Persian Rugs

 

Persian Rugs


 
Persian rugs are synonymous with oriental rugs in a general sense only. The variety of choices and regions where they originate, from the sophisticated larger versions made by master weavers to the smaller but no less charming nomadic pieces, is extraordinary. Natural vegetable dyes are used to create the vibrant colors found in these. The colorings are invariably rich and deep, usually with a field of crimson,  featuring a symbolic, figurative or impressionistic motif. Usually the designs  represent a natural floral scene skillfully arranged with flowing vines, flower medallions, and with clever palmettes used to coordinate both the design and colors of the main pattern.

Persian rugs can vary in design and color depending on what city or region they come from. Saruks, Hamodans, Kashans, and Kirmans, are all named for the towns they come from. Other well known cities include Qum, Isfahan, and Tabriz just to name a few. The religious and cultural influences of the weavers are evident in their artistic expressions as they create these masterpieces. The most common yarn type is wool, but rarer, more valuable fine silk carpets are now much sought after. In fact, there is an ancient proverb that states: "The richer the man the thinner the carpet", and this standard still applies today.

Persian rugs like most collectables, look better as they age. In fact, they are deemed to not be at their best until they are at least 30 to 40 years old. Ones that are considered 'antique' make great investments for their value consistently increases over time. It is not unusual to see these displayed as wall hangings or placed in rooms seldom used. This has nothing to do with their durability for they are extremely so. They simply want to dignify these works of art and display them as a museum piece.

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