The vast amount of creativity involved into the rug making process results in each piece of fabric being absolutely one of a kind. However, there is more to a carpet’s appearance than merely providing us with the visual sensation.
Practically every single element of a design is saturated with deeper meaning which lets us read the field and the borders of a rug like a book on our ancestors. Not many people realize that this profound symbolism applies not only to the outlined pattern, but also to the colors.
White Persian rugs are an excellent example of how rich and surprising is our cultural heritage. Their sheen, sleek pile makes them the apple of the eye of the collectors around the world. Nonetheless, the quality of execution and the refinement of materials is typical to the majority of Persian carpets. White Iranian rugs are characterized by an interesting ambiguity as they can be interpreted in two extremely different ways, depending on the context. Their undyed wool, when combined with other colors, particularly red, and motifs such as diamonds or pomegranates, most likely means purity and peace or praises virginal qualities. In other cases, it may be a color indicating mourning and grief because in many Oriental regions pure white is the color worn at funerals. It may look like a paradox, especially to the Western recipient, but such cases only show how deeply one must read into the intricate designs to fully understand their meaning and appreciate their never-fading glamor.
If you would like to find out more about Persian rugs, do not hesitate to contact us by email DD@DorisLeslieBlau.com or call 212-517-9178. You are more than welcome to visit our gallery located on 306 East 61st Street, 7th Floor, New York and if by any chance you are visiting the capital, come to The Washington Design Centre at 1099 14th Street, N.W. Suite 325. We assure that our consultants will be at your disposal, serving with their expertise and kind advice.