Persian rugs are perhaps one of the oldest types of rug. For many collectors, they are considered the finest.
There’s no doubt that Oriental rugs add an air of mystery and of course beauty to any home or office. It’s very important though, that before buying one that they’d be a good fit not just for looks, but design and care.
Machine Made vs. Handmade
Persian rugs can be found in both handmade and machine made options. Which one chooses will depend on what they are expecting from it. If they want an authentic, durable and valuable Persian rug, then they should go for handmade.
These rugs take years to make and ooze all the charm and character one can imagine.
Machine made Persian rugs aren’t really legit. They masquerade as the real thing and can never be passed off as them but they only take minutes to make and are certainly not worth much as an investment.
The real deal will increase in value over the years. While machine made will not cost too much less up front, they certainly won’t last as long.
The real trick of course comes from telling machine made from real Persian rugs. It is possible to recognize the difference in a very easy way. All the buyer has to do is flip the rug over and look at the underside. If the pattern on the back is as distinct as the front, then it’s likely a real Persian rug. However, there are more tests.
The second test is to take the rug and gently bend it back, a corner is the easiest place to do this. This will let the buyer see the base or root of the tufts. If they appear in rows, then the rug is handmade. Machine made rugs are not knotted.
It’s possible to get a great deal on handmade rugs online. Of course, there’s no way to test it first. Just check the return policy of the vendor to be sure they take returns with no limitations.
Then it can be tested at home and returned as long as it’s in an allotted amount of time, usually that’s 28 days.
How Persian Rugs Are Made
Persian rugs, like many other Oriental rugs are completed over long hours of weaving and detailed work. The weavers use two different types of knots. The Persian Senneh knot is the one of the types of knots used for Persian carpets.
The simple knot creates a flowing style of outline and takes up less space within the weave.
Most Persian rugs are made from these materials:
• Animal hair
The most popular material combination is wool and cotton. The materials are dyed with natural dyes so they are extremely safe for the home to include pets and children.
The thing that sets the value of a Persian rug is the quality of the wool or other materials used and the execution of it. Cotton has several bonuses when used in a rug. First of all, it is a strong material that works with the fine weaving necessary for these delicate rugs. It also won’t lose its shape.
Each Rug Has Meaning
Not many know that every Persian rug design has a meaning; but when they find out, it makes buying one all the more fun. There’s a story right in the carpet told by the weaver.
Love stories, battles and religious tales as well as superstitions are all popular for the rugs. Expect to see animals, flowers, symbols and birds among other designs. Also, the prayer niche and tree of life are very prominent.