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3 Things That Make Persian Rugs Special and Worth Buying

Persian Sultanabad rug.

One of the things that Persians are celebrated and known for are their carpets. Their inimitable weaving techniques and designs have long been revered by collectors and designers. In fact, Persian rugs have become so highly sought after that traders and merchants from hundreds of years ago willingly traveled long distances to acquire them. What is even more remarkable is that even today, these rugs travel thousands of miles to adorn beautiful homes all over the world.  

Here are the three things that make these rugs special: 

Finest Natural Weaving Materials

Persian rugs are made using only the finest natural materials like wool, cotton or silk. Antique or older pieces were commonly made of wool since most of them were used for warmth and protection from the element. Wool is super durable and hard wearing which is why Persian rugs can last for hundreds of years, especially when they are properly handled and preserved. 

Abrash

The colors in these carpets also make them standout. Persian weavers use natural dyes extracted from plants, insects, and minerals to dye their work. This practice has earned Persian rugs a reputation for being one-of-a-kind as there are no two rugs that look the same due to coloring effects. People familiar with this call it ‘abrash’ or color variation.

Abrash in Arabic means ‘mottled or speckled’ which can be considered an imperfection when talking about color consistency. This is not the case with Persian rugs. On the contrary, it’s become one of the most important features of handmade rugs that experts look at when appraising a rug’s value.

Color variations or abrash is caused by using different batches of the same dyes. Since Persian rugs are handwoven which takes a long time to finish, weavers only prepare dyes in small batches. This results in different shades of a color dye applied to a rug. It’s what makes these rugs so unique especially when placed under different lighting setups.         

Carefully Knotted by Hand

Authentic Persian carpets are always hand knotted. Each piece is a work of art that is carefully handwoven by expert weavers in the region. Hence, each rug takes time to make. Some take months, others years to make large and oversize area rugs.

While it’s common knowledge that artisanal products are deemed more valuable owing to skill and lengthy production time, it’s worth noting that rug weaving is an artform that has been handed down in Persian families for centuries. And considering how advanced the world has become, especially in manufacturing, it’s only a matter of time until it’s forgotten or replaced.    


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