Gene’s Trading Post recently started carrying Persian Rugs. While we have carried Persian rugs in the past, with this line of new, 100% wool rugs we thought we would do some digging to understand the history of Persian rugs. Our conclusion: there is A LOT of information on Persian rugs (history, manufacturing, designs, etc.) but we thought we would share the cliff notes version with you today.
Persian rugs, or Iranian Carpets, are produced in Iran and the surrounding areas, which was once known at the Persian Empire. Persian carpets have always differentiated themselves from Oriental rugs and other types of rugs by their variety, elaborateness and manifold designs.
The first evidence of Persian rugs can be traced to the Roman Empire in 133 BCE. In these very early years of Persian rugs the embellishments usually depicted stories with animals and landscapes. It wasn’t until the late fifteenth century that the designs changed to depict the modern designs we expect now. Large medallions, floral designs, large spirals and elaborately curved lines are the trademarks of Persian rugs today. These new designs were first created by painters, then dictated to the weavers, who created the rugs on a loom. This evolution of design meant these new designs were more difficult to produce because weavers could not create the curvature in the intricate designs by weaving straight lines. Eventually these new designs involved into the Persian rugs we see today, which have the center medallion, borders and elaborate corners.
At Gene’s Trading Post our inventory is an excellent example of the wide variety of colors and designs that are found in Persian rugs. All 100% wool and hand-knotted, they all have the same high quality, but the difference in designs seems to be never ending. Come check them out!