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.