Vintage Persian rugs have the ability to transform any room into an exhilarating journey through the past. Nomads, clerics and kings have all used these works of art to add warmth, color, and dimension to their spaces. They are treasured for their effortless fluidity, flawless proportions and timeless style. They are sought after by major taste makers and interior designers and are a must have for any space in need of an added sense of awe, depth and sophistication.
What makes a rug a Persian is the knot type, design and materials used to create it. Persian rugs have the distinction of being woven by hand and using a symmetrical knot that is tightly wrapped and durable, creating a work of art with a luminous finish. The colors are generally natural and created with dye recipes that were traditionally made from berries, insects, minerals and seeds. Combined, these elements create an endless combination of lustrous colors and intricate designs.
Originally, a Persian rug was a vernacular craft and an expression of personal identity for the family weavers. Weavers would use symbols and patterns to tell the story of their tribe, city or region. These designs became part of the culture of the weavers and over time evolved into iconic elements of classic Persian carpets. These symbols, such as the boteh, which can symbolize eternity or flame, and paisley that represents a flower or fruit, are still part of the Persian culture today and can be found in the most iconic antique Persian carpets.
As Western influence increased across the Middle East, many weavers began designing according to market trends and demands. In order to meet these requirements, they started to change their weaving techniques and designs and lost some of the essence of their original motifs. Eventually, the originality that made Persian rugs so distinctive was lost and only the best of the older works remain.
These masterpieces are a rare find and make for excellent investments. In addition, these rugs are a wonderful source of inspiration and can inspire an entire room’s aesthetic. The older rugs have a timeless quality that allows them to stand out in any room and be appreciated for their beauty, color palette and intricate patterns.
At Chairish, we carry thousands of high-end vintage rugs sourced from top-tier dealers around the world. Our collection of vintage Persian rugs includes Tehran rugs, Bidjar rugs, Kerman rugs, Heriz rugs, Laver Kerman rugs, Bibicabot rugs, Sarouk rugs, and more. Whether you are looking for an accent piece or the focal point of your room, we have the perfect Persian rug for you.