the ancient art of rug weaving

Often when one thinks of oriental rugs, antique handmade Persian rugs immediately come to mind. Although the term “oriental rugs" also includes carpets from regions further east from modern-day Iran (eg. Turkey, Afghanistan, India etc.), some argue that the ancient country of Iran may well be the birthplace of the knotted pile carpet. Persian rugs were typically crafted by nomadic tribes, members of one family or small workshops in royal court manufactories. It took multiple weavers working several years to complete each rug. The weaving and dying was done almost exclusively by women.

Due to their unparalleled style, antique Persian rugs are considered to be refined, elegant and artistic. They are imbued with meaning and tradition through the use of patterns and motifs handed down through generations. Each rug was intended to be a unique  one-of-a-kind masterpiece that would speak to the culture of its origin. With time and perseverance, Persian weavers elevated carpet weaving to an art form, and today Persian rugs are synonymous with art, superb craft attention and unparalleled mastery.

The quality and craftsmanship of these rugs are also self-evident. They maintain their beauty for hundreds of years owing to the fact that they were weaved of the highest-quality materials and were made to last. Signs of natural wear, abrasion and imperfections are only evidence that the rug has been around the block and proudly shows it. Every Persian carpet is inimitable, full of wonder, symbolism, and fine craftsmanship. Once you try one, you will never want to go back.

Disclaimer: any of the above information - in full or in parts - is not original, and is intended to be shared here for educational purposes only.

  • Persian Tabriz

    Named after the city of Tabriz, the central hub of rug export since the XIX century, Tabriz rugs can feature limitless designs. Two of the most common are delicate flowerheads and a very precise mahi pattern. Thanks to their elaborate patterns, jewel-like colors and a densely-knotted structure, they are our true personal favorite.

  • Persian Mahal

    Mahals are very highly sought after by interior designers and collectors alike thanks to their playful and whimsical patterns. Mahal rugs may feature an all-over highly decorative design or a central medallion with corner pieces, and have a somewhat drapery foundation. Being everyone's favorite, Mahals are common guests in our shoppe.

  • Persian Mustafi

    Mustafi design is one of the most elegant and most distinguished design patterns typically applied in Mahals. Angular scrolling florals, leafy vines and highly stylized floral bouquets are the hallmarks of this pattern and are nearly impossible to confuse with any other pattern. Every time we're lucky to source a rare Mustafi it's destined to get a lot of attention.

  • Persian Heriz

    Heriz rugs are some of the most majestic Persian rugs out there, thanks to their highly recognizable geometric designs and very bold, deep colors. Their signature design uses an oversized medallion with elaborate angular elements and gorgeous ornate borders.

  • Persian Malayer

    Malayer master weavers produced almost exclusively small size carpets and runners. An oversized Malayer is pretty rare. Having only a small "canvas" to work with, these weavers poured their soul into mesmerizing and intricate patterns that typically feature traditional all-over herati and medallion designs.

  • Turkish Oushak

    Originating in Western Turkey, Oushak rugs are known to be highly decorative and feature gorgeous vine scrolls and palmettes. They typically come in much more subdued, soft color palettes and often become a rug of choice for budget-conscious households, while delivering the same superb quality and artistry.

You can shop these and other types of rugs in our latest collection!