Bessarabian Kilim

Large Antique Persian Kerman Rug Nazmiyal

Large Antique Persian Kerman Rug

Breathtaking Large Oversized Antique Khotan Carpet Nazmiyal

Breathtaking Large Oversized Antique Khotan Carpet

Antique Persian Tabriz Rug Nazmiyal

Antique Persian Tabriz Rug

Large Rustic Antique Persian Sultanabad Carpet Nazmiyal

Large Rustic Antique Persian Sultanabad Carpet

Large Antique French Art Deco Rug Nazmiyal

Large Antique French Art Deco Rug

Antique Persian Tabriz Rug Nazmiyal

Antique Persian Tabriz Rug

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Beautiful Rugs Mon, 14 Sep 2020 20:05:01 +0000 We all know, or at least have heard the saying - "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder". So does that mean that there is no universal beauty standard for rugs? Do private consumers, collectors, dealers and interior designers all consider different things before labeling "regular rugs" or "beautiful rugs"? Today we try to tackle the age old question of what make certain rugs more beautiful than others.

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What Makes Some Rugs More Beautiful Than Others?

The range of colors and designs available in area rugs is almost endless. Whether your style is traditional, modern, Bohemian, minimalist, French country, Swedish modern or a unique mixture of styles, there is a carpet to fit your taste. You might prefer the formality of the vase carpets or pictorial rugs that tell a story. You might also like rustic carpets with their tribal qualities. However, sometimes, you see a rug that just catches your eye and takes your breath away. You can’t explain it, it just does. So, what separates breathtaking beautiful rugs from just a nice one?

Humans and Artistic Beauty

About 40,000 years ago, humans began making marks on cave walls. Some were symbolic and meant to convey meaning, while others appear to have been simply aesthetic. At that point, humans evolved beyond other animals and the concept of art was born. When you consider the history of rugs, their earliest purpose was utilitarian. A carpet / floor covering provided a way to keep out the cold and damp of the earth or to stop the drafts. Yet, when you look at rugs as art, especially those rugs that are masterpieces, such as the works of Ustad Mohtasham or Haji Jalili, it becomes apparent that Oriental rugs are much more than a floor covering to keep out the cold.

Cave Paintings | Nazmiyal

Cave paintings were the beginning of the concept of art.

Our exploration of what makes one carpet more beautiful than another requires an exploration of aesthetics in the world of art. Carpet weaving is an art medium the same as painting, sculpture or pottery. As with each of these mediums, it has its advantages and limitations. When you look at a beautiful work of art, you feel a rush of emotions. You may feel awe, fascination, admiration or gratitude. It stirs something in you, and you may even touch something that seems to transcend the human experience.

Understandably, you might have these experiences when viewing an intricate rug made of silk with fine details that took years to produce. However, people also get that same reaction when viewing a primitive series of lines painted on a cave wall with dust from a colorful rock. Besides, one carpet may be more beautiful to one person than to another. However, within this range of personal aesthetic judgments are certain works of art with for which there seems to be a consensus that they are magnificent and transcendent.

Intricate Silk Rug | Nazmiyal

An intricate silk rug could be considered very beautiful.

Beautiful Rugs – But What Is Beautiful?

Answering the question of what makes a certain carpet stand out as more beautiful than another touches the question of what defines beauty. When something is beautiful, it is something that you feel, but you might not be able to place exactly what makes it that way. You just know it when you see it.

Formal art schools and training are meant to enhance the ability of the student to produce pieces that are more likely to touch the soul, compared to those produced by an untrained street and folk artist. Students at carpet weaving workshops and schools learn from those who can tap into the emotions of the viewer and create pieces that stand out from the others. Yet, certain students will be better at doing this than others, even with the same training and instructors. They just seem to have a raw talent that allows them to create stunningly beautiful designs.

Scientists and artists have tried to unlock the “formula” for creating visually appealing pieces for decades, but one could argue that they are no closer now than they were when they began. When it comes to creating a piece that is “ephemeral,” it seems to be hitting the right combination of color, texture and design. Yet, when it comes to defining those qualities, that is where the waters get muddy.

Bauhaus Weaving Workshop and Art School | Nazmiyal Antique Rugs in NYC

The Bauhaus Art School had a weaving workshop.

Into the Lab To Study Beauty

In a recent study by a Manhattan College psychology professor, an experiment was conducted that tried to define how simple shapes interact with the brain to create “beauty.” In this experiment, the participants were presented with a series of four different polygons. They were asked to rate them on a scale of one to seven, according to their level of ugliness or beauty.

The shapes were ones that you would not normally encounter in the real world. One was a random contour, another had mirror-image symmetry, and another had translational symmetry which is where one component can be slid into another. An example of translational symmetry is a honeycomb or repeating geometric pattern where one part of the pattern can be substituted for another. The final shape had rotational symmetry where the shape was turned around a point in either a clockwise or counterclockwise position.

What the experimenter found is that the participants spent more time looking at the polygon that was symmetrical than at any other shape. They preferred the mirror-image shape over all of the others. The experimenter went on to say that this has an evolutionary basis that has to do with choosing the perfect mate based on the symmetry of the body, but there we go back to the cave paintings again.

In addition to preferring symmetry, the participants also seemed to prefer the symmetrical shapes when presented vertically, rather than horizontally or at an angle. When it comes to rugs and carpets, this would make it seem like producing a breathtaking design would be as simple as creating a vertical carpet with a symmetrical design. One can certainly find examples of extraordinary beautiful rugs that use this principle.

One of the most common examples is medallion carpets that use both horizontal and vertical symmetry executed with precision. It also explains why one almost never sees a design that is oriented horizontally or placed at an angle. Many people think this would not be possible on a vertical weaving loom, but it would be possible, you just never see it. For some reason, it just would not seem right aesthetically.

