Persia, the ancient Persian name of Iran , boasts to be the world’s most superior culture in carpet manufacturing. The art of weaving and dying is inherited and carpets of all styles and sizes are made here. A Persian carpet or Persian rug also known as Iranian carpet is a heavy textile, made for a wide variety of utilitarian and symbolic purpose, produced in Iran (historically known as Persia), for home use, local sale, and export.
Carpet weaving is an essential part of Persian culture and Iranian art. Within the group of Oriental rugs produced by the countries of the so-called “rug belt”, the Persian carpet stands out by the variety and elaborateness of its manifold designs.
The carpets manufactured in the country are often named after the area where they are made, for example Hamadan, Mashad, Kerman, Shiraz and Bijar. The carpets can also be named after different ethnic groups like the Ghashghais.
Persian carpets and rugs of various types were woven in parallel by nomadic tribes, in village and town workshops, by royal court manufactures alike. As such, they represent different, simultaneous lines of tradition, and reflect the history of Iran and its various peoples.
The carpets woven in the Safavid court manufactures of Isfahan during the sixteenth century are famous for their elaborate colors and statistical design, and are treasured in museums and private collections all over the world today. Their patterns and designs have set an artistic tradition for court manufactures which was kept alive during the entire duration of the Persian Empire up to the last royal dynasty of Iran.
TEHRAN – Iran exported over $560 million worth of handmade carpets to 80 countries in the past calendar year, which ended on March 19, the ISNA News Agency reported. According to the Customs Administration data, the carpet exports rose by 0.8 percent in value, but decreased by 15.4 percent in weight, compared to the year before.
If you have been thinking about getting handmade Persian rugs as decorations for your home then there are some things you should know before you start to buy.
Quality Persian rugs are available, but you need to know what distinguishes quality Persian rugs from all other handmade Persian rugs. Quality Persian carpets are made with the best materials. The type of wool, cotton, or silk, threads used to weave the Persian rugs usually have better quality and craftsmanship compare to rug made in different parts of the globe.
The dyes that are used when the fibers for the rug are being colored help to decide if the carpet will be of high quality or not. Some dyes fade or bleed when they are gotten wet and some dyes are steadfast. The higher quality the dye is the higher quality the carpet it colors will be. Some weavers use only natural ingredients to make their dyes for their pieces.
These rugs will sometimes fade somewhat over time, but they tend to take on a warmer look as they fade. They actually look better as they fade and age than they did when they were first crafted.
Art is the best language for international communication and showing the culture. Persian carpet is very famous in whole of the world, but if you like to touch this unique Persian culture and feel it truly should travel to Iran and visit Tehran carpet museum. It’s opened in 1976 with 3,400 square meters and its library contains 7,000 books. Its the best time to visit all amazing unique items of this Museum specially its located in old part of Tehran and can reach to most historical sites of capital easily..