Scandinavian rugs are rarely mentioned in the same breath as Persian and Oriental rugs but they’ve been around since the fourteenth century AD. They not only rival the beauty of old carpet favorites but also played a significant role in the cultural evolution of Scandinavian countries such as Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Sweden.
Like all popular things in... Read More
Turkish rugs are among the finest in the world and its history will reveal how it has evolved from being an essential nomadic household implement to being a highly sought after piece of art that collectors and homeowners are willing to shell out a fortune for.
Origin of Turkish Rugs
While it’s clear that rug weaving was already present in... Read More
Uzbek carpets are well-known products of Uzbekistan, carpet weaving is inseparably tied with other arts and crafts in the Uzbek tradition. In Uzbekistan almost all homes are decorated with rugs, some pieces even replace furniture and cover walls. Today, these will often be factory-made synthetic rugs, however, traditionally they would have been handwoven in each village locally. Each... Read More
Mongolian Rugs have a long history going back to the Mongol
period in China. Unfortunately, very few if any early antique rugs of this kind
are actually conserved. Yet we can find evidence of their existence embodied in
Chinese manuscripts, where they appear familiar style that is still produced
and represented to this day.
Mongolian carpets are unlike many other countries that have
their... Read More
Harewood House in West Yorkshire, England
English rugs began production around the late 16th century and early 17th Century. Central areas for their creation were located in Axminster, Wilton, and Kidderminster. Characteristic patterns on these antique rugs include deep golden colors, asymmetrical schemes, coat of arms designs and adaptations of blossoms and vines. The English love of flower gardens is... Read More
The wool rug has been around in Morocco since the Stone Age but it wasn’t until the mid-20th century when top designers from the West discovered its ‘primitive’ beauty and began using it in prestigious projects. It not only sparked the ‘Moroccan’ style interior design movement but also spawned a copycat industry of cheap Morocco rugs. Understanding its origins... Read More
Custom-made rug creation by Jürgen Dahlmanns. Available in Dallas via Arsin Rug Gallery (Photo courtesy of Rug Star Rugs)
Persian rugs can liven up any space which is why many interior designers love using them for their projects. But unlike furniture and other home decors, it’s more challenging to change a rug. For one, all handwoven carpets are one-of-a-kind so... Read More
Cotopaxi Province, Ecuador
The Andes Mountains separate Ecuador into three sections: humid lowlands, temperate highlands, and tropical rainforests. Among the regions, half of the population lives in the coastal lowlands. Typical Industries accounting for Ecuador’s economy are oil, fishing, coffee, bananas, textiles, and metalwork.
Ecuador is not well known for its rug and carpet weaving industry; however, textiles have been present... Read More
Al Ahram, Egypt
Early Egyptian rug weaving can be separated into two ages: the Mamluks and Ottomans. Egypt’s supreme period of rug weaving was during the rule of Mamluks from the fifteenth century until the early sixteenth century. Mamluk sultans were known for their abundant supporters of the Islamic arts and the era of their reign was reflected to be... Read More
Fars Province, Shiraz, Iran ( Photo by Steven Su on Unsplash)
Every rug trader in the world knows for a fact that without Persian rugs, the entire carpet industry will not exist, especially in the United States and Europe. It’s therefore paramount to any historical discussion about rugs and carpets to trace its origins to Iran or what was known in the... Read More