Symmetry in rugs | Nazmiyal

Symmetrical shapes are often considered more beautiful.

Beauty And The Human Element

Although one can find examples where the symmetry principle is used to produce extraordinary fine rugs, one can also find breathtaking examples of tribal rugs that do not follow the formal rules of color combinations or symmetry. Yet, we find ourselves just as captivated by them. We find ourselves drawn to the whimsical charm and qualities of rustic carpets that are imperfectly executed, that have “flaws” in them or that are simplistic in their motifs. We love those that seem to have a child-like innocence and simplicity. So why are these beautiful rugs just as breathtaking as the formal schooled designs of the carpet production centers?

The answer to this lies in empathy. When we look at these “imperfect” carpets, we see the human who created it. It is a reflection of the elements that connect all of humanity. It is about connecting the humanity of the artist with the humanity of the viewer. We know that human hands touched every fiber of the carpet. We know that human hands picked the plants for the colors and raised the sheep that produced the wool. We see the human behind every element of the design.

The beauty of a great carpet is that you can connect with an artist who no longer walks the earth, but that you know they existed because you can touch and feel their work. You can stand on the same threads where those of past stood and touch some part of their material world. You can come to understand them a little more through the colors and designs that they chose. In doing so, we can come to understand ourselves a little more as well. We are back to why millions of visitors every year visit those simple cave paintings in France. It is the same reason why we must have a carpet produced during the Safavid Dynasty in our collection. It is about human connections and having something that transcends our place in time and history.

Asymmetrical Rugs | Nazmiyal

Even an imperfect carpet can be considered beautiful.

Afterthoughts On Beautiful Rugs and Carpets

Now, we have examined two different approaches to unlocking what makes some beautiful rugs stand out and take your breath away more than others do. We explored the scientific approach and the human approach, so which is right? The answer is that both are correct, and neither are correct, at least not all of the time. Some people are drawn to rugs that have perfectly executed symmetry and that have a “schooled” appearance, while others prefer the imperfection and connection that they feel with a primitive tribal carpet. There is no right or wrong answer, and everyone is different. After all, these differences are the real beauty of what makes us human.

As you browse around and appreciate these beautiful carpets as the great works of art that they truly are, you will undoubtedly find more than a few that make you stop and pause. Our goal is to bring you the finest and best carpets in the world. We at Nazmiyal have amassed a collection that includes examples from exquisite antique rugs to more abstract vintage rugs from the mid-20h century. Search our rugs online until you find the one that makes you catch your breath and touches that special place within. You will just know it when you see it.

Take a look at a few of our favorite beautiful rugs:

Persian Carpet | Nazmiyal

Antique Persian Sarouk Farahan Rug

Scandinavian Kilim | Nazmiyal

Vintage Scandinavian Kilim

Turkish Oushak | Nazmiyal

Antique Turkish Oushak

Chinese Rug

Antique Dragon Chinese Rug

Indian Agra Rug | Nazmiyal

Indian Agra Rug

French Aubusson Carpet | Nazmiyal

French Aubusson Carpet

Caucasian Karabagh Rug | Nazmiyal

Caucasian Karabagh Rug

Antique Khotan Rug | Nazmiyal

Antique Khotan Rug

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Chahar Bagh Carpets and Persian Gardens History Fri, 11 Sep 2020 15:27:32 +0000 Join us as we take a journey through the history of the famed Persian Chahar Bagh Carpets and their source of artistic inspiration - the iconic and historically significant Persian gardens.

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Unraveling The Chahar Bagh Rug and Persian Garden History

Several types of handwoven rugs can be found all over the world. Many people are familiar with the terms “Persian rugs” or “oriental rugs”. However, there are many different types of Persian rugs. The Chahar bagh rug (Charbagh), or “garden rugs”, refers to area carpets with a specific Persian style garden design layout. This specific rug design pattern has existed for thousands of years and is known as a favorite among collectors.

Chahar Bagh Garden Design Carpet Nazmiyal

An example of a Chahar Bagh garden carpet

Origins Of the Chahar Bagh Rug Design

The term “Chahar Bagh” translates literally to ‘four gardens.’ The layout of these rugs reflects a specific Iranian garden format. This garden form dominated the Persian garden scene from around 600 AD and can still be seen in the area today. However, the origins of Chahar Bagh actually date back to the mid-6th century BC in Cyrus the Great’s palace garden at Pasargadae.

Charbagh Gardens At Naqshe Jahan Square In Isfahan Iran by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Charbagh Gardens At Naqshe Jahan Square In Isfahan Iran

Charbagh gardens focused on water and irrigation due to the arid climate of the area they originate from (present-day Iran). These layouts were geographic in nature, with strong symmetry. A fountain or water source would be located at the center of the garden, with the water separating into four different canals. These canals were designed in right angles and moved to divide the garden into four separate beds. These four beds represent four elements; sky, earth, plants, and water.

The Chahar Bagh Rug At The Albert Hall Museum In Jaipur by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

The Chahar Bagh Rug At The Albert Hall Museum In Jaipur

The Chahar Bagh Garden Form

The Chahar Bagh form spread rapidly throughout the eastern world until the 18th-century. Chahar Bagh gardens could be created anywhere, from a small courtyard to extensive royal palace grounds. Gardens with the four quadrant design can also be found over a vast distance, from Spain through the Middle East and India. As Persians and Muslims moved across Asia, the gardens were adapted to fit local needs, but the basic design features stayed the same.

