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Learn More About Persian Rugs and Carpets – The Complete History

Step into the enchanting world of Persian Doroksh rugs, where centuries of tradition and exquisite craftsmanship converge to create timeless works of art. In this post, we embark on a journey to unravel the allure and significance of these luxurious handwoven treasures from the Doroksh region of Iran. Join us as we explore the intricate patterns, rich colors, and cultural heritage woven into every thread, celebrating the enduring beauty and elegance of Persian Doroksh rugs.

What are Persian Doroksh Rugs?

Today the terms “Khorassan” and “Doroksh” are used interchangeably. But the Persian Doroksh rugs are an area rug style / type of handwoven rug originating from the Doroksh region of Iran. These rugs are renowned for their exquisite craftsmanship and intricate designs. Typically made with high-quality wool or silk, Doroksh rugs feature elaborate geometric or floral patterns, often with rich, vibrant colors.

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Antique Persian Doroksh Rug

One distinctive characteristic of Persian Doroksh rugs is their dense pile, which adds to their durability and luxurious feel underfoot. These rugs and carpets are highly prized for their beauty and craftsmanship, making them sought-after pieces for collectors and enthusiasts of Persian rugs.

Persian Doroksh rugs are known for their ability to complement a wide range of interior styles, from traditional to contemporary. They add warmth, elegance, and a touch of cultural heritage to any space they adorn.

The antique Persian Doroksh rugs – Revival of the Region’s Revered Carpet Making Tradition

The peace that got established in Iran in the 19th century set up a cultural revival that later encompassed all the area’s traditional art mediums. Renewed interest in the market, combined with increasing resources, allowed forms that ranged from portraiture to architecture to rug making to calligraphy to thrive in this time period. This period was truly a renaissance: after a few centuries of warmongering and whole populations migrating to other areas, artists began to rise to an exalted space in Iranian culture. They definitely created a new generation of art. They also drew inspiration from ancient models.

Then northeastern Persian rug weavers produced what is known as the Doroksh carpet. The carpet is named after the Doroksh hills in the Khorassan province. These antique rugs stood in for a revival of the area’s ancient rug making tradition. The antique Persian rug weavers drew on traditional  and classic rug design to create high-end, high quality 19th century versions of their 16th century models. The artisans always intended for the Doroksh rugs to get sold in some of the region’s great cultural capitals. These rugs were made from high-quality materials like wool (and cotton, at a later date) with traditional rug patterns that had intricate patterns.

Antique Persian Doroksh Carpets - Nazmiyal Rugs NYC

Antique Persian Doroksh Carpet

Doroksh rugs are most known for their close hand weaving. The weavers of Doroksh 19th century rugs used the asymmetric or Persian rug knot to get a high knot density. They then created the intricately detailed patterns for which these rugs have gained recognition. These patterns are usually made up of a medallion in the center, placed on a plain red or cream field, which is then surrounded by repeating borders. The borders came from the Khorasan tradition. For example, the arborescent and the paisley boteh (a motif in the shape of a droplet). While these area rugs closely adhere to tradition, antique Persian Khorasan rugs still are extremely diverse. Many antique carpets have whimsical animal designs accents like birds, for example.

The Doroksh rug brought in an era of textile making in a region well known for woven art. Khorasan, which roughly translates to “where the sun arrives”, was a cultural capital in the Persian Empire. The Persian Empire housed many early writers, poets, artists, craftsmen, and scientists. Rug making in this area stretches far back into the 8th century. Persian Doroksh rugs draw more inspiration from Khorosan’s later masterpieces of the Persian Empire – elegant, palatial oversized rugs that are among the most coveted in the world – as a model. Doroksh rugs can get traced all the way back to the 16th century. This was a period where rug-weaving went from a nomadic craft into a specialized artisan industry.

Then the Doroksh carpets sold extremely well in the marketplace. By the time the end of World War I came, northeastern Iran became known for making somewhat affordable, high-quality, hand made carpets. The artisans in this hilly region still make Doroksh rugs by hand. The repeating patterns and detailed motifs of the rugs have endeared them to interior designers all over the world. Experts even refer to the decorative rugs from this region as the “decorator’s carpet”. This is due to the fact that their rug sizes and subtle coloring make them great visual centerpieces in modern living spaces and home decors.

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