This is a simple infographic summarizing the general characteristics of Persian rugs.
Persian rug Infographic
The different types of Persian rugs are named after the region in which they are woven. For example, a Hamedan rug will be made in either the province or city Hamedan in Iran. There are several exceptions to this rule such as Sarouk rugs which are made in the city of Arak as well as Saruk.
Persian rugs are not only the most well-known type of Oriental rug, but one of the most popular. Many associate the Persian rug with wealth and luxury. The two general types of Persian rugs are those made in cities and those made in villages. They are distinguishable by their weave, materials and designs. When grouped together city rugs will appear more uniform, as they follow stricter patterns.
The designs found in Persian rugs vary greatly from single or multiple medallions to all-over patterns with floral or geometric elements. Whether you are looking for a tribal rug with bold colors or a sophisticated floral rug with soft curvilinear designs, you can be sure to find what you are looking for in our selection of Persian rugs.
Handmade Oriental rugs are well-known to be long-wearing and durable, but eventually the pile will wear down, the colors may fade, moths may get at the edges under furniture and ends might start unraveling. Well, all hope is not lost and you do not have to throw your prized carpet and family heirloom into the dumpster. From pillows to wall hangings there are many options for your antique Oriental rugs.
1. Make Pillows
We recently got two beautiful pillows made from an antique Persian rug and an antique Caucasian rug. This is one of my favorite uses of worn antique Oriental rugs. You can either do this yourself if you’ve made pillows before, or you can take your rug to a local rug repair-person who may be able to do it or will recommend someone.
Antique Persian Rug Pillow
2. Hang it up
When your rug has had too much traffic and becomes a tripping hazard on your floor, hang it up! Check out our How to Hang a Rug guide if it’s your first time or if you need to refresh your memory. Rugs on a wall make a stunning addition and conversation piece to neutral spaces.
Semi-Antique Persian Lilihan rug hanging on a wall
3. Frame fragments
Recently I saw a collection of framed scrap pieces of wallpaper. Rather than wallpaper you could use rug fragments for a textured feel.
4. Use it as a coffee or side table cover if it is thin
If your rug has worn down or is thin enough like an antique Caucasian rug, you can use it as a coffee table runner or cut it down to fit a side table under a lamp.