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A Comprehensive Guide to Antique Persian Rugs

Persian Rugs Guide and Articles – Antique Persian rugs represent a unique and singular development in the world of art and antique rugs. A centuries old tradition, rug making is an important aspect of Persian culture and history.

Some of the most remarkable antique Oriental rugs ever woven were designed and produced in Persia (modern day Iran), from the elaborate and stately carpets of Sultanabad, to the geometric and abstract tribal carpets of Heriz. Below, find a comprehensive selection of educational articles about antique Persian rugs, provided for your education.

1. Kerman Rugs in Interior Settings

Kerman Rugs Interiors

Decorating an interior with an antique Kerman rug from Persia presents a designer with a great host of options. Antique Kerman rugs have been prized and widely sought after since as early as the seventeenth century, and Kerman rugs are widely considered to be among the finest, most masterfully-crafted of all antique rugs. [Read More: Kerman Rugs in Interior Settings]

2. Persian Rugs and Carpet Guide

Persian Rugs and Carpet Guide

In this section we will cover pretty much every question we have ever gotten about Persian rugs. We will be covering different aspects such as their history, how they were constructed, the different materials that were used, what makes them Persian and so forth. [Read More: Persian Rugs and Carpet Guide]

3. Safavid Rugs – Early Antique Persian Rugs

Safavid Rugs

The Safavid Dynasty produced an abundance of local arts during the 16th century. Classic Persian carpet weaving flourished in this period (from 1499 to 1722). Shah Tahmasp (1524-76) promoted the arts and was a painter, as well as a carpet designer. [Read More: Safavid Rugs – Early Antique Persian Rugs]

4. Antique Khorassan Rugs from Persia in Interior Decorating

Decorating with Khorassan Rugs

The most comprehensive exhibition of Scandinavian carpets and textiles ever assembled is now online. This collection highlights more than 60 of the most important and impressive works by some of the greatest and most celebrated Scandinavian textile designers. [Read More: Antique Khorassan Rugs from Persia in Interior Decorating]

5. Antique Bakshaish Rugs from Persia in Decoration

Bakshaish Rugs in Interior Settings

When decorating with Bakshaish rugs, it is important first to note that those Bakshaish rugs that straddle the usual aesthetic divide between village or tribal designs and more classical designs are, conventionally, larger pieces. It is also important to note that there is in fact no one, consistent “Bakshaish pattern.” [Read More: Antique Bakshaish Rugs from Persia in Decoration]

6. Compare Antique Kerman Rugs to Antique Kashan Rugs from Persia

Compare Kerman Rugs to Kashan Rugs

Beginning with the Safavid conquest of Persia in 1499 and lasting 175 years these royal rulers established several factories to manufacture  rugs in the major cities of Kashan and Kerman. To the untrained eye many of these rugs from these regions are difficult to distinguish from one another. [Read More: Compare Antique Kerman Rugs to Antique Kashan Rugs from Persia]

7. Antique Kashan Rugs and Carpets from Persia – Guide and History

Antique Kashan Rugs from Persia

Kashan, located in the province of Isfahan, Iran, is an oasis village on the western edge of the Great Salt Desert (called in Farsi “Dasht-e Kavir”). It lies approximately 3000 feet above sea level in the eastern Zagros Mountains north of Kerman. [Read More: Antique Kashan Rugs and Carpets from Persia – Guide and History]

8. Antique Persian Heriz Serapi Rugs

Collection of Heriz Serapi Rugs

The tradition of Persian rug weaving dates back more than 1,000 years. According to written records, the King of Persia commissioned an unprecedented carpet decorated with crystals, gemstones, and precious metals in the 6th Century. However, the tradition of Heriz and Serapi carpets is relatively recent. [Read More: Antique Persian Heriz Serapi Rugs]

9. Antique Tabriz Rugs and Carpets from Persia

Antique Tabriz Carpets

Antique Tabriz rugs are considered to be among the most lovely and desirable of all antique Persian carpets. The city of Tabriz has been a known carpet production center since the Safavid period (1501 to 1722 AD) and historical accounts indicate carpets were produced there as early as the Sassanid era (224 to 651 AD). [Read More: Antique Tabriz Rugs and Carpets from Persia]

