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How To Buy A Persian Carpet ((EXCLUSIVE))

The art progressed gradually from generation to generation as more carpets and rugs went into production. As a result of this, the skill and craft of carpet making perfected over extensive periods. The rapid development of international trade also played a significant role in increasing the variety of designs and patterns produced.

how to buy a persian carpet

Persia was ruled by various rulers that influenced the area rug progress. Many historians credit Cyprus the Great with introducing Persia to the art carpet making. They believe he did this after conquering Babylon in 539 BC.

The oldest knotted carpet known was discovered in the Pazyryk valley by Russian archeologists in 1949. This carpet from the Altai Mountains of Siberia dates back to the 5th century BC. It is substantial proof that the art of carpet-making existed a long time ago and has gone through superb development and refinement over the centuries.

The Pazyryk carpet got preserved in the Scythian noble's frozen tombs for more than two millennia. It is now on display at the Hermitage Museum of Leningrad in St. Petersburg. The intricate design of this carpet suggests that the art of carpet weaving was well-developed even in that early era.

Mongols, the infamous conquerors, controlled Persia in 1220-1449 AD. Mahmud Ghazan, an Il-khan leader, covered the paved floors of his Tabriz palace with precious carpets. These carpets had simple motif decorations.

In 1587-1629, during Shah Abbas's reign, crafts and commerce intensified in Persia. Abbas turned Isfahan, his new capital, into a glorious city where carpets were produced in workshops manned by skilled craftsmen and designers. It was in this period that Persia turned its rug industry into a formidable revenue generator.

Today, modern-day Iran benefits immensely from the widespread handicraft of carpet weaving. Rugs and carpets enjoy worldwide popularity for their rich colors, spectacular patterns, and top-notch designs.

Traditionally, priceless rugs were hand woven by skilled carpet weavers, using dyes and top-quality silk. However, these rugs can now be mass-produced by machines in this modern era, using cheaper materials like wool or cotton.

One of the simplest ways of carpet weaving is flat weaving. Flatweave rugs are durable but thinner than most knotted carpets or rugs. On the other hand, rugs can also be made to fit areas that are longer than they are wide. These are called runner rugs.

Sometimes weavers use goat or camel hair in limited quantities. Excess goat or camel hair can be undesirable in Kashan rugs. And, although rugs may acquire an extra sheen from these materials, dyeing them is very difficult, and the rugs are more likely to fade faster than sheep wool carpets.

Whether you are an artist, a collector, a traveler, or someone who wishes to add a beautiful and precious item to his home, a Persian carpet is undoubtedly high on your list of priorities. However, you may face difficulties or quickly get confused when it comes to purchasing a Persian carpet due to its diversity and the huge market that represents it. There are many bazaars for carpets worldwide. Each city has its own traditional way of weaving and materials, and all these can lead to facing different prices and qualities. That is why in this blog, we intend to give you a practical guideline on buying the perfect Persian carpet and also show you an easy way to add this beautiful and precious item to your home or office easily at the end!

You can always ask the carpet sellers about the knot count, but to look more professional, you can also turn the rug over, and by way of looking at the knots, you can see their density. You must be able to easily see and track the patterns of the carpet from the back as well as the front of the carpet. Moreover, the well-organized, clean knots will show the high quality of the carpet.

The second important factor is the material. These handwoven Persian masterpieces are typically made of wool, silk, or both. Wool is the most commonly used item in Persian carpets, and its quality depends on the breed of the sheep as well as the climate and the when and how of the shearing. Silk allows more knots per square and lets the pattern be more precise, and has a shiny finish. Some of the silk carpets are made to be hung on the wall instead of the ground, like a painting. However, when it comes to strength and endurance, silk carpets are not comparable to wool carpets.

Persian carpets come in various forms and sizes. Many cities in Iran are famous for traditional carpet weaving, and each one has its own unique style, pattern, and quality. The colors also can vary from one city to the other. As a result, one of the most important factors to consider while buying a Persian carpet is getting familiar with all the patterns and colors and finding one that suits you the most.