Char Bagh Garden Plan For Humayun's Tomb by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Chahar Bagh Garden Plan For Humayun’s Tomb

The spread of this garden layout and the spread of Islam went hand-in-hand. The four-garden designs were adopted by Muslim invaders, as they were viewed as a representation of the garden of Paradise (described in the Islamic holy book, the Qur’an). References are also made to a garden of Paradise, or Eden, in the Christian bible. This garden form’s symbolism has roots in three of the world’s larger religions – Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism.

Charbagh Gardens of The Taj Mahal by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Charbagh Gardens of The Taj Mahal

Chahar Bagh as a Rug Pattern

The garden imagery, particularly the Chahar bagh rug pattern, is well represented in Persian poetry and art. The Persian carpet weavers masterfully showed the Persian garden’s symmetry and beauty in their handwoven rugs.

Char Bagh Rug At The Metropolitan Museum Of Art by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Char Bagh Rug At The Metropolitan Museum Of Art

Representations of Persian gardens in carpets combine a bird’s-eye view of the traditional four‑part garden with the addition of birds and trees. Garden rugs can be classified into three groups according to their designs:

4 Quadrant Chahar Bagh Rugs With Directional Landscapes with Trees

This group depicts dark tree imagery. This design’s variant is the Indian floral lattice group, which features a trellis-type design with several types of flowering trees, shrubs, and plants.


Chahar Bagh Four Quadrant Rug In The Victoria Albert Museum by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Chahar Bagh Four Quadrant Rug In The Victoria Albert Museum

Paradise Park Chahar Bagh Rugs

Figures of birds and animals are added into the landscape to create a “Paradise Park.”


The Schwarzenberg Paradise Park Chahar Bagh Carpet Doha Islamic Art Museum by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

The Schwarzenberg Paradise Park Chahar Bagh Carpet Doha Islamic Art Museum

Schwarzenberg Paradise Park Chahar Bagh Carpet Doha Islamic Art Museum by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Center Of The Schwarzenberg Paradise Park Chahar Bagh Carpet Doha Islamic Art Museum

Chahar Bagh Paradise Park Design Safavid Fragment from the Montreal Museum Of Art by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Chahar Bagh Paradise Park Design Safavid Fragment from the Montreal Museum Of Art

Formal Chahar Bagh Carpets

This design features a formal, walled garden separated by pathways and water canals into four (or more plots). These plots are filled with flowers, trees, and a variety of animals.


The Wagner Chahar Bagh Carpet In The Burrell Collection by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

The Wagner Chahar Bagh Carpet In The Burrell Collection

The Antique Chahar Bagh Rugs

The earliest known references to a garden carpet are to the ‘Spring Of Khosrow Carpet,’ which was made for the 7th-century Sassanian emperor, Khusrow. This rug was rumored to be extremely large and very beautiful, crafted from silk, precious stones, and gold and silver threads. The Spring Carpet depicted a garden with trees, pathways, and blossoming flower beds.

Spring of Khosrow Nazmiyal

A painted depiction of Khosrow I: The Lakhmid ruler Al-Mundhir III ibn al-Nu’man asking for Khosrow I’s assistance against the Byzantines.

Aside from the few distinct Safavid rugs of the late 16th/ early 17th-century, all other examples of this type of carpet were made during the 18th-century. These carpets were woven in wool on a cotton or wool foundation. All of these carpets were manufactured in workshops in northwest Kurdistan, but production died out by the early 19th-century. By the early 20th-century, there were only a small number of 18th-century Kurdish pieces still in existence.

Charbagh Gardens at Jahangir's Tomb In Lahore India by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Charbagh Gardens at Jahangir’s Tomb In Lahore India

In 1937, a Chahar bagh carpet was found in the Maharajahs of Jaipur’s abandoned palace at Amber Fort. Knotted in the Safavid way, this antique rug shockingly had records on a label attached to the lining and notes written directly on the lining itself. This inscription provided a short description of the carpet along with the date “29 August 1632.”

Detailed Image Of The Chahar Bagh Rug At The Albert Hall Museum In Jaipur by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Detailed Image Of The Chahar Bagh Rug At The Albert Hall Museum In Jaipur

The Jaipur carpet is extremely large, stretching an impressive eight and a half meters long and almost four meters wide. It is extremely finely knotted and made from ivory cotton, fine wool in various colors, and blue and pink silk, which is only found in the best quality carpets. This carpet appears to be produced by a high caliber commercial workshop, most likely as a special order. As one of the oldest examples of this design, the Jaipur rug served as prototype for Kurdistan-based weavers.

This rug blog about the Persian Chahar Bagh Carpets and Gardens was published by Nazmiyal Rug Gallery in NYC

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Unraveling The Mystery Of The Nigde Carpet At The Met Museum Thu, 10 Sep 2020 19:27:06 +0000 One of the most famous antique rugs in the world is that famed Nigde Carpet At The Metropolitan Museum of Art. But the true origin of this magnificent early carpet is shrouded in mystery. In this post we try to unravel the mysterious origins of the Nigde carpet.

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The Mysterious Origins of the Nigde Carpet At The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Some works of art have an ethereal quality that seem to transcend the human experience. The “Nigde carpet”, housed at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, is one of those pieces. This magnificent antique rug was gifted from the private rug collection of Joseph V. McMullan in 1956. Since then, it has sparked quite a bit of controversy among art enthusiasts, rug collectors and art historians.

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Nigde Carpet At The Metropolitan Museum of Art

History and Controversy Surrounding the Nigde Carpet

The carpet itself was supposedly discovered in a Mosque in Nigde, Turkey, in 1908. According to the standard conventions, rug names were often given based one their place of origin or discovery local. This led to the original classification of this carpet as one of Anatolian origins. The Nigde carpet was purchased by William T Dewart, of New York, between 1941-1947. It was then sold to the famous carpet collector, Joseph V McMullan of New York, and later on gifted to the Metropolitan Museum of Art between 1947 and 1956.

