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History of Persian Rugs

History of Persian Rugs

Persian rugs have been made for a variety of utilitarian and symbolic purposes for many years. Carpet weaving has long been a very important part of the Persian culture and art. Persian rugs are known for their specific weaving techniques, high-quality materials, colors, and patterns.

Since the beginning of Persian rugs, there has been a standard design used most always. This arrangement consists of a field with repeating patterns, framed by the main border with an elaborate design, and several secondary borders. As far back as 400 BC, Persian rugs were regarded as precious, and worthy to be used as diplomatic gifts. These hand-woven rugs were regarded as objects of high artistic and utilitarian value and prestige way back then and still are today.

Throughout the years, new ideas have been integrated into the old traditions. By the fifteenth century, the weaving systems became more elaborate. Designs of the Persian rugs changed considerably. These new designs included large medallions, spirals, floral ornaments, and animals, which were mirrored along the sides of the rugs. This depicted rhythm and harmony.

The simple, abstract designs coarsely woven have appealed greatly to modern Western customers. Now, there are a mix of modern designs and the more original designs. Carpet weaving still plays a major part in the economy of modern Iran. Under the influence of commercial demands, many places have been using synthetic dyes for their rugs. However, here at Kurosh, we still believe in the traditional dyeing process of using natural dyes.