10. Embargo on Persian Rugs

Antique Tabriz Carpets

Persian carpets are caught in the middle of an ongoing international struggle with tensions growing between U.S. allies, Iran, and trading partners that include China and Russia, but very few antique Persian carpets are actually imported from Iran. The majority of these pieces have been in the hands of western collectors and dealers for the past century. [Read More: Embargo on Persian Rugs]

11. Learn About Antique Baluch Rugs and Carpets

Antique Baluch Persian Carpets

Baluch enthusiasts also appreciate that the fragility of their weave is no cause for contempt, but that it reflects the nomadic background of the Baluch rugs, which were made for use over felt mats on soft earth in or near tents. There they were walked on with sheepskin boots or slippers, not with hard leather shoe soles over wood or stone floors as they came to be used in the West. [Read More: Learn About Antique Baluch Rugs and Carpets]

12. Safavid Period Rugs – Early 17th Century Carpets

History of Antique Safavid Rugs

There are only 2500 to 3000 carpets and fragments that have survived from the Golden Age of the Safavid dynasty. The most famous is the Aradil Mosque carpet dated 1539, which is on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. [Read More: Safavid Period Rugs – Early 17th Century Carpets]

13. Antique Persian Sarouk Rugs and Carpets

Guide to Antique Sarouk Rugs

Sarouk carpets are named after a village in Persia which is located about twenty miles north of the city / region known as Arak (formerly Sultanabad). From around the late 19th to about the early 20th century, Sarouk wove some of the more recognizable and sought after antique Persian rugs. [Read More: Antique Persian Sarouk Rugs and Carpets]

14. History of Antique Persian Isfahan Rugs and Carpets

History of Isfahan Rugs

Isfahan is one of the great weaving centers in Iran. Historically, the city is often described as the most elegant and beautiful cultural capital in Iran. It is also often compared to St. Petersburg in Russia. During the 17th Century, this capital was recognized as the pinnacle of Persian art. [Read More: History of Antique Persian Isfahan Rugs and Carpets]

15. Antique Kurdish Rugs and Carpets

Collection of Antique Kurdish Rugs

Until  recently Kurdish rugs were an unrecognized genre of village weaving. For the most part they were mistaken for the rugs of other, neighboring peoples, about whom more was known. Today, Kurdish rug production is better understood, and it has become increasingly possible to separate Kurdish weaving from the Yuruk, Caucasian, and Persian productions of which they formed a part. [Read More: Antique Kurdish Rugs and Carpets]

16. Antique Iranian Rugs and Carpet Collection

Iranian Rugs and Carpets

The term “Iranian Rug” means more than just the origin of where a rug was woven. Many Iranian carpets are considered to be the “gold standard” of rug weaving. Iran is known for producing some of the finest and best quality rugs available anywhere.   [Read More: Antique Iranian Rugs and Carpet Collection]

17. What is the Difference Between Heriz Rugs and Serapi Carpets?

Differences Between Heriz and Serapi Rugs

What’s the Difference Between Heriz Rugs and Serapi Carpets? To answer that question in two words would be to say – “The Name.” Both Serapi and Heriz rugs come from the city of Heriz and surrounding areas. At some point in time, dealers began using the term “Serapi” to be able to distinguish between the older and more tribal  Heriz carpets from the “newer” more structured examples. [Read More: What is the Difference Between Heriz Rugs and Serapi Carpets?]