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Weave Of The Nigde Carpet

While there is certainly evidence to support the Ottoman origins of the carpet, it also contains certain design elements that are typically associated with Trans-Caucasian carpets or those produced in Northwest Iran. These elements later led to its reclassification as a Caucasian carpet.

So, which is it? It seems that there is much more below the surface that can give us a glimpse into life during the 18th century and into a world that time has all but forgotten.

The Nigde Carpet’s Question of Origin

The overall ogival forms of the carpet are a characteristic that became an iconic carpet layout during the early days of the Ottoman Empire. It is found in carpets, fabrics, and in the tile-work in mosques. This rug design pattern is characterized by a lattice that separates forms ranging from cartouche to the more angular diamond shapes found in the Nigde carpet. The Ottoman courts considered this to be an exclusive design.

The overall pattern is characteristic of Ottoman artwork, but the geometric shapes within each segment are more like the tribal carpets created by the tribes that inhabited the Caucasian mountains. To further complicate the question of origins, you will find distinctively Persian flower motifs scattered throughout the design. The lotus flowers, sickle leaves, cloud bands, and herati designs found in the centers of the individual sections all point to Persian origins and an Asian influence.

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Side Of The Nigde Carpet

To add another layer of complexity to the mystery of the rug, the weaving technique used to make the carpet uses a weaving technique that is characteristic of carpets from the area surrounding Kerman, Iran. The technique is commonly referred to as the “vase technique.” It involves placing three rows of weft between each row of knots. The first and third are pulled tightly, but the center row is allowed to remain loose. This creates a unique texture, reflective properties, and produces a carpet that is extremely durable.

The pattern and technique used in this carpet mimic the silk carpets created in Kerman, only this one uses a cotton warp and weft with a wool pile. The carpet uses the Turkish Ghiordes, or symmetrical, rug knot. This knot also points to Anatolian origins, as opposed to Persian since Persian carpets typically use the Senneh rug knot / asymmetrical, knot.

This mixture of elements that seem to have arisen throughout the area is what creates the mystery surrounding the Nigde carpet. Nigde was a carpet producing center of the Ottoman Empire and its carpets were characteristically Anatolian in their weaving technique and patterns. While the Nigde carpet shows the knotting technique and overall layout that is characteristic of Anatolian carpets, all other elements seem to point to Caucasian or Persian origins.

A Glimpse Into The Nigde Carpet’s History

The Nigde carpet is believed to have been created in the 18th century. It is an exceptionally large format carpet, spanning nearly 24 feet long and 10 feet wide. This long and narrow gallery size alone makes it an exceptional piece. Carpets of this size and complexity were typically created for the royal palaces, courts or public spaces. A carpet of this size could have easily taken a team of skilled rug weavers between one or two years to create. The quality of work and design also points to its origins as a commissioned piece, rather than a tribal or small village carpet.

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Detail Image Of The Nigde Carpet

What makes this carpet so mysterious is that during the time of its creation, the Ottoman Empire and Safavid Empire were considered rivals in the carpet industry. Each sought to establish its own unique identity in design, colors, and techniques. In small size village carpets, you will often see the blending of designs from throughout the area. However, the Ottoman and Safavid courts sought to avoid any mixing of styles. The artistic rivalry was intense and this mixing of elements would not have been allowed by the court artists of either empire or so they claimed.

The mixing of elements in village carpets was largely due to the silk road, which helped to spread knowledge and artistic designs through informal cultural exchange and exposure. However, you seldom see these types of cultural exchanges or mixing of elements in those that were obviously produced as court carpets. This is what makes the Nigde carpet so unique, as both a historical piece and from a collector’s standpoint.

The Nigde Carpet gives the world a glimpse into history that goes beyond the historical facts. It paints a picture of a world that is quite different from the one that you might get from reading fragmented historical accounts alone. It points to a blending of cultures, or does it suggest the potential “borrowing” of designs and techniques to gain an advantage?

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Border Of The Nigde Carpet

The techniques used in the Nigde carpet span a territory that extends over 1,200 miles. It shows a diversity of techniques and patterns that suggest a considerable level of cultural exchange, certainly not the isolated cultures that historical records would paint.

The techniques and patterns used to create this carpet show a well-developed design repertoire and an artist who was exposed to many different carpet weaving concepts and ideals. It seems that the master rug weaver / designer was able to take the best-of-the-best to create a masterpiece of sublime beauty.

From journals of travelers through the area, we have accounts of cities along the silk road routes that were a mixture of cultures and languages. These famous routes played an important role in the development of art and culture that extended from China to Europe and that touched all points in between. The Nigde carpet is important because it supports the level of cultural exchange that is documented in the journals of these travelers.

The Nigde Carpet – A World Treasure

The Persian vase technique carpets of Kerman are a rare find. Only the most skilled artisans of Persia could produce carpets using this technique. This is why they were reserved for only the wealthiest clientele and royalty. The mix of designs and colors found throughout this carpet is extraordinary, and they show many different cultural influences.

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Corner Of The Nigde Carpet

The Nigde carpet is more than likely of Persian or Trans-Caucasian origin and was imported to Nigde. Perhaps the inclusion of Ottoman design was intentional and dictated by the one who commissioned it. Perhaps, it was the invention of the artist with exposure to Ottoman carpets. We will never know how this remarkable piece came to be, but we do know that there is no other like it in the world.

