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Notable Characteristics of Persian Rugs and How They Differ to Other Rugs


weave042 - September 17, 2016 - 1 comment

If you are relatively new to rugs, you may wonder why those that hail from Persia, or Iran as it is known today, are so highly prized. What exactly is it about Persian rugs that Toronto homeowners, and those in other cities around the world, love? In this short article, we are going to take a brief look at the defining characteristics of a fine Persian rug so that you know what the attraction is and what to look for should you decide to acquire one for your home.

Why Persian Rugs in Toronto and the Surrounding Are So Special

The following list is not meant to be comprehensive; it is just a short guide that we hope will make it easier for you to learn more about these wonderful floor coverings.

  1. They Are Made in Persia (Iran)! – The very first thing you need to know about these rugs is that only those made in Iran are considered as genuine. If you find a beautiful rug which is made in Turkey or Morocco and you would like to buy it, by all means go ahead. However, you should be aware that even if it has been made in a style that is reminiscent of the finest Persian floor coverings, unless it was actually made in Iran, it is not a Persian rug.
  2. They Are Handmade – No matter how nice a rug looks or how well put together it is, if it is machine-made then it is not a genuine Persian floor covering. You can normally tell the difference between handmade and machine-made rugs quite easily: you can see the pattern through the backing on a handmade rug but this is not normally the case for rugs that are manufactured in a factory.
  3. The Knots – This factor is not as crucial as the others because there are now rug makers in Iran who use double looping as well as single looping knots. However, if you are shopping for antique Persian rugs in Toronto, you should take note of the type of knots that have been used in the construction of any of the rugs you are thinking of buying. Older Persian floor coverings feature single looping knots whereas their Turkish counterparts feature double looping knots.
  4. The Patterns – Classic Persian rugs feature beautiful curvilinear designs, which are much harder to execute than geometric designs when you are making a rug by hand. Many of these stunning designs have ties to specific tribes or regions of Iran, such as Herati rugs from Herat and Qasagai rugs, which are made by members of the tribe of the same name.

If you are interested in acquiring high quality, 100% genuine Persian rugs in Toronto, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us or to visit our store should you happen to be in Dupont Street during the day. We have a great selection of authentic rugs and would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about these iconic floor coverings.