One of the best ways to introduce you
into the realm of Persian rugs is
putting you in touch with the definition of a rug and to approach little by little its most
important characteristics. Rug lovers perfectly know what a rug is,
but most people don’t. Using simple words we can describe a rug as
a piece of cloth or wool which is placed on floors or walls for
decorating purposes but here is much more to say about
Oriental rug is the generic label given to rugs,
either knotted or woven, made in small workshops, in large
factories or by nomads. Inside this wide category there are
subcategories according to its origin. Persian
rugs is one of them, together with Anatolian rugs, Tibetan rugs,
Chinese rugs, and many others from a vast region which includes
countries from the Far and Middle East such as China, Turkey and
India just to name some.
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evolution and technology have influenced almost every
single process in our lives. The techniques to make a
Persian rug are not an exception and they have
also become mechanized.
However, the tradition of hand woven rugs has survived through the
centuries making it possible to find hand made rugs all over the
world. Not surprisingly, the cost of the hand made ones is higher
than the mass-produced ones. The fact that both, hand made and
machine made are considered Persian rugs is still a subject for
discussion. It’s widely believed that the genuine Persian rug is
the hand woven one.
are made through a procedure called weaving, which can last for
months and even years if they are handmade products. The basic
method used to create hand-knotted rugs is almost the same as it
was thousands of years ago. This kind of rug possess a foundation
made of pair sets of yarns (a long continuous fiber made of cotton,
wool, silk or goat’s or camel’s hair), they are called warp and
weft of the loom. To put some light over this,
the loom is the device used for weaving and the warp is the series
of threads fastened to the loom.
Hand made Persian rugs are considered knotted pile
rugs. To make the pile, knots are tied around pairs of adjacent
warps. Between each row of knots, one or more shots of weft are
passed through the warp so as to secure the knotted row. The knot
used for oriental rugs is the asymmetrical knot also called Persian
or Senneh knot. This kind of knot has many
particularities: firstly, it is fabulous if a delicate and detailed
design is required since knots can be packed close together;
secondly, they look like incomplete knots since it wraps around two
warps but just one warp is completely encircled; and finally, they
can be wrapped in both directions, that is to say they may be
either open to the right or open to the
It is worth mentioning that Persian rugs are
one of the most significant manifestations of the Persian art, life
and culture which have lasted for more than 5000 years, surviving
through time, wars and empires.
All the characteristics we
mentioned, together with its well known beauty and elegance turn
the Persian rug into a unique and