Antique Persian Rugs
No matter your preference for color, texture, style or vintage, Doris Leslie Blau offers the widest selection of antique Persian rugs & carpets and vintage Persian carpets for sale to fulfill your dreams. Oriental rugs and Oriental carpets are notable for the wide variety of styles in which they are available and antique Persian carpets are among the most desireable. Whatever you are looking for, from room-size rugs to antique area rugs, there is an antique or vintage Persian rug to suit your taste.
History of Antique Persian Rugs (also known as Oriental Persian Rugs)
The Golden Age of Persian carpet weaving occurred during the Safavid dynasty, when Shah Tahmasp (1524-1587) began establishing court factories for carpet production. Prior to this time, the production of rugs in the region was primarily a village craft, defined by use of simple rectilinear patterns. Following the Afghan invasion in 1722, there was a significant decline in Persian carpet production until the late nineteenth century when European demand for Persian rugs contributed to a major revival in the art form. Persian rugs designs can be divided into two main categories - city (formal) rugs, which were made in workshops, are known for their finely-woven and often intricate designs, and village rugs (informal), which are widely varied in their unique blends of city and nomadic motifs and techniques. The most important formal rugs come from Tabriz, Kashan, Kirman, Doroksh, Khorassan, Meshad, Tehran, and Sarouk and the most well-known villages included Malayer, Sarab, Bakhtiar, Bakshaish, Sultanabad, Bibikabad, Senneh, Fereghan, Heriz, Hamadan and Shiraz.
Design of Antique Persian Rugs
In Persia, each region, and sub-region, has its own unique design iconography that has been handed down from one generation to the next ensuring that each is distinct and special despite a basic commonality of construction. The type of material used, the method of tying knots and the density of knots per inch, combined with specific design schemes all give a unique cultural fingerprint to each carpet or rug. These distinctions make the search for an antique Persian rug an exciting romp through Persian culture and history. Antique Persian carpets and vintage Persian carpets, among all the antique Oriental rugs available, are notable for their wide variety of styles. Whatever you are looking for from room-size rugs to antique area rugs, there is an antique, oriental or vintage rug to suit your taste. When you are in the market for an Persian rug you are not merely searching out old Persian carpets or just any antique silk rugs. An antique Persian rug’s price can vary tremendously depending on the quality of the original craftsmanship (looking at things like the complexity and importance of the design, the material used, the number of knots per inch, the current condition of the rug, etc.). Thus, a wise buyer does not simply search for antique Persian rugs on eBay, but relies on an expert guide in selecting the best quality and best fit to meet their unique needs without sacrificing value. After all, you don’t just want to find used Persian rugs; you want to find the quality and design that reflect your good taste.
So whether you are looking for a large, formal antique Persian rug crafted in a large city or a smaller Antique Persian nomadic rug, you are sure to find what you seek while searching through our inventory of Antique and vintage Persian rugs and carpets.