A Persian carpet is symbolic of magnificent artistry and skill, nurtured for more than 2500 years. Iran- the home to the initial oriental carpet is the genesis of most motifs, patterns and traditional colorations produced in rugs throughout the world today. From being an intrinsic part of Iranian culture and its people’s daily lives the Persian carpet has risen to become a treasured heirloom, known for its unique designs, skilled weave and cultural significance.
While tracing the history of the Persian carpet, we’re following the cultural development of the Iranian Empire. We see how Iran attained artistic excellence under the Safavid Dynasty (1502-1736), court weaving, together with the arts of calligraphy, miniature painting, and tile work, flourished like never before. The carpet progressed from being used to fulfil a simple need to becoming a sign of wealth, adornment and beauty, which is what it is today as well.
Persian carpet exports began in the 16th century. Starting in the 1850s, American, English and German firms established new factories in Mashed, Tabriz, Kerman, and Sultanabad (now Arak), thereby ensuring the art form’s continued development. Under Reza Shah Pahlavi, royal factories were established to utilize the finest materials and methods of manufacture. Current production levels are surpassing those since before the Islamic revolution of 1979. Production is spreading to smaller towns and villages, creating cottage industries in areas where weaving was never practiced before. Rugs are generally named after the village, town or district where they are woven or collected, or by the weaving tribe in the case of nomadic pieces. The novelty of a Persian rug is rooted in the specific weaving techniques exclusive to a certain area.
For centuries the Persian carpet has been considered the epitome of art, and splendour. Today, to own one is a matter of great pride and personal treasure. It has been called the zenith of Persian culture and craftsmanship, and we most definitely agree. Nothing could add more magnificence to a home than an intricately designed cultural gem.
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While historians are still uncertain about the actual origin of carpets, they can say with certainty that that people used hand knotted rugs to cover the floors and protect themselves from the elements, as far back as 7000 BC (the Neolithic age). It’s rather mind numbing when you realize how 9000 years later, we’re still using carpets to bring a feeling of warmth into our homes. Spectacular isn’t it? A carpet is ingrained with so much culture and tradition, things that usually get ignored while you’re out picking one. It’s about time we take a minute to recognize their beauty, richness, and the uncertain story that lies behind each knot.
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‘’Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination. It is an expressive, creative and embracing purple—one that draws you in with its beguiling charm. A captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid emanates great joy, love and health.’’ - www.pantone.com
That’s right, the colour of the year was declared a little over a month ago, and while a lot of you might be wondering how this is even remotely concerned with picking out a carpet for your living room, let’s talk about how the trending colour of the year is vital to interiors. Last year was the year for growth and prosperity with emerald green becoming the most covetable colour of the year. While emerald is a perfectly lovely hue, it lacks the multi-faceted personality held by this particular shade of lilac. Radiant Orchid has the power to spark the imagination, intrigue and invite all in one. It is also known to extend the feeling of joy and well being. As pantone.com says- “An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”
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Most important thing to know about a rug is how it is made and what material is used.
Rugberry wants to shed some light on how the different types of rugs are produced with pros and cons regarding the respective constructions. Choosing a right rug for decoration as per your interior and taste will be simpler once you are aware of the different techniques.
We hope this will give you more insight when it comes to choosing a rug that is right for you.
Hand Knotted Rugs:
Hand-knotted rugs are truly a piece of art that requires highly skilled weavers, patience to weave and incredible creativity. A Hand knotted rug is extremely durable and lasts for 300-400 years. It is the oldest technique in rug making and rug making is the second oldest profession in the world, that makes it quite intriguing. Hand knotted rugs have been used in king’s palaces and forts and were considered to be art and status symbols.
They take the longest time to produce, for perspective, a high quality intricate hand knotted rug would take a weaver 7-8 months to complete. In a recent auction on 5th June 2013, a 17th century Persian carpet was auctioned in New York and was sold for $33.8 Million!!
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