Persian Carpets – some of the most coveted rugs on the market, renown for their high quality and textured designs – they bring tradition and grandeur to any home at any price range. Here are a few reasons why we love them. After you read this, you’ll see Persian carpets in a whole different light!
1. They are a part of history
The first Persian rugs were hand-made in Iran over 2500 years ago. It’s said that these traditional persian carpets were used to warm cold floors, and because of the abundance of sheep and wool, were very commonplace in Iranian homes.
They were popularized in the 19th century, when trade became an important part of the economy and Tabriz merchants started importing Persian carpets to Europe through Istanbul. This led to a flourish in creativity, design and colour patterns, and people grew to appreciate these beautiful, elaborate designs.
Today, Persian carpets are still some of the most coveted furnishings for homes and offices. Iran exports these handmade carpets to over 100 countries, and Persian carpets remain one of their main non-oil export products.
Have you heard of the Ardabil Twin Carpets? These Persian rugs are one of the most famous pieces in the world – in fact, they are permanent collections in the Victoria and Albert Museums in London, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. These carpets were created in the mid-16th century, and their intricate design (almost 26 million knots per carpet!) has resulted in them being considered the best example of Persian carpets in the market.
2. They are hand-woven and organic
Persian carpets are almost always 100% organic and hand-made. Carpet weavers use organic dyes made from eucalyptus, turmeric and black curd to create vibrant, stunning dyes.
Handmade carpets are softer and more durable, but are becoming a more rare find. With the advance of machine-made rugs, Persian carpets have seen an increase in demand by customers who want beautiful, individual pieces in their home.
Carpet weavers use two specific knotting techniques to create these pieces – a symmetrical knot (Turkish knot) or an asymmetrical knot (Persian knot). Persian knots create finer, higher quality rugs.
Lotto Carpets deal directly with carpet weavers in Iran who give us unique and rare pieces – these carpets are often not even found in Iran anymore!
3. They’re all unique
Sometimes, you may come across carpets that claim to be Persian, but were actually woven somewhere else. The methodology of creating a one-of-a-kind Persian rug has influenced carpet makers around the world – all of whom try to mimic these unique designs. The most common misconceptions arise with Indo-Persian rugs, that were made in India using Persian designs, motifs and construction elements.
With Lotto Carpets, you always know what you’re getting. We only import the most unique Persian carpets directly from Iran and our close contact with handweavers and carpet makers ensures you only get the best quality.
Are you looking for a Persian carpet for your home? Come down to our gallery – we’re always happy to help.