Among the world’s most recognizable and prized objects, vintage persian rugs with their primal colors and at times seemingly “modern” graphic designs inspire a powerful international following. Whether hand-knotted or machine-tufted, these cultural treasures are revered for their enduring beauty and longevity. The heirloom quality of vintage persian rugs makes them an excellent choice for those looking to add timeless elegance to their homes.
A Persian rug’s origins date back 2,500 years. As a result of their isolation, various areas developed distinct styles and patterns specific to their region. Familiarizing yourself with these traditional motifs can help you quickly identify antique rugs.
To make a rug, weavers tie knots around a warp thread, either the symmetrical Turkish (Ghiordes) or asymmetrical Persian knot. Knots are then woven together to create the pile of the rug. Weft threads are then inserted between the rows of knots to hold the rug in place.
The color of a rug can also give you clues about its age. For example, the dyes used to make a Persian rug were made from plant parts and even dead insects. Over time, these dyes can cause a brown discoloration in the rug’s pile. Examining the pile closely can reveal if this brown discoloration is due to corrosion or wear.
One of the best ways to purchase an antique persian rug is through a reputable online or offline rug dealer. The Doris Leslie Blau Gallery, for example, features a wide range of vintage rugs spanning multiple regions and time periods. Their extensive collection of unique pieces can be viewed in person at 306 E 61st St 7 Floor, New York, NY 10065.