The History of Authentic Persian Rugs

The tradition of carpet weaving has existed in Iran for more than 2,500 years. In the past, these rugs or carpets were usually woven by tribal women and used by nomadic people to cover floors and protect them in harsh environments.

These Persian rugs were made from colorful threads that were woven together to create elaborate patterns. Because of this, it became a way to express the artistic nature of the people and their culture. Every carpet is different from the others and their designs signify the origin of where they were made.


persian rugs
Hand-made Persian rugs from Iran are the finest in material and workmanship


As time passed, Persian rugs gained attention from traders and royalty who used to search for new things to decorate their homes or keep as status symbols.

When international trade developed, the craft and skill pattern of carpet making also evolved. To this day, many people desire a Persian rug for their home. A Persian Rug may be the perfect decorative piece, but it is also a profitable investment.



Persian carpets are generally bright in color and weaved in eye catching designs. Their texture can be rough or perfectly smooth depending on the materials used, but all genuine Persian carpets will blend perfectly with the decor of your room without drawing too much attention. A good Persian rug can transform the look of an entire living place and tranquilize the room in a way that other art cannot. You can also use these rugs to divide room space and create intimate quarters.

If you own a Persian rug, then don’t mistake it for just a piece of decor, as its value will grow over time. Try researching the price of old Persian carpets and you’ll discover how costly they can be. Today, real Persian rugs are still made in Iran using the same techniques that have been used for thousands of years.

Not all Persian carpets are hand crafted and you must look out for the hand tufted rugs. These rugs use Persian designs but are not hand-knotted, they use a gun like drill tool to insert the piles into a cloth backing. Some people only judge the rug by the design and believe they are buying a genuine Persian rug at a great price. Make sure you know the provenance of any rug you wish to purchase.

The real value of Persian rugs can be ascertained by checking the material used for its production. Be sure to check the number of knots placed per square inch, the fullness of colors and the attention to detail in the complex hand-woven design of the rug. It’s important that the carpet is made from natural materials to ensure durability.


Persian hand-made rugs for wall
Persian rugs are not only for the floors. There is a vast collection of beautiful hand-made rugs detailed as painting or story telling pieces made for the walls.


The best thing about using Persian rugs is they don’t cause any kind of allergies to skin, are easy to maintain on a day-to-day basis, and can be cleaned by using normal soap (for oil-based stains), or water for water-based stains. These rugs don’t fade easily and can last for decades if taken proper care of. These days you can easily find old hand-made Persian rugs, which still look new, but they are quite costly.

Today, carpet weaving has gone above the border of Iran. But only an original handmade Persian rug is renowned for its vibrant colors, eye-catching artistic patterns and world-class weaving quality. An exclusive group of people adorn their mansions and buildings with expensive Persian rugs. They are even kept in museums in some countries.

Genuine Persian rugs are made in Iran using vegetable dyes, therefore they are non-allergic, chemical free and eco-friendly.


Writer’s Bio

This foray into the wonderful world of authentic Persian rug history was kindly provided by Perth’s very own interior decorating guru. Connect with Emily Ford on Google + and please comment or share!

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