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Oriental Rug Designs by Type

When shopping for an Oriental rug, all of the available colors and patterns can get overwhelming. Below I will outline some of the basic designs found in different types of Oriental rugs to help you decide which rug will be a good fit for your home.

Persian rugs have the most design variety. Some of these include a single medallion set in a solid colored field, an all-over design such as the Herati pattern, a tribal pattern with geometric shapes, or an all-over floral pattern.

Turkish rugs are often associated with tribal patterns, but they also come in all-over patterns with palmette motifs such as the rug seen below.

Bokhara rugs are the most easily identifiable Oriental rug with distinct gul medallions like the rug pictured below. These come in almost every color of the rainbow and are very easy to decorate with.

Bokhara rug

Traditional gul medallions in a Bokhara rug with an orange field

Caucasian rugs are often one of the most desirable rug types. With tribal designs and geometric patterns paired with bold color palettes, these add a touch of character to every room.

Antique Caucasian rug

Antique Caucasian Kuba rug with all-over pattern

Jessie’s Oriental rugs carries many types of discount Oriental rugs, check out some of the antique rugs in the shop today.

Where Are Oriental Rugs Made?

The answer to the question “Where are Oriental rugs made?” is not a simple one. Oriental rugs have been woven all over, not just in one specific country or even continent. Generally, Oriental rugs are defined as any rug made in a broad geographical area stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific.

Persian rug

Persian Borchelou rug c. 1940 Shop Now >

One of the most common regions associated with hand knotted Oriental rugs is Persia, in a country known today as Iran. Persian rugs are so popular in fact, that customers often confuse the term Persian rug with Oriental rugs. All Persian rugs are Oriental rugs, but the reverse is not true. An Oriental rug may also define a Chinese rug, or a hand knotted rug made in Spain.

Below is a list of the common Oriental rug producing countries:

Iran (Rugs produced here are commonly referred to as Persian rugs)

Turkey

The Caucasus (Caucasian Rugs)

China

Afghanistan

Pakistan

India

Romania

Spain

Taiwan

Morocco

 

Where are your Oriental rugs from?

Picking Up Rugs

This past weekend we picked up a bunch of vintage and antique Oriental rugs for the shop. After cleaning them we will start putting them online, so keep an eye on JessiesRugs.com

Antique oriental rugs

Vintage and antique Oriental rugs

 

Soumak rug

Close-up of a Soumak rug

Above is a sneak peak at one of my favorite rugs we just got in. There are numerous types of animal motifs woven into this rug including, but not limited to, birds, cats, bulls and fish.

Persian rugs

Drying two Persian mats

This nice weather has really been helping us out! The sun does a great job drying freshly washed Oriental rugs like the ones pictured above.

 

Persian Heriz Rugs

For as long as they have been around, Oriental rugs have been looked at as a symbol of wealth and importance. Heriz rugs, which are a type of Persian Oriental rug, have long been a favored sub-type. Found in lawyers offices and in the homes of doctors, Heriz rugs are recognized by many for their durability and striking colors. Even over the past few years they have increased in desirability and popularity.

Persian Heriz rug

Genuine Persian Heriz rug c. 1950 Shop Now>

Dominant colors found in Heriz rugs include red, blue, ivory, green and others. They often have brick or rust red fields. The most common design is a large central medallion with several lobes in contrasting colors. However they may have all-over designs with palmette motifs. They are typically found in large 8×10 to 10×14 room sizes, however they do occur in smaller sizes.

Heriz rugs may be referred to as Bakshaish, Mehraban, Serapi or Gorevan depending on their structure. The Serapi type is the finest and often considered the most desirable of Persian rugs. The Gorevan is the lowest quality Heriz, however it is still a fine and beautiful rug type.

Indian Heriz Rug

Indian Heriz Rug Shop Now>

Copies of Heriz rugs are woven in India and cost much less than real Persian Heriz rugs. When you buy a genuine Oriental rug you will be enjoying it for decades and all who enter your home or office will notice it.