The Nigde carpet is a unique and significant piece in the world of carpet collecting. We may never completely solve the mysteries that reveal themselves upon closer examination of the carpet, but we do know that this unique piece is a world treasure. Visiting this piece when it is on display at the Met is an unforgettable experience that sparks the imagination and transports you to a world that time as all but forgotten.

If you are interested in highly rare and collectible carpets like the Nigde Carpet, then you should take a look at:

Rare Antique Caucasian Karabagh Rug 70553 Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Rare Antique Caucasian Karabagh Rug

Rare Antique 17th Century Transylvanian Rug 70351 Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Rare Antique 17th Century Transylvanian Rug

Rare 17th Century Persian Vase Kerman Carpet 45770 Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Rare 17th Century Persian Vase Kerman Carpet

Rare 17th Century Antique Persian Isfahan Rug 49141 Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Rare 17th Century Antique Persian Isfahan Rug

Antique 18th Century Anatolian Rug From James Ballard Collection 47373 Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Antique 18th Century Anatolian Rug From James Ballard Collection

Antique 17th Century Northwest Persian Rug 70215 Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Antique 17th Century Northwest Persian Rug

17th Century Persian Khorassan Carpet 47074 Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

17th Century Persian Khorassan Carpet

17th Century Mughal Gallery Carpet 47597 Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

17th Century Mughal Gallery Carpet

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Swedish Rug Weaving History Wed, 09 Sep 2020 16:42:03 +0000 The Swedish rug weaving history is one of the more fascinating ones in the rug industry. Spanning more decades than most dealer and consumers realize, the Swedish rug played so many rolls in the lives of Swedish people. Read this fascinating Swedish rug post to learn more.

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Weaving The Swedish Rug: A Short Story About A Long History

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We all should be considering our rugs as work of art. But when was the last time you truly appreciated or even thought of the rug weaver who made your rug? Even if you “just” have a special appreciation for interior design you would most definitely think of your rugs this way. Well, for the Swedish rug weaving industry, not only are their rugs considered works of art, but they’re also a special part of their cultural history.

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Scandinavian Peninsula

Swedish Rug Weaving – The Early Years

Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot of solid documentation concerning the early history of rug making in Sweden exclusively. But, if we look at the history of rug making throughout all of Scandinavia, we can piece together a fairly comprehensive picture of where it all began.

Similar to many textile art forms, such as knitting and weaving, the weaving of Scandinavian rugs began out of necessity more than art. The Scandinavian Peninsula, which is made up of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Finland, is in the upper-most part of Northern Europe. As you can imagine, the weather there, especially during the colder months, is not particularly hospitable. Their often frigid temperatures led the Scandinavian peoples to highly value anything that was designed to provide warmth.

Vintage Swedish Rya Rugs and Scandinavian Carpet Viking Ship - Nazmiyal

Vintage Swedish Rya Rugs and Scandinavian Carpet Viking Ship

This helps to explain why, most likely, they were so quick to pick up rug making. Historians suspect that the inspiration for the earliest Scandinavian rugs came from Vikings encountering Persian rugs and wanting to recreate the insulating effect that the rugs provided.

It was approximately the mid-12th century when the Scandinavian people began weaving their own versions of this popular textile. They took the concept of the more common kilim rugs and developed their own style of flat-woven rug called “rollakan”. They then took inspiration from the popular Eastern pile rugs and developed the most recognizable Swedish rug, the Swedish Rya rug.

18th Century Dated Swedish Wedding Dowry Rug - Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

18th Century Dated Swedish Wedding Dowry Rug

Ryas are knotted pile rugs that are made with a special linen backing. The backing is woven in such a way that there are small holes evenly spaced across the material through which woolen yarn can be knotted, creating a piled shaggy rug. When placed shaggy side down, these were found to be incredibly warm bed coverings.

Weaving Shaggy Vintage Swedish Rya Rugs - Nazmiyal

Weaving Shaggy Vintage Swedish Rya Rugs

Both rollakans and ryas were originally made from natural fibers, such as undyed sheep’s wool. This meant that the first Swedish wool rugs contained only earthy colors such as brown, tan, white, and black. Although weavers would sometimes incorporate decorative patterns, the early woven Swedish rug was mainly utilitarian, so solid colors were the most common. Because sheep’s wool is naturally insulating and water-resistant, these early rugs were perfect for seafaring people who would use them as protective cloaks and blankets.

Marta Maas Rug Weavers Weaving A Swedish Rollakan Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Marta Maas Rug Weavers Weaving A Swedish Rollakan

Eventually, people across the entire peninsula discovered how useful these rugs were, particularly the nobility. By the end of the 14th century, the plain utilitarian Swedish rug had given way to much more decorative versions that included a variety of colors and intricate designs. Little did they know that by adding artistic flair to their area rugs these early Swedish rug weavers were pioneering what would become a long-standing tradition throughout Scandinavia, particularly in Sweden.

Rugs Of Many Colors

The earliest remaining examples of these decorative rugs date back to the early 15th century. They were very high quality and were often treated as family heirlooms. This explains why they were so well-preserved. The most common style of rug found from that era are Rya rugs. Ryas were particularly popular in Sweden and could be found decorating many castle rooms. They remained a decorating favorite until the early 17th century when they finally began to fall out of favor, at least where royalty was concerned.

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Swedish Rya Rug Colors

It was during this time that Rya rugs became an important part of the Swedish wedding ceremony. Wealthy families would commission specially designed wedding rugs to be part of their daughters’ dowries. These

s would usually depict a man and a woman and they would have the year of the wedding woven into the design. The bride and groom would kneel on the dowry rug during the ceremony and then keep it as a memento of their special day. The dowry rug could then be used as a decorative area rug, tapestry or used as a bed covering. This tradition can also be seen in Finland as well as other Scandinavian countries.

