If you are just getting started in the world of Oriental rugs, there are some really great sites to check out with guides and facts about antique rugs. Below are some of the top sites I follow for Oriental rug news and information.
Antique Persian Rug
1. One of the most thorough sites on the web to learn about Oriental rugs is JBOC’s Notes on Oriental rugs. Here you will find a surplus of information on almost every single type of Oriental rug you could imagine as well as many photograph examples of each rug type.
2. Hali is a well-known textile and Oriental rug magazine featuring up to date articles on what is going on in the rug industry. At Hali.com you can find out about current events and exhibitions at museums in your area as well as famous auctions with Oriental rugs for sale.
3. Jozan, like Hali, is another Oriental rug magazine. They feature a variety of educational materials with many rug photos and also highlight current happenings in the world of rugs.
4. Last, I will mention our site, JessiesRugs.com where you can find a variety of DIY guides and informational materials on types of Oriental rugs including “How to Hand Wash an Oriental rug” and “A Guide to Oriental Rug Motifs”
Although there are plenty of sites online for educational rug guides, I would also advise stopping by your local library to see if they have any books on rugs. Sometime in the near future I will highlight some of my favorite Oriental rug books.
Persian Karaja rugs (also spelled Karadagh Gharadjeh) are woven in the Northwestern region of Iran near Tabriz. These rugs have a very similar weave and character to Heriz rugs which are also woven nearby. They are woven with single wefts, and Turkish knots similar to those woven in the Hamedan province. For that reason they are sometimes mistaken for Persian Kurdistan rugs.
Persian Karaja Rug with typical geometric motifs and medallions
Most Karaja rugs are easily distinguishable by their design which often consists of vertical Heriz-style medallions. We recently added several Karaja rugs to our shop which can be seen below. Reds, Blues, Ivory, Rust and Orange are common color schemes found in Karaja rugs. Karaja rugs are quite popular for their bold designs and tribal nature.
Red Field Persian Karaja rug with three vertical medallions
Persian Karaja medallion in semi-antique rug
Same Karaja medallion woven in a newer Persian Karaja rug c. 1970. Interesting animal figures found in the field include deer and birds.