Do you have a Persian Heriz rug at home?

Unsymmetrical Rugs: Imperfections in Authentic Oriental Rugs

If you are looking for a perfect, symmetrical, uniform-looking rug you should probably check out machine made rugs. A while ago, someone asked me why her Persian rug looked different from one end to the other. Like anything else made by hand, there will be imperfections in authentic Oriental rugs. Granted, some of those imperfections may be intentional, and some may be more pronounced than others.

Machine Made Oriental Rug

A Machine Made rug with an Oriental rug design.

Tribal rugs woven on horizontal looms in village settings are more likely to have imperfections than those woven on vertical looms in the cities or workshops where weavers strive for perfection.

red persian rug

Persian Joshaghan rug Shop Now >

Above is a hand knotted Persian Joshaghan rug. Note how the sides of the rug are not perfectly straight and the design is not completely uniform. For many customers and rug lovers these are the characteristics which drive the sale of the rug. Each imperfection adds to the one of a kind nature of an antique Oriental rug such as this.

One of the most common occurrences of “flaws” in authentic Oriental rugs is abrash. Abrash is a term used quite often in describing the characteristics of a rug. It refers to a change in the tone of the color of the wool in a specific area of the rug. For example, a field may be dark blue with a thick line of lighter blue running horizontally across it. It is easy to confuse abrash with fading. Fading is a result of long-term exposure of a rug to the sun, and some fading can occur due to wear depending on the dyes used in the rug.

persian rug runner

Abrash in a Persian rug runner Shop Now >

The rug pictured above has notable abrash at one end. Note how the band runs horizontally along the same path a weaver would be tying the knots onto the foundation. This type of variation in color would not be called fading because fading is uneven and it would be very difficult to achieve this look after completion. Abrash occurs when the weaver changes wool lots, most often because the last lot has run out, and the next lot of wool may be lighter, or darker due to any number of variables including the dye time, temperature, and type of mordant among others.

Another common flaw in Oriental rugs is white knots appearing in the field, especially after the rug has seen some traffic. These knots are the tail ends of the foundation as seen below.

Turkish sparta rug

Knot tails in a Turkish Sparta rug

 

What type of unique imperfection does your Oriental rug have?

Spring Cleaning and Washing Those Rugs

It has been a long, harsh winter for the Northeastern United States. All of that snow, and dirty sand has been hard on our cars, but it is also hard on our rugs. The start of spring is often associated with cleaning up your house and selling off old items at yard sales. At this time it is also important to check your rugs out to see how they fared the winter months.

Persian Kerman rug

Persian Kerman rug before being washed

The design in the Persian rug above is slightly muddled, and the colors are duller than one would expect to see. If your rug was placed in a high traffic area during the winter, especially in an area where people did not take off their shoes, your rug will have trapped quite a bit of sand and salt in it’s pile. The pile of the rug is the fluffy wool on the top that makes it so soft. A regular vacuum will not sufficiently remove the sand that has been trapped under the pile. This sand, if left untreated, will slowly erode the wool fibers as people walk across the rug. The best way to remove the dirt embedded in the pile yourself is to flip the rug over and vacuum the backside.

Persian Kerman rug cleaning

Making progress cleaning the rug

A fresh wash will bring the life back into your authentic Oriental rug and make it last for many more years. Check out our guide to hand wash your Oriental rug yourself, or stop by your local rug dealer to get your rug cleaned.

Persian Kerman rug

Kerman rug corner close-up after cleaning

Check JessiesRugs.com to see the full rug after it has dried!

 

Decorating with Room-size Rugs

Everyone’s favorite rug tip when decorating is to put your Oriental rug down first. It is much easier to base the rest of your decor on the colors and patterns in your antique rug. An authentic Oriental rug is a one-of-a-kind piece, and often an investment. Wallpaper, art, paint, furniture and antiques come in all different shapes, sizes, patterns and colors so it is much easier to find a rug you love and work around it rather than working backwards.

