What are Persian rugs?
Persian RugsThe making of Persian rugs dates back thousands of years to the Bronze Age they were made to decorate the homes and palaces of the rich. Researchers have found that the designs and patterns for Persian rugs came from the Safavid Dynasty during the 16th century; there were many designs from scrolling vines to geometrical designs. Those made during the 16th and 17th centuries are amongst the most decorative and a few pieces of worn Persian rugs can be found in the carpet museum of Tehran. The Persian rug of today has changed but the *flavour* of the classical style can still be found blended with a modern touch, you’ll find a machine range of Persian rugs available to buy online from Scattermats. Some other interesting facts about a Persian rug includes –
- Cottons and wool's are the most commonly used materials for making Persian rugs; this gives them that textured look you don’t see in other styles of rug.
- During the 16th and 17th centuries Persian rugs were also famous for the use of silk, but it was a material less durable than cotton or wool.
- Even though we live in a mechanised world with so many rugs made by machines, the traditionally hand woven Persian rug is famous the world over. Hand woven Persian rugs are more expensive than machine woven rugs.
- In general Persian rugs that are made by hand are more durable and hardier than the machine made rug.
- The art of the Persian rug is based on the culture of Shia Islam and brings together classical style and beauty to create a work of art.
- The traditionally made Persian rug is tied with a single loop – called a Persian knot.