Wool Colors For Weaving A Swedish Rug At The Marta Maas Rug Company - Nazmiyal Rugs

Wool Colors For Weaving A Swedish Rug At The Marta Maas Rug Company

By the mid to late 17th century, Swedish rug weaving had developed into a full-fledged art form. The Rya rugs began to include more geometric patterns as well as floral and animal designs. Rollakan rugs also took on a more decorative style, although they were not as popular or artistic as Rya rugs. During the height of their popularity, they were mainly owned by commoners and used both for utility and decoration.

The Rag Rug From Sweden

At this point in the story, a new kind of woven Swedish rug entered the scene, the – rag rug. Nowadays it’s easy for us to think of rag rugs as cute little country decorations. But when they first came into existence, they were more of a status symbol.

In the early 1800’s, when fabric was precious and exclusively made by hand, it wasn’t uncommon for housewives to keep every scrap of fabric they could get their hands on. Old clothes were used and patched until they couldn’t be used anymore and then they were turned into useful things like patches for other clothes. The idea of placing this precious commodity on the floor would have been out of the question.

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Swedish Rag Rug

In wealthy households, however, something had to be done with the extra fabric scraps and what better use could there be than rug making? Decorative woven rag rugs started turning up in upper-class homes in the mid-1800’s. Eventually, when fabric became more readily available, middle-class housewives picked up on the trend and a popular art form was born.

Many of the early rag rugs still exist and they provide an interesting peek into the past. They are made out of every clothing material that was available at that time and they reflect the popular color schemes of the day. Most of these rugs contain subtle earthy colors with only a few bright stripes thrown in. This showed that brightly colored clothing was uncommon and cherished, not something to be tossed into the old rag bin.

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Pile Of Vintage Swedish Rag Rug

You may be wondering how it is that any of these 19th-century rag rugs still exist. For that, you need to keep in mind that these rugs were mostly woven by women who knew the worth of the fabric. Not to mention the fact that they knew the amount of work that went into weaving a rug. That is why they would often used these rugs only on special occasions such as Sundays and holidays.

Next to Rya rugs, the rag rugs are one of the most iconic pieces of Swedish folk art. Not only can they be found in nearly every chic country home around the world, but they can also be seen depicted in many famous pieces of artwork from the 1800’s. It’s almost like no home was considered complete without one of these classic rugs.

The Modern Swedish Rug Of Today

Many hundreds of years may have passed since the creation of the first Swedish Rya and rollakan rugs. But Swedish rug weavers and textile artists have held tight to this historic textile art form. Throughout the 18th and 19th century, Sweden continued to gain notoriety for the quality and beauty of their area rugs. Not just the fancy Ryas and rollakans, but the humble rag rug as well. By mixing traditional rug-making techniques with new designs, Swedish artists were able to carry this important art form into the 20th and now the 21st century. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the work of the famous Swedish textile artist and designer, Märta Måås-Fjetterström.

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Portrait Of Märta Måås-Fjetterström

Märta Måås-Fjetterström (1873-1941) is one of Sweden’s most, if not the most, well-known Swedish textile artists. Her rugs can be seen decorating royal palaces, on exhibit in museums and even being used in the Nobel Prize ceremony. Marta Maas began designing and making rugs as a young adult. She eventually went one and established her own rug making business in 1919 called Båstad – a business that still exists today. She and her protege, Barbro Nilsson (1899-1983), had a huge impact on the Swedish rug weaving industry with their innovative weaving techniques and intricate designs. Their complex and colorful tapestries and knotted rugs garnered attention from across the globe, making the handmade rugs from Sweden the envy of home decorators and erudite consumers everywhere.

In the 1950’s, Rya rugs had become so popular that people began wanting to make their own. Swedish textile and rug weaving companies began producing the backing and other materials to sell along with traditional Swedish patterns as kits. These weaving kits would make it so that people around the world could learn the art of Swedish rug making in the comfort of their own homes. Rya rug making continued in popularity until the 1970’s when the cheaper Swedish hooked rug kits became available. In recent years, Rya rugs have regained popularity due to their higher quality and longevity.

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Swedish Rug Designer Barbro Nilsson

Up until recently, the vibrant modern designs of artists like Måås-Fjetterström and Niellson had dominated the industry, but nowadays many decorators are looking for a slightly more subtle look. Oddly enough, this has led to a resurgence in the popularity of more traditional Swedish rugs like the flat woven rollakans and the muted rag rugs. This has only increased the desirability of Swedish rugs and they continue to dominate rug markets thanks to their quality and historic beauty.

Swedish Rug Weaving Final Thoughts

Swedish rug weaving has a long and interesting history, not only in Sweden but throughout all of Scandinavia. From simple utilitarian floor coverings to full-fledged status symbols, the Swedish rug has evolved a lot over the years. But even with all the changes, the basic techniques and high-quality craftsmanship remain the same. Knowing this, it’s easy to see why these beautiful rugs are so often sought after and highly cherished. Whether you like the smooth artistic geometric lines of the flat woven rollakan, the shaggy blended look of the Rya, or the uneven textured and rustic look of the rag rug, one thing is for sure, the woven Swedish rug is more than just floor covering. It is a special piece of history and incredible work of art.