 

White Persian Rug

Traditional Ivory Persian Kapoutrang rug c. 1940 Shop now>

If you have very traditional taste in rugs such as a large red rug with a blue border and an ivory center medallion, your journey will be much easier. However if you are looking for a large antique rug with an all-over pattern, a navy field and hot purple highlights you may be looking for a longer time. It is important to have an idea of what characteristics you are looking for in a rug, often times the old saying “when you see it you’ll know it”  holds true and a light will turn on when you find your dream rug.

Art deco chinese rug

Gorgeous Art Deco style Chinese rug, shop it now>

When decorating with a room-size Oriental rug you generally want the rug to ground the furniture in the space. This method ties each component together to form a cohesive space. Keep in mind you want about 18 inches of floor visible around the rug itself unless you are working with a smaller area such as a bathroom or foyer in which case less is better. There is no right or wrong way to place the furniture on the carpet, everyone is different. Options include having all of the furniture on the rug, the front legs of the furniture on the rug, none of the furniture on the rug (if you are looking at a smaller size rug such as 5×8) and more.

Shop our selection of room-size rugs >

How do you decorate with Oriental rugs? Do you put your rug down first or last?

Types of Hamedan Rugs

Persian Rug Runner

Traditional Persian Hamedan rug runner with a red field and ivory border. Shop Now >

A name that almost everyone is familiar with in the world of Oriental rugs is Hamedan. Hamedan rugs are a type of Persian rug. They are made in the Hamedan province in what is now called Iran. It is one of the largest weaving areas in the region and the province encompasses hundreds of villages which contributed to it becoming one of the greatest rug markets in Persia. The city of Hamedan is the capital of the Hamedan province.

Hamedan rugs usually have a cotton foundation, a wool pile and are woven with Turkish knots. Older Hamedan rugs may have a wool foundation. Designs include single medallions, multiple medallions, floral motifs and geometric motifs. The design often depends on the village or location where the rug was woven. For example, Bibikabad rugs usually have a small center medallion surrounded by an all-over design while Dergazine rugs almost always have an all-over pattern with floral sprays mimicking Sarouk rugs.

Large Persian Rug

Persian Bibikabad Rug. Bibikabads come in large carpet sizes such as 8×10 and larger. Shop Now >

 

Pink Persian Oriental Rug

Persian Dergazine rug runner with all-over floral pattern. These rugs are similar in style to Sarouk rugs.

With so many different villages and weavers working in the Hamedan province, Hamedan rugs often have the most varied designs of all Oriental rug styles.  Although there are many types of Hamedan rugs, some of the most popular types include Bibikabad, Borchelou, Dergazine, Ingeles, Hussainabad, Kabudrahang, Lilihan, Malayer, Maslaghan, Nahavand, Rudbar, and Tajabad among others. Often times inexperienced rug sellers or even rug dealers may refer to these specific types generally as Hamedans as it can become confusing to use city or village names.

Red Persian rug

A red Persian Hussainabad rug with an all-over Herati pattern. Shop Now >

Hamedan rugs often come in smaller and runner sizes. The sub-types of Hamedans can often be found in more specific sizes. For example, a room-sized Bibikabad or Kabudrahang is very common, while they are not easily found in smaller sizes. A Dergazine may be found in a 4×6 or smaller size, or a runner, but a large room-sized carpet is highly unlikely to be described as a Dergazine.

Red Persian Rug

Large Red Persian Kapoutrang rug. Kapoutrangs often come in large room-sizes such as 8×10 and larger. Shop Now >

The characteristics that can be used to define a rug from the Hamedan region include the weave which is composed of a single weft thread, the knot-type, and the colors. Red, Ivory and Blue are the most commonly used colors in the Hamedan province. As seen in the examples above, each rug has some shade of red, ivory and blue in it. If the rug does not have red, ivory or blue it does not mean it is not a Hamedan, each characteristic of the rug must be looked at to classify the Oriental rug in question.

