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The Mysteries of Persian Rugs

Imagine that it is first century B.C. in Persia and an old frail weaver sits and spins his magic, producing a silk Persian rug that will be used in his family’s home in order to keep at bay the dust and the harsh winter cold.  In his design, he tells the story of the family’s past and future; secrets that no one knows and only his family can read by looking closely at the special design in the Persian rug.

Such is the past of Persian rugs, and perhaps that is why so many people desire to use them in their homes today. Persian rugs are generally made of rich, warm colors, such as deep reds, greens and blues. A quality Persian carpet is made from silk, wool or cotton, with cotton or silk backings.

Long ago, Iran was the main producer of Persian rugs, but was banned from exporting their rugs to the United States until the year 2000. In that time, India emerged as the premier Persian rug maker, delighting people with the warm colors and eye-catching designs.

Although the patterns usually don’t have secret meanings anymore, they are beautiful in design. Some have geometrical shapes, while others showcase borders of flowers or fruit. The colors have, for the most part, stayed the same, although now it is possible to find pastels and other variations.

So, where can you use a Persian rug?

The carpets can go in just any room in your home. They look great in a living room, a dining room, or even a bedroom. The key is to use the rich colors to pull in the rest of the room’s design, and allow the magic of the rug to do the rest. A Persian rug can add an air of mystery to any room, and give it a feeling of warmth and stateliness. And if your home features hardware floors or carpet, a Persian rug will add a great dimension to your look.

What to Look for When Buying a Persian Rug or Carpet

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Persian rugs have long been known for their quality and style. Produced by hand, these oriental rugs have a beauty that can’t be beat. Completely unique, Persian rugs are a quality investment that will last for years.

Authentic Persian rugs are produced in Iran, (formerly known as Persia). Copies of these rugs are produced in other countries such as China and areas in the Middle East. Some consider the quality of these to be just as good.

Persian rugs have been produced for thousands of years but the industry really came into it’s own in the 16th century. The design or style of a particular oriental rug is unique to each region in Iran and has been passed on through the centuries.

When looking for a Persian carpet, the best quality are those with a greater number of knots per square inch. The more knots per square inch, the longer it has taken to create the rug. This of course is reflected in the price.

Other factors to consider when shopping for Persian carpets are the quality of the wool or silk used to weave the rug, the symmetry of the design and the complexity of the design.

Persian rugs are surprisingly affordable considering the amount of work and effort that has gone into making them. Purchasing a quality Persian rug will not only be a good investment but will also add greatly to the beauty of your home.

A Guide To Chinese Oriental Area Rugs

Chinese area rugs are distinctive and unique among most other Oriental rugs for a number of reasons. Their style, color, motifs and patterns all stand outside the norm for area rugs created in other Eastern and Near Eastern countries. Below is a guide to colors, shapes, motifs and patterns common in Chinese area rugs to help you in your choices.

Shape in Chinese Area Rugs

Of all the Orientals, Chinese area rugs are the most likely to be round in shape. That is not to say that round is the predominant shape for Chinese area rugs – rather, that a round area rug is more likely to be of Chinese design than from any other region. Often, a round Chinese area rug will center its design around a central medallion that incorporates a symbol of some sort.

Colors in Chinese Area Rugs

Common background colors for Chinese area rugs are white, beige, yellow, ivory, pink, apricot and peach. Yellow is one of the most common, as it denotes royalty and symbolizes power. Blue, white and pink are common colors for the working of motifs in Chinese area rugs. Overall, Chinese area rugs tend to be done in lighter, clearer colors than most Orientals, which tend to favor rich, dark colors. This is as much because of the Chinese penchant for symbolism over decoration – most Chinese area rugs are designed with symbolic meanings rather than as simple decorative accents for a room.

Motifs in Chinese Area Rugs

Unlike many other styles of Oriental rugs, Chinese area rugs are seldom designed to blend and combine separate motifs into a united overall design. More often, each motif is meant to stand on its own, and has a definite symbolic meaning. A Chinese merchant, for instance, might commission an area rug for his home that uses the symbols for prosperity and good luck, or one for his son’s marriage that was woven with a pattern of butterflies for a happy marriage and peonies for love, incorporating his wishes for his son’s life into the wedding rug.

Patterns in Chinese Area Rugs

As with motifs, repeating patterns found in Chinese area rugs are often symbolic. Some of the common motifs used in repeating patterns in borders and overall designs include butterflies, birds and bats – all symbols of good luck and happiness – or squares, lozenges and other lattice work designs. A common lattice design is interlocking Chinese frets which resemble swastikas. A border of Chinese frets on Chinese area rugs symbolizes 10,000 happiness – an infinite number in Chinese symbology.

Oriental and Tibetan Rugs

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Enhance your decor with a beautifully designed elegant Oriental, Persian or Tibetan rug. The quality and style of these hand made area rugs makes them a truly beautiful addition to any home.

Tibetan rugs are hand woven from wool and silk into a variety of patterns including geometric and abstract designs as well as the more traditional religious symbols of Buddhism. Some of the more popular designs for Tibetan rugs are flowers, trees, tigers and of course mythological dragons which are very popular as they symbolize power and strength.

The soft colors of the Tibetan area rug can be used to create a stunning effect in a modern home that has been decorated with modern styled glass and chrome furniture, although a Tibetan rug is equally effective when placed on wooden polished floors where more traditional furniture has been used.

Oriental rugs from Asia are available in modern or traditional designs and look spectacular on a polished hardwood floor or tiles. You can purchase beautiful oriental rugs that have been hand knotted in high quality silk or New Zealand wool.

Oriental rugs are generally dyed using ancient time tested vegetable dyeing process. Antique oriental rugs are expensive but with the proper care, they will retain their color and last for many years. Hand made classic rugs from Persia add elegance and charm to the home and the beautiful designs will enhance the look of any room.

Contemporary Persian rugs are made from natural or synthetic fibers, and although wool, cotton and silk are more durable than imitation synthetic materials they tend to also be more expensive. However, a Persian rug in either synthetic or natural fibers will look beautiful as part of your home decor.When shopping for a rug for your home, some of the things you may like to consider are:

  • the materials used,
  • knots per square inch (kpsi),
  • price,
  • and of course the color and design will play a big part in your decision.

How To Choose An Area Rug

An area rug is one way to brighten up a room. But with so many options available how do you go about choosing the right rug for you?

An area rug can be a great investment that will last for years so it is important to choose wisely.


The first thing to consider is in which room you will be placing your new rug. If you are updating the lounge or dining area the you will require a large rug. If it is a kitchen or bathroom a much smaller area rug such as a braided rug or sisal rug will be better suited.


The size of the rug will of course be determined by the size of the room and where the rug will be placed within the room. If you decide to cover the majority of a wood floor then generally you should leave about 8 inches of wood showing around the rug.

Color and Design

The color and design is a personal preference, but consider the following:

  • At least one or two of the colors in the area rug should match the colors of your walls or furnishings.
  • Choose a design that matches the decor of your room – an oriental or Persian rug will definitely suit a room with antiques while a braided rug with bold colors will suit a more contemporary home.


The texture of the area rug is another personal preference. Braided rugs look stunning in a room with a country feel; sisal and contemporary rugs suit bright modern rooms and hand-woven oriental rugs suit almost any room.

And always consider the purchase of a non-slip pad to place under your area rug. These are available in a number of materials for use on different types of flooring. A non-slip pad is not only functional for keeping the rug in place it will also keep it wrinkle free.

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