If you are shopping for a magnificent Swedish rug then here are just a few choice examples from our comprehensive collection:

Vintage Swedish Flat Woven Rug By Ingrid Dessau #47664 by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Vintage Swedish Flat Woven Rug By Ingrid Dessau

Vintage Pile Swedish Rug for Marta Maas by Barbro Nilsson 49564 by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Vintage Pile Swedish Rug for Marta Maas by Barbro Nilsson

Swedish Salerno Blue Rug By Designer Barbro Nilsson for Marta Maas by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Swedish Salerno Blue Rug By Designer Barbro Nilsson for Marta Maas

Swedish Rya Rug by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Swedish Rya Rug

Swedish Marta Maas Kilim Rug #49269 by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Swedish Marta Maas Kilim Rug

Swedish Kilim Rug Rollakan by Ingered Silow 48203 by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Swedish Kilim Rug Rollakan by Ingered Silow

Swedish Kilim Rug by Agda Osterberg #49822 by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Swedish Kilim Rug by Agda Osterberg

Swedish Barbro Nilson Designed Shag Rug For Marta Maas 70367 by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Swedish Barbro Nilson Designed Shag Rug For Marta Maas

Marianne Richter Swedish Pile Rug Designed For Marta Maas 70596 by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Marianne Richter Swedish Pile Rug Designed For Marta Maas

Large Earthy Colors Swedish Rya Rug 46608 by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs

Large Earthy Colors Swedish Rya Rug

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Beni Ourain Rugs Fri, 28 Aug 2020 15:59:36 +0000 The Moroccan Beni Ourain tribe is made up of 17 different Berber tribes who reside in the Atlas Mountains. So any rug woven by any one of the people that are part of those tribes would be considered a "Beni Ourain Rug".

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For Starters – What Are Beni Ourain Rugs?

The term “Beni Ourain” is the name of the collective of 17 different Berber tribes that live in the Atlas Mountains. So any rug woven by any one of these Berber tribes would be a Beni Ourain rug. This is in contrast to what some rug dealers would say as they (mistakenly) think the term “Beni Ourain” referrers to a look, feel and / or texture of certain Berber woven rugs.

The Beni Ourain Berber Tribe’s People

Wile most live in the Atlas mountains, some have come to the lowlands to farm, but many still raise sheep at the higher up elevations. The sheep produce excellent high-grade wool which goes into the beautiful rugs made by the Beni Ourain tribes.

Certain tribes in Morocco have preferred colors. Natural dyes were used exclusively in Morocco until the mid to late 20th century. Natural dyes included henna, almond leaves, indigo, iron sulfate, and cochineal, among others. The true authentic vintage and mid-century Beni Ourain rugs add a sophisticated and simple look and feel to any room’s decor. This makes them sought after by the top interior designers who love them and look to feature them as rugs decor.

For the most part, women weave the rugs. They incorporate design elements from their personal experience into the carpet’s designs. Usually, the design were created as references to natural events and aspects of daily life such as birth, fertility, nature, femininity, rural life, beliefs and / or spirituality.

Some of the Beni Ourain tribe people who wove these rugs believed that the carpets could even ward off evil spirits. Therefore, they incorporated and made sure to add design elements and lucky charms to ward off the evil eye and bring luck and prosperity.

The traditional style and patterns of the Beni Ouarain rugs consists of mostly geometric black or brown lines that create abstract and diamond shapes on a cream or whitish background. Most of these carpets will not have a border and some might have fringe while others will not (and some might have fringe on one end only). The rugs are handwoven and can last a lifetime if not more.

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Morocco Atlas Mountains

Originally, these Berber carpets were used as bedspreads or blankets and not decorative floor coverings. They had a “loose structure” to conform to the shape of the body and thick soft pile would be a great way for them to keep warm in the harsh atmosphere of the Atlas Mountains.

Knots are tied in a very specific way and the pile is deep or shallow according to the purpose of the rug. Other designs include talisman symbols, characters from the Ancient Berber alphabet and geometric patterns reminiscent of the old Native American Navajo rug designs.

The vintage Beni Ourain rugs are mostly neutral in coloration and abstract in design. This is why they can be easily incorporated in today’s modern decors. Their versatile modernist look combined with their considerably low price points, makes them an easy choice for people from all walks of life.

The vintage Beni Ourain rugs were not mass produced. No two rugs are alike and all were made to withstand the test of time. There are many websites and dealers who sell these types of Berber carpets. Some of the carpets are old,some new and some in the middle but these factors are important as far as value is concerned.

Many Beni Ourain carpets are from the mid-twentieth century and they are becoming increasingly difficult to find. Many of the new “Beni Ourain Rugs” are not made in Morocco but dealers still refer to them as such because the designs were created to mimic them.

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Berber Woman

It does not take an expert to be able to differentiate between the real McCoy and the more commercial or even new counterparts. The older ones have a softer, more supple texture and are far more interesting in design.

In addition, the “real” carpets were never produced wider than about 7′ so if you come across a Beni Ourain rug that is 12 feet by 18 feet (for example) then the overwhelming chances are that you are looking at a newly produced carpet that was not even woven in Morocco.

Morocco’s magnificent vintage Beni Ourain carpets have a common modernist thread that links them to world renowned mid century modern designers such as Alvar Aalto, Le Corbusier, Charles and Ray Eames, Frank Lloyd Wright, Marcel Breuer and Arne Jacobsen.

Shag carpets were the ultimate interior accessory during the mid-20th century. That said, the sophisticated nature of the Moroccan Beni Ourain rugs make them even more luxurious and tasteful. Due to their widespread use by the greatest designers of the 20th century, Morocco’s Beni Ourain carpets have become definitive representations of an era when the classically modern style was born.

These exceptional carpets have rich textures, chic colors and cryptic surface decorations. This combination of traits makes vintage Beni Ourain Moroccan carpets the ultimate accessory for highlighting the sleek lines of minimalist decor and proving that less really is more. It is one of those wonderful and happy accidents of history that the aesthetic values of a group, of semi-nomadic tribal people, in Morocco, would be so admired by mid-twentieth century interior designers in North America and Europe.

