When The Mood Strikes

Mood rugs are among the most beautiful and detailed carpets from Iran. They are a select group of extremely rare and fine quality carpets from the Mashhad area that usually consist of a fairly thick pile with an intricate all-over Herati pattern. However, since the wool in this area comes from sheep that pasture in…

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The Big Deal About Birjand Rugs

Birjand rugs are made in the Province of Khorasan, Iran. This area produces medium grade rugs made of wool pile with silk highlights and a cotton foundation in colors of navy, rust, tan, camel and cream. These carpets come in different sizes, but the US market favors larger ones. Left: Birjand rugs usually have a…

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Mehraban We Roll Along: A Special Type of Persian Carpet

The Mehraban rugs, like any other village rugs made in Iran, are weaved in domestic settings mostly by women. Mothers pass this art to their daughters by singing the directions of how to weave the patterns! There are no blueprints for village rugs and therefore, flaws in symmetry are part of each rug’s charm. Early…

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The Rush For Russian Antique Rugs

Antique rugs from Russia often tell the stories and folklore of the local communities. Their weavings depict humans and animals as the central design. They also distinguish themselves with lively geometric patterns, including diamonds, hexagons, small crosses and hooks. As with many antique rugs, Russian rugs utilize natural materials from their environment. Because of their dyes…

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