Do you have any Hamedan rugs in your home?

Red, Pink and White Rugs

Valentine’s Day is coming! Here are some of our Oriental rugs with Valentine’s Day color schemes:

First is this beautiful Ivory Persian Kirman rug. Traditional delicate and intricate floral sprays and soft red and pink highlights add a feminine touch to this vintage Oriental rug. Many floral patterns in Kirman rugs were derived from patterns found in shawls.

Persian Kirman Rug

Persian Kirman rug c. 1950 Shop Now >

Persian Kirman Rug weave

Weave of the Persian Kirman Rug

 

Next is this deep red Dergazine rug. The design features an ivory center medallion accented sharply with blue surrounded by pink flowers.

Red Persian Rug

Red Persian Dergazine rug Shop Now >

 

This traditional Persian Serabend was woven with soft and luxurious wool. The design features a cream-colored field filled with an all-over pattern of botehs or pear motifs. Repeating botehs is the most common design of Serabend rugs.

Serabend Persian Rug

Serabend Persian Rug

Persian rug

Soft and thick wool on a Persian Serabend Shop Now >

 

JessiesRugs.com wishes everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day!

Unique Oriental Rug Motifs and Designs

Old man winter just won’t give up this year! We keep getting buried in Massachusetts, and it seems more snow is in the forecast next week. While I am stuck indoors I thought it would be fun to go through some of the most unique motifs and designs in Oriental rugs I have come across in the past year.

 

#1 Afghan Rug

 

Afghan Oriental Rug

Female figure in an Afghan Oriental Rug

This is a woman figure with a hookah. There were numerous animals such as chickens and dogs in this unique Afghan rug as well. As you can see, there is a black rooster next to her head. Often when people are depicted in Oriental rugs, it is meant to represent the weavers themselves, or perhaps the individual they are weaving the rug for.

 

Red Oriental Rug

Afghan Oriental Rug

#2 Afghan Kuba Soumack

Afghan oriental rug

Pink animal figure in an Afghan Soumack rug

Here we have what looks like a  pink lion, but motifs are always open to different interpretations. This rug has a soft color scheme and a wild design. You can view more photos of this rug at JessiesRugs.com.

This is another Afghan rug, which means it was made in Afghanistan. The design is a copy of the traditional Kuba Soumack style which we will see more of below.  Here is a picture of the full rug. Notice all of the different animals surrounding the central motif which may be a tree or some other type of plant.

 

Afghan Oriental Rug

Afghan Kuba Soumack rug

#3 Caucasian Kuba Soumack

 

Caucasian Oriental rug

Cat figure close-up

Here is a happy cat! This rug is similar to the rug in number 2, however it is a real Caucasian Kuba Soumack.

This rug was literally FULL of interesting animal and people figures.

Here is a glimpse of the full rug, but it really does not do it justice.

Caucasian Oriental Rug

Caucasian Soumack Rug

 

#4 Caucasian Karabagh

Caucasian Oriental Rug

Peacock in a Caucasian Karabagh rug

This bright Oriental rug features three geometric medallions surrounded by large bird and peacock figures and a crab-motif border. The colors are bright, and almost neon in nature so this rug may not be for everyone.

Caucasian Oriental Rug

Caucasian Karabagh rug

#5 Mongolian Rug

Blue Oriental Rug

Mongolian Rug

Last, but definitely not least is this Mongolian rug. This design features large human figures praying, with beads, clouds, trees, and plants in vases.

 

Blue Oriental Rug

Mongolian Rug Close-Up

I hope you enjoyed my list and if you are in the market for one of a kind discount Oriental rugs like these, check out JessiesRugs.com.

Do your rugs have any interesting designs? Share them below!