Persian Rugs are one-of-a-kind works of art that can takes many months to weave and you will never find two exactly alike. Persian rugs can be classified into two main categories: Traditional & Modern. Traditional will have more of the old world colors and patterns seen in ancient Persia whereas with modern you get old world craftsmanship and modern day design
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Some History of Persian and Oriental Rugs
THE handicraft which has given us History Oriental Rugs is very ancient. Its origin is unchronicled, but as Egypt has been the mother of so many arts, we may well believe that this one had its origin there; for on the sculptures of Egypt Beni Hassan, dating back twenty-six hundred years before Christ, are designs of carpets not unlike those in use in rug-making, while Diodorus tells us that the Egyptians spread carpets for their sacred bulls to lie upon. Ebers, in Uarda, represents the floors of the apartments of Katuti, which were furnished with royal magnificence, as covered with carpets in which " the foot sank in the thick pile "; and we know that Cleopatra reclined on couches spread with rich carpets as her barge sailed to meet Antony.
Babylonia Babylonia rivaled all ancient countries in her rich textile fabrics, among them carpets made of wool with a pile like the Persian rugs of to-day. Professor Sayce, writing of the Babylonians, says of their carpets: " They were woven in bright varicolored patterns; the figures of men and animals were depicted upon them, and the bas-relief or fresco could be replaced upon the wall by a picture in tapestry."
Persia When Cyrus extended the boundaries of Persia west of the Zagros Mountains that country fell heir to all the arts of the Euphrates Valley, and from that day to the present has maintained a foremost place in the products of the loom, giving to the world the most beautiful carpets ever made. She has been the teacher of Greek, Arab, Turk, Turkoman, Afghan, and Hindu, none of whom has ever surpassed her.
The Greeks of Asia Minor, as early as Homer's time, practised the art of rug-weaving, for in the Odyssey we read: Fair thrones within, from space to space were raised Where various carpets with embroidery blazed, The work of matrons. The Arab was a ready pupil in the textile art, and through him the Moors carried a new industry into Spain, where, in Cordova and Granada, these Saracenic weavers, in a style peculiar to themselves, made most splendid carpets to adorn their palaces and mosques.
The crusaders took back to Europe a knowledge of and a desire for the luxuries of the Orient; and soon, through the Italian cities, Persian carpets found their way to all parts of Europe; and later, in the thirteenth century, through the Spanish ambassadors who preceded Eleanor of Castile, they were taken to England, where, in the royal palaces and cathedrals, they were used as wall decorations and as floor coverings. From that time on Europe has grown in her appreciation of this art, and has come to recognize and highly prize its products. In England Oriental rugs have been popular since the middle of the nineteenth century, when many were made acquainted with Eastern fabrics through the great Exhibition in London in 1851.
America Some of the most beautiful antique rugs are in American home and collections, for the American is rapidly becoming a connoisseur in this art, and all classes are yearly showing a greater interest in it. Few are the homes of taste and refinement where one or more rugs are not found.While the Western world uses rugs uses chiefly as floor coverings, to the Oriental they were the only furniture of his house, serving as carpets along the sides and end of the reception-roomthe center usually being left for the servants who waited upon or entertained the guests; taking the place of divan, pillow, and cushion covers; doing duty as portieres or wall hangings; placed before the open fire as seats of honor, or at the door as a token of welcome ; serving as beds at night, which might be rolled away in the daytime. They gave warmth and cheer and a sense of comfort, as they do with us. The rug has always been used for religious purposes : in the service of the Religious old Egyptian temples, in the. decora- Purpose tion of the walls of the Kaaba before the time of Mohammed, as altar-cloths and as canopies in processions in Christian cathedrals. In the mosques of the Moslems and in the temples of the Buddhists rugs have had a place.