Persian rugs are certainly a statement piece in any space, be it homes, hotels or stylistic restaurants. They catch the eye and give a glimpse into Iranian history and craftsmanship. But what exactly makes them the rug that stands above the rest? Here are three reasons why the Persian rug still stands the test of time.
Persian rugs are renowned for their superiority when it comes to quality. With many of the rugs still made in the traditional way; hand-woven, they are a cut above the more modern Persian rugs, mass-produced rugs found in home stores. While you can still achieve quality and style with machine-made Persian rugs, you can look for the more traditional hand-woven rugs by checking the knots on the underside. Machine-made rugs will be more ‘perfect-looking’ and neat on the underside where the knots line the edging – almost immaculate. While this still makes for a gorgeously-finished rug, if you have a little wiggle room in your budget, the hand-woven rugs are the more traditional, and offer that extra piece of historical relevance.
One of the most appealing things about Persian rugs is the fact that the art of the hand-woven style is part of a rich, cultural history that has seen war, peace and uprising. Initially, Persian rugs would have been made for practical uses only, to cover cold, damp floors, particularly for the comfort of tribesmen. The craft of Iranian carpet and rug-weaving can be traced back over two and a half thousand years. The art of rug-making is steeped in Iranian history, with the skills to weave in this style being passed down through multiple generations. Styles will have shifted and changed over time as trade developed and grew, and travel across different areas of the country afforded a stylistic evolution.
Speaking of style, this is certainly the most obvious appeal of the Persian rug. While you can attain more modern patterns for a more modern-styled space, the original, historical styles still remain and offer a unique and stunning centrepiece in any room. The more traditional styles are inspired less by the plainer, more practical rugs form where the craft originated, and more by the art that followed, and the representations of colour and environment. Their designs are timeless, and absolutely beautiful. …Read more