Persian area rugs are one type of Oriental rug. They come from the area of Iran, earlier known as Persia. Hence, it is known as Persian area rugs. Iran has been making rugs for thousands of years. Carpet weaving is an important part of Persian art and culture. Rugs woven in regional centers like Kerman, Tabriz, Mashhad, Qom, Nain and Isfahan are characterized by their special weaving techniques and they make use of high quality materials, patterns and colors.
So, in this article you will get to know the inside information, to guide you in the field of Persian area rugs.
Are the Persian area rugs handmade?
If you are in a search of valuable Persian area rug, first of all, make sure it must be handmade. Since, machine made rugs have the absence of originality, charm, durability and investment. Machine-made rugs are not a real oriental rug.
How to differentiate between handmade and machine-made before buying?
Turn the rug upside down and look at its back if you can’t see the design pattern as clearly as on the face then the rug is not handmade. After that you should make it bend back on itself in order to uncover the roots of the pile, at the base of the threads if you can see rows of knots then rug is handmade. This test will also help you in indicating the quality, the more distinct the design is, better is the quality.
How Persian Rugs Are Made?
All Persian area rugs weavers simply use identical methods and material, they all require long time to work. There are simply say two kinds of knots.
Persian area rugs are made by Persian knot which is a single knot. It is made by passing the woolen rivulet or threads under one move and then over and around the next.
Most of the Persian area rugs are generally made from materials like cotton, wool, silk, animal hair and jute. Wool fabricated into cotton is mostly used in the rug, especially you can find easily in stores.
In 2002, Iran exported around $517 million worth of handmade rugs. In 2005, Iran’s rug export amounted to US $635 million. In 2007, “National Iranian Carpet Center” announced that handmade rugs have ranked 1st in country’s non-oil exports and holds the 3rd position among all over exports.