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The Origin of Persian Rugs

What is a Persian Rug?

The term "oriental rug" has become an accepted designation for all hand knotted or handwoven carpets from the Middle or Far East. Called oriental or Persian, these works include carpets from Iran (ancient Persia), China, India, Pakistan, Turkey, Afghanistan, Romania, and Russia. Although these are by no means the only rug producing countries, they are the major purveyors of the craft today. (In this text, the terms rugs and carpets are used interchangeably.)

It is quite conceivable that one may trace the roots of this time, honored craft to the beginning of man's civilization; however, it has never been established when or rug weaving first originated. Despite some startling recent discoveries, most experts refer to one carpet in particular as being the oldest in existence.

In 1949, while excavating a series of burial tombs in the Pazyryk Valley, located in Southern Siberia, Russian archaeologist S.I. Rudenko made an amazing discovery. Included within the many artifacts was found an incredibly well preserved wool rug. Dated by the process known as Car, bon 14, the rug was determined to have been constructed over 2,500 years ago! Although there are many opinions as to the origin of this remark, able find, most scholars agree that it is of Persian origin.

Regardless of where the art form was conceived, it is widely accepted that among the major role players in the development of the craft were the creative artisans of ancient Persia. It was especially during the 16th and 17th centuries, under the tutelage of Shah Abbas the Great, that the art of rug weaving reached its zenith. Many magnificent master, pieces were produced which set the standard of the craft for all rug producing regions. Many of these brilliant examples are currently in museums around the world (the Pazyryk find is in the Hermitage in Leningrad), and in the hands of collectors who were astute enough to recognize their worth long ago.

Design, Construction, and Materials

Design, Construction and Materials. The construction of a hand, knotted carpet, although relatively simple in concept, consists of many phases, the final one being the actual weaving of the work. Initially, the master artisan, with design traditions as a strong cultural heritage, conceives his patterns, colors and relationships almost in the final form. Interpretations of classic motifs are then balanced against personal innovations. In the case of" city" or "factory" rugs, designs will be put down on graph paper as a "cartoon" to guide the placing of each color thread by thread. Village or nomadic rugs however, are generally produced from memory, and opportunities for change and chance improvement often present themselves as the work progresses.

The design process will often dictate the material which is used: wool, cotton or silk; as these materials and the dyes which they will take often control the extent of design variation. The next step, and the first one where quality becomes a matter of technology rather than design, is in the processing of these materials. Experience in the selection of wool is essential. Quality will vary depending upon the season, geographic location and the age of the animal, as well as from which area of the coat the fleece was taken. Once the wool has been selected, the cleansing of the material takes place. This is very important since excessive oils (lanolin) will adversely affect the dying process. Similarly however, if too much lanolin is removed, the yarn becomes brittle and will not perform over time as these heirlooms should.

Persian Galleries

The endless quest for immortality guides the preservation of heritage and culture through great works of art. From simple beginnings to the most sophisticated blending of art and architecture throughout time, the experience of fine surroundings has been for people of all nations and all societies the most satisfying and personal of life’s rewards.

In the ongoing triumph of the arts, we at Persian Galleries feel especially privileged to be a part of such a tradition; purveying to a discerning clientele works of great beauty: the hand knotted carpets of the world.

With a parent company located inside Iran, and an established reputation in Europe, we came to the South to offer this important market the finest collection of the rarest and most exceptional pieces available. And of equal importance, to provide all services, including appraisal, design coherence, search and brokerage, cleaning and restoration that go with a comprehensive approach to marketing.

We feel equally indebted to the noble artisans whose craft we serve as to our clients, without whom we would have enjoyed no success or satisfaction in our efforts. Service to both is our best assurance of future achievements. We dedicated ourselves to that insight, vigor, and with a willingness to go always one step further in the pursuit of quality and client satisfaction.

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Call Persian Galleries today at (239) 263-3835 to hear about our vast selection of Persian rugs. No matter what you’re looking for, our inventory has elegant options for those in search of premier rugs. From modern to antique, we have you covered.