Antique Rugs 101: A Guide to Antique Rugs from Around the World

July 22, 2015
Antique Rugs 101: A Guide to Antique Rugs from Around the World
Doris Leslie Blau

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When it comes to antique rugs, there’s a lot to learn and sometimes it’s difficult to find all the information in one place.

Over the last year or so, we’ve written many posts about antique Persian rugs, antique Chinese rugs, French Aubusson rugs, antique Caucasian rugs and more. Here, we’ve collected many of those posts in one place in order to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about antique rugs.

First off, a bit of history:

What does the Silk Road have to do with antique carpet?

Answers in this primer on China, India and Persia’s influences on rug design that carried through the ancient trade route.

Next you’re probably wondering…

Why are Persian rugs so famous?

We give the perennial classic its due right here.



What are Samarkand rugs?

What do Samarkand rugs look like?

Where do Samarkand rugs come from?

This blog on Samarkand and Khotan rugs will answer all those questions.

What is Antique Oushak?

What kind of interiors work with it?

Those answers here.

What are French Deco Rugs like? How do they reflect the Art Deco movement?

Covered that in For Love of French Deco Rugs.

How do antique Tabriz rugs work with modern interiors?

We covered that here.


What are Moroccan rugs made from?

What are the characteristics of Moroccan rugs?

Why are Moroccan rugs so popular now?

This post gives some of the history of vintage and antique Moroccan rugs and this one delves into why they are so popular.

How did Turkish rugs become so popular in Europe?

What’s the history of Turkish rugs and weaving?

Antique Turkish Rugs: Craftsmanship and Heritage of Plentitude has your answers. antique-carpet-european-american-wilton-english-axminster-brown-botanical-bb1203-15x13

How are Axminster carpets made?

We tackled antique Axminster rugs here.

What are antique Caucasian rugs like?

How to compose an interior with this kind of rug?

We’ve got you covered here.


How to put antique rugs in contemporary spaces?

This post featuring chic and modern interiors with antique rugs is a good place to start.

Of course, if we haven’t answered all your questions here, you can always get in touch with us for even more information on the rich and varied antique rug and carpet traditions represented in our collection.