Many people think that a
Persian rug is just that—a Persian rug. The truth is that there are numerous
varieties of Persian rugs, each with their own distinctions and characteristics.
In fact, there are so many that there isn’t time to talk about each
of them here, but you can get a good idea about a few of them by reading on.
Most varieties of Persian rugs are named after the region, people, or city
of their origin, and this is certainly the case for the Baluch rug. These
rugs come from the Khorsan area and are crafted by the Baluchi nomad people.
You can distinguish them by their richly dyed sheep’s wool pile,
camel and goat hair fringe, and striking geometric designs.
Isfahan rugs are perhaps the most easily identified
type of Persian rug in Western culture, even if most people are unaware of their sub-type
name. Originating from the old capital city of Isfahan, these rugs served
as royal gifts to the leaders of the West during the Shah Abbas reign.
Botanical patterns and medallions characterize this variety, and hunting
scenes are not uncommon.
This variety of Persian rugs has an impressive number of acceptable spellings,
but it did come from the town of Qum, a holy place. This town is the final
resting place of Shah Abbas, and the rugs are distinctive due to the almost
exclusive use of silk. While many rugs do consist of silk pile, weft,
and warp, plenty can be found using a combination of silk and wool. The
pile is extremely tightly knotted, and the patterns offer great variety,
from botanicals to pottery to birds. While it is rarely the prominent
color, you can almost depend on turquoise being present among a fine palette
of other rich colors.
If you’d like to know more about Persian rugs, their origin, and
their history, we’ll be happy to tell you what we know here at
East Bay Oriental Rug Cleaning. When you are in need of skillful rug cleaning in Concord, give us a call