Persian Carpets - Popular Styles

There are numerous styles of Persian carpets. In fact there are over 300 different variations. The following is a summary of some of the most popular ones:

1. Tabriz - these rugs are known worldwide for their exceptional quality. They have many unique designs, but the typical pattern is filled with dense floral motifs, large palmettes, vases, or vivid hunting scenes or pictorials in the field. These patterns for Tabriz rugs can be with or without a medallion, and geometric designs are also seen.

The material used for the pile of Tabriz rugs are wool, silk, or a combination of the two. A beautiful blend of fine Kurk wool and silk is the most common in fine Tabriz rugs, with wool only used in those of medium quality.

2. Isfahan - this rug is hand knotted with wool/silk on a cotton foundation. It's main color is Sea Green with a Burgundy border. The trademark design of an Isfahan rug is the sinuous curvilinear pattern. Patterns include pictorial and tree-of-life schemes, as well as the Shah Abbas field with its floral vines.

The knotting on these rugs should be fine and even throughout. The patterns should be symmetrical. The master weaver will plan a Isfahan rug design before any work is begun.

3. Nain - Nain rugs and carpets have curvilinear patterns. Their unique characteristic is their single medallion set in a blue or ivory background. They are woven on cotton, or on silk of varying degrees of quality, and are mostly beige and blue, with stunning silken highlights. The blues can vary from the deepest midnight to the palest sky. This rug is a favorite among collectors.

4. Kerman - these rugs tend to be large in size, typically 10X18 feet. However, smaller size Kerman rugs are available. Kerman rugs and carpets have many different designs. The kerman rugs traditional pattern is a floral or architectural theme in the main border and central medallion. This is typically contrasted with an open field of solid cranberry red, navy blue or other strong colors.

This is just a small sample of the types of Persian rugs that are available. There are numerous sites on the Internet that have full color pictures of each of these. Decide for yourself which one you like the best.

About The Author

Jeff Brokob is a freelance writer providing tips and advice for consumers buying Persian rugs of all types including Oriental carpets, antique and contemporary rugs. His numerous articles offer money saving tips and valuable insight on typically confusing topics.

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