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A Persian 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.

Persian carpets and rugs of various types were woven in parallel by nomadic tribes, in village and town workshops, and by royal court manufactories 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 manufactories of Isfahan during the sixteenth century are famous for their elaborate colours and artistical 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 manufactories which was kept alive during the entire duration of the Persian Empire up to the last royal dynasty of Iran.

Carpets woven in towns and regional centers like Tabriz, Kerman, Mashhad, Kashan, Isfahan, Nain and Qom are characterized by their specific weaving techniques and use of high-quality materials, colours and patterns. Town manufactories like those of Tabriz have played an important historical role in reviving the tradition of carpet weaving after periods of decline. Rugs woven by the villages and various tribes of Iran are distinguished by their fine wool, bright and elaborate colours, and specific, traditional patterns. Nomadic and small village weavers often produce rugs with bolder and sometimes more coarse designs, which are considered as the most authentic and traditional rugs of Persia, as opposed to the artistic, pre-planned designs of the larger workplaces. Gabbeh rugs are the best-known type of carpet from this line of tradition.

The art and craft of carpet weaving has gone through periods of decline during times of political unrest, or under the influence of commercial demands. It particularly suffered from the introduction of synthetic dyes during the second half of the nineteenth century. Carpet weaving still plays a major part in the economy of modern Iran. Modern production is characterized by the revival of traditional dyeing with natural dyes, the reintroduction of traditional tribal patterns, but also by the invention of modern and innovative designs, woven in the centuries-old technique. Hand-woven Persian carpets and rugs were regarded as objects of high artistic and utilitarian value and prestige from the first time they were mentioned by ancient Greek writers, until today.

Although the term “Persian carpet” most often refers to pile-woven textiles, flat-woven carpets and rugs like Kilim, Soumak, and embroidered tissues like Suzani are part of the rich and manifold tradition of Persian carpet weaving.

In 2010, the “traditional skills of carpet weaving” in Fārs and Kashan were inscribed to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists.

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Afshar

$1,000.00
Size 5.03x6.08 (ft)
SKU: 13377
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SKU: 3175
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SKU: 13223
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SKU: 587
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SKU: 1086
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SKU: 585
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SKU: 1055
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SKU: 554
$2,400.00
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SKU: 1229
$4,200.00
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SKU: 1812
$2,000.00
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SKU: 4101
$22,000.00
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SKU: 10596
$2,800.00
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SKU: 13391
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SKU: 11012
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SKU: 1210
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SKU: 13471
$7,000.00
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SKU: 290
$6,400.00
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SKU: 636
$5,600.00
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SKU: 902
$4,200.00
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SKU: 959
$6,400.00
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SKU: 1215
$6,000.00
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SKU: 3229
$13,000.00
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SKU: 3254
$3,600.00
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SKU: 3291
$3,200.00
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SKU: 3292
$5,000.00
Size 9.07x12 (ft)
SKU: 3497
$17,200.00
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SKU: 5235
$7,600.00
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SKU: 5254
$7,600.00
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SKU: 5269
$8,000.00
Size 8.08x11.08 (ft)
SKU: 5624
$5,000.00
Size 10.03x13.06 (ft)
SKU: 13235
$9,000.00
Size 11x17.01 (ft)
SKU: 1004W
$1,200.00
Size 7.03x10.11 (ft)
SKU: KB8744
$24,000.00
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SKU: 5264
$5,200.00
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SKU: 678
$12,000.00
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SKU: 4351
$24,000.00
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SKU: 12002
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SKU: 13221
$24,000.00
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SKU: 14000
$5,000.00
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SKU: 2503
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Ardebil

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Size 2.05x8.08 (ft)
SKU: 13394
$1,200.00
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SKU: 52

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