18. Antique Persian Sultanabad Rugs

Sultanabad Persian Rug Style

An antique rug really draws focus to a room and adds a sense of history to your living space. So, whether you’re decking out that old-world meets modern-day chic apartment or going for that full-blown antique roadshow look, an antique rug will send your apartment straight towards the fashion highway of home decor. [Read More: Antique Persian Sultanabad Rugs]

19. Antique Persian Sultanabad Carpet Exhibition

Antique Sultanabad Rug Exhibition

After years of searching, collecting, and refining a coveted selection of Sultanabads, Nazmiyal is proud to put these fine pieces on exhibition for the public. Enjoy our antique Sultanabad rug collection. The Antique Sultanabad Rugs Exhibition will display the unique beauty of these Persian rugs with their fantastic color schemes and brilliant all-over designs. [Read More: Antique Persian Sultanabad Carpet Exhibition]

20. Nazmiyal Acquires Sigmund Freud Sultanabad Rug

Nazmiyal Acquires Sigmund Freud Sultanabad Rug

Buying and selling of antique rugs has been a passion for Jason Nazmiyal, for the past quarter century. Nazmiyal has developed a reputation among many interior designers and rug dealers as a company that provides antique rugs of exceptional quality and rareness. [Read More: Nazmiyal Acquires Sigmund Freud Sultanabad Rug]

21. A History of Persian Abadeh Rugs and Carpets

A History of Abadeh Rugs

Abadeh is a town in southern Iran halfway between Isfahan and Shiraz where many Qashqai, Lori and Afshari tribes have settled. They are similar in look to Shiraz rugs but differ in their use of blue cotton weft. A diamond or clover leaf shaped medallion is sometimes displayed in the center field. [Read More: A History of Persian Abadeh Rugs and Carpets]

22. A Guide to Antique Mashad Rugs and Carpets from Persia

Overview of Mashad Rugs and Khorassan Carpets

The dyes in the Mashad rugs have typically been cochineal and sometimes this can look like a deep magenta. In some instances when the cochineal dye has been used liberally a purplish cast appears over the entire rug. These rugs are supremely decorative and highly desirable. [Read More: A Guide to Antique Mashad Rugs from Persia]

23. Kilims of the Caucasus and Persia

Kilims of the Caucasus and Persia

Nineteenth century kilims with allover shield medallion designs are not uncommon, though some examples are simpler than others. More graphic patterning identifies Northwest Persian kilims, which are more tribal. This identification is also supported by the reciprocal diamond border, which is distinctly Persian.  [Read More: Kilims of the Caucasus and Persia]

24. New Sultanabad

New Sultanabad

Below you will find some of the Nazmiyal’s Collection of Newly made New Sultanabad rugs and carpets. These pieces were made in the same styles and techniques as the antique rugs. [Read More: New Sultanabad]

25. Hunting Scene Rugs and Carpets

Hunting Scene Rugs and Carpets

The tradition of hunting is deeply immersed within Persian epic history. Years before the first hunting scene rug was ever woven, hunting stories were passed down orally for over 1300 years. [Read More: Hunting Scene Rugs and Carpets]

26. Long 17th Century Esfahan Rugs

17th Century Esfahan Rugs

Cloud-bands dominate the in and out palmette pattern of the classical long 17th Century Esfahan Persian rug in central Iran. The lac red field displays a wide variety of side viewed palmettes, rosettes, layers of arabesque, as well as complete and partial cloud-bands. This design repertoire appears on literally hundreds of these carpets but never the same twice except in rare, few carpet pairs. [Read More: Long 17th Century Esfahan Rugs]

27. Small 17th Century Esfahan Rug

Small 17th Century Esfahan Rug

Antique 17th Century Persian Esfahan Rug 8034 is the Smallest Esfahan Rug in Existence [Read More: Small 17th Century Esfahan Rug]

28. Rare Antique Persian 17th Century Khorassan Long Rug

17th Century Khorassan Rug

This is a particularly narrow, but well colored 17th century example, of a cohesive group of N.E. Persian classical carpets: the Cartouche and tree rug type… [Read More: 17th Century Khorassan]

29. Antique 17th Century Persian Silk Polonaise Rug

Antique 17th Century Persian Silk Polonaise Rug

“Rugs rich with silk and gold” were reworked upon by western 17th Century visitors to the Esfahan bazaar, and this piece is exactly what they marveled at… [Read More: Antique 17th Century Persian Silk Polonaise Rug]