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Weaving in Morocco

Indeed, the wonderful series of coincidences that made for such a fascinating development — the fact that the Beni Ourain were shepherds and goatherds with access to fine wool, their location in the Atlas mountains, their traditional way of life, and the rapid changes in design that occurred in the post-war period in the Western World — is really one of those things that is stranger than fiction, but very true.

Moroccan rugs in general are beautiful works of folk art. Made by untrained individuals, in secluded locations, these rugs offer us a glimpse into the psyche of the artisan who created them. There is no doubt that they were far more advanced than most people think and it is this anomaly that fascinates art historians and consumers alike.

In the end, the demand for quality Moroccan rugs is higher than it has ever been. Because of the myriad of interesting cultural factors that have given them their unique and fantastic style, Moroccan carpets are admired and sought after all over the world, both by experts and by laypeople intrigued by their timeless and distinctive beauty.

Berber and Beni Ourain Moroccan Rugs:

Morocco has a long history of weaving some of the most beautiful rugs in the world. The ancient weaving started before the 7th Century with the Berber tribe, people of North Africa who settled in Morocco during this period.

For thousands of years, the women of the tribe have woven exquisite hand knotted wool rugs inspired by tribal ceremony and symbolism. The Berber tribe still exists today, living in the Atlas mountain regions of Morocco, where the ancient weaving techniques are preserved and passed down from mother to daughter.

The Berber tribe is still responsible for producing the majority of handmade Moroccan rugs in our marketplace. Moroccan rugs are unique in their designs, patterns and colors since each rug is woven without any diagram or pattern to follow. The weaver interprets important designs and patterns that are relevant to daily tribal life and reproduces these motifs in the rug.

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Beni Ourain Moroccan Rug

Rugs often tell a story of tribal ancestors or the weaver’s life combined with tribal superstitions that are a strong part of these remote rural regions. Characterized by geometric patterns that are often asymmetrical and rich vibrant colors reminiscent of church stained glass windows, Moroccan rugs work well to accent contemporary interiors and architecture.

Bold colors like reds, oranges, yellows, blues, greens and purples are mixed with naturals, browns and blacks representing colors found in nature, plants and wildlife indigenous to the region of the tribe. The dyes that produce these vivid colors are made from plants and berries like henna, madder root, pomegranate, figs and tea leaves found abundantly in the mountains.

The natural and black wool used comes directly from sheep and goats in the area, like the black-haired goats that roam and climb the Atlas mountain areas. Each weaver determines the design, pattern and color as the rug progresses, so no two rugs are ever alike and each rug can take years to weave.

A Moroccan rug is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece, a work of art, that will provide beauty for a lifetime. With proper care, colors will not fade and wool will not wear out, leaving a rug that can be passed down for generations.

More About The Moroccan Beni Ourain Rugs

Beni Ourain Rugs – The Beni Ourain is a group of Moroccan people that is actually comprised of seventeen different Berber tribes, all of whom hail from that country’s Atlas mountain range.

A semi-nomadic people, the Beni Ourain are primarily shepherds and goatherds who have historically raised their livestock high in the mountains, moving with their herds from one graze land to the next.

It is in large part due to the extraordinarily fine wool produced by this livestock that Beni Ourain have historically produced such fine rugs and carpets. Because of the diversity of the seventeen different tribes that make up the Beni Ourain, there is a fascinating and subtle difference in the patterns and design elements present in the rugs and carpets that they produced. While some Beni Ourain tribes have preferred colors – always utilizing natural dyes – other tribes have preferred monochromatic design elements.

Moroccan Beni Ourain Carpet Nazmiyal

Moroccan Beni Ourain Carpet

Those rugs and carpets that are most broadly representative of the aesthetic of the Beni Ourain, however, are those that boast geometric designs: lines of black or brown that come together to form grid and diamond patterns.

It is a combination of these seemingly disparate factors – the fine wool harvested by the Beni Ourain and their penchant for abstract, geometric art – that make Beni Ourain rugs among the most desirable in today’s rug market.

Thick, shaggy rugs with tantalizingly abstract designs were championed by the leading designers of the mid-twentieth century, including Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier, bringing the ancient Beni Ourain rugs into the forefront of the design world of today.

It is a fascinating set of historical and cultural developments that have made Moroccan rugs as popular as they are today. The Beni Ourain – with a penchant for abstract symbolism and geometry as well as a steady supply of fine grade wool – happened to be weaving rugs and carpets that would be perfectly suited to the design aesthetics of the Western World in the decades following the end of the Second World War.

Moroccan rugs by the Beni Ourain remain among the most desirable pieces today, and are sought after the world over, both by experts in antique Oriental rugs and everyday people who appreciate the lasting artistic value of such rugs.

While the rug price for Beni Ourain Moroccan rugs is still considerably low, this is a great time to buy these phenomenal works of art! Since the shipping to you is on us, why not try one of these pieces in home.

Here are some of our favorite Beni Ourain rugs from our collection:

Vintage Moroccan Rug | Nazmiyal

Vintage Moroccan Rug

Beni Ourain Vintage Moroccan Rug | Nazmiyal

Beni Ourain Vintage Moroccan Rug

Mid Century Modern Vintage Moroccan Rug | Nazmiyal

Mid Century Modern Vintage Moroccan Rug

Vintage Moroccan Rug | Nazmiyal

Vintage Moroccan Rug

Vintage Moroccan Rug | Nazmiyal

Vintage Moroccan Rug

Vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain Berber Rug | Nazmiyal

Vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain Berber Rug

Ivory and Black Vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain Shag Rug | Nazmiyal

Ivory and Black Vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain Shag Rug

This rug blog about Beni Ourain rugs was published by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs in NYC.

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