Moreover, handwoven Persian carpets have natural colors as their material comes from natural dyes. It is better then to look for the most natural colors, the red and yellow of pomegranates and the blue of the indigoes.

As diverse as the patterns, designs, and the texture of Persian carpets is the price for each piece. Among the most important factors influencing the price of a carpet is the material used in weaving it, the size, and the knot count.

As you may have already guessed, silk carpets have a higher price compared to the wool carpets because wool is more readily available and easier to achieve. Also, the larger the carpet, the higher the price! Persian carpets can be the ultimate luxury product, yet worth it. That is why you need to get prepared before purchasing one; you can gather all the information you need by consulting us.

It is important to know where you want to put the carpet and how you want to use it. Moreover, you need to find a carpet that suits your lifestyle. Persian carpets come in different shapes and sizes, so pay attention to the size of the room you want the carpet for and choose one that suits it. For families who have children, wool carpets are the best choice due to their fine and soft texture. Wool carpets are also more practical and durable, and they can handle a larger food traffic.

The material used in a traditional Persian carpet is always natural. The fiber and the thread have a much lower percentage of nylon compared to the machine-made carpets, so they are easier to clean as they attract lesser amounts of dust, hair, and fibers. These materials are also flame-resistant compared to the chemical elements used in machine-made carpets, which tend to give off lint.

As we mentioned earlier, the colors of the Persian carpets come from natural dyes. This factor, alongside the natural material of these carpets, makes them the best choice for people who are allergic and also for families with young children.

Handwoven Persian carpets are the result of many hours of work; men and women sit in front of the loom for hours and tie each knot by hand, creating the patterns and designs. Each pattern has its own story to tell; a beautiful example can be the nomadic carpets of Qashqai. The women of the Qashqai tribe weave their dreams and visions. They do not follow a prescribed pattern as they get their ideas from nature and their everyday life. That is why it is hard to find an original Qashqai carpet that completely resembles another one. In other cities, many carpet designers spend hours drawing different patterns, shapes, and designs for various carpets. You can also buy special cushions made of carpet; this new trend lets you add lots of color and diversity to your environment. A Persian carpet is indeed a piece of art in which thousands of years of history, culture, and tradition come together with long hours of work and finishes with a product that can be with you for decades and even more.

Oriental rugs are woven on a loom, with strands of wool or cotton called warps stretched from beam to beam (top to bottom). The weaver makes horizontal rows called wefts, weaving in and out between the warps. Tying the warps together with a piece of wool then creates the pile. Knot by knot, row by row, the weaver works, taking about six months to produce a 6 x 9 carpet.

Cool moist climates with good grazing help sheep to produce superior, long staple, lustrous wool. So it follows that New Zealand and Tibetan carpet wools are some of the best in the world. Ask where the wool came from, and feel it. It should be soft and smooth (not dry and brittle). But beware! If a new rug is too soft and shiny, suspect inferior wool that was chemically treated (as sometimes found in inexpensive Chinese carpets).

Knot density (for strength) and fineness (for clear design definition) are important indicators of quality for which some countries use different terms. To test knot density, push your fingers down to the base of the pile; if the knots feel tightly packed, as in Bidjars, the rug will be extremely durable. To determine fineness, compare the backs of different carpets. Each "bump" is a knot. Small knots allow for well-defined curves and fine lines in the pattern, but you'll also pay a premium for them.

I plan a trip to Iran and want to buy a persian silk or wool-silk carpet (size about 100cm x 150cm) there. Can someone tell me the approximate price for such a carpet and also some addresses in Tehran or Isfahan where I can buy good quality carpets for a reasonable price? Maybe you also know some fixed price shops where I can get an overview. I saw the two other topics about persian carpets in Iran forum from 2009 and 2010, but the indicated prices differ much in these discussions. I am not sure if it would be worth it to buy the carpet in Iran. Or are prices the same as in USA or Europe?

I strongly recommend you to visit carpet museum before buying any carpet. It gives some idea on what to buy and where to buy and how to find fine carpet. It is certainly worth buying it inside in Iran cuz the copies of Persian Carpet are now produced in different neighboring countries and it is impossible for non-expert to distinguish it from real Persian ones. 041b061a72

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