The Persians have been known for their master carpet-weaving techniques and beautiful designs since the 5th century BC.
Persian rugs combine vibrant colors, unique designs and plush fabrics that will bring elegance to your home. It's no wonder Persian rugs have become increasingly popular and still remain Iran's largest cultural export. Today's Persian rugs contain many religious, geographical and historical patterns that reflect Iranian culture.
Important things to consider when purchasing a Persian rug:
- Machine or hand-woven (tufted).
- Density, measured in knots per square inch. This can range from 40,000 to 41,000, with costs rising along with the knot count.
- Natural or synthetic dyes. Natural dye is normally extracted from vegetables while artificial dyes such as aniline and chrome are also used.
- Types of cleaning and maintenance required, the level of stain resistance and whether an underlay is recommended.
- Natural or synthetic fibers. Hand-tufted rugs are often made of natural fibers while machine made rugs can be made of either natural or man-made products.
Persian carpets were originally made of sheep's wool, with some cotton throughout. Today's Persian rugs often use synthetic fibers to replicate traditional rugs at affordable prices. Synthetic rugs are often more affordable than rugs made of natural thread and some find the higher levels of stain resistance in synthetic rugs an added benefit.
A synthetic machine-made rug (5'3"x7'9") which replicates Persian designs can start at around $100. Prices go up depending on which fibers are used, how the rug was made, its size and the originality of the design.
Although Persian rugs can be hand or machine-made using natural or man made fibers, rich and elegant Persian rugs are a wonderful way to warm and decorate your space. Just click above to see if you can find the perfect rug that best fits your home.