Pazyryk rug

Hidden Treasure in Persian Carpets

The knotted carpet came  into being during an early period and was created by nomadic populations seeking a way to protect themselves from direct contact with the ground and also of not damaging the skin of their precious animals. These nomadic people introduced the carpet to the population in villages and cities, who appropriated and created it in accordance to a precise aesthetic need. There was a desire to decorate the interiors of permanent dwellings. In 1947, excavations in the Pazyryk valley of the Altai mountains in Siberia uncovered a beautiful wool carpet, knotted and thickly decorated, that had been encased in a block of ice and which had thus been perfectly preserved.
The Oriental carpet is composed of an infinity of motifs, designs and colours.. There are eight large basic groups and correspond to eight geographical areas, each of which reveals its own particular character. The great regions that form the geography of the oriental carpet are Anatolia, the Caucasus, Persia (Iran), Western Turkestan and Eastern Turkestan (Central Asia), Pakistan, India and China.

Flamingo showroom

Today, carpets are made in large quantities, but those of high artistic quality that display very intricate and finely knotted designs are limited in number. The price of these when available are high and getting higher due to their scarcity. The most famous city workshop carpets are the Persian carpets with floral motifs. The Persian carpet demonstrated an independence, exploiting the decorative inspiration previously achieved by the other Persian Arts such as in books and ceramics.  The most established workshops are from Tabriz, Isfahan, Qum, Kashan and Kerman, where highly trained craftsmen are employed to create finely knotted pieces. Other production areas in Iran with strong carpet traditions are Senneh, Bidjar, Hamadan, Meshad and Melayar.
Four basic characteristics can be established and these represent four major types of production centres. The nomadic type, the small village workshop, the specialised city workshop, and finally the great court atelier, therefore creating from simplest to most complicated and intricate motifs, and above all curvilinear designs and with varied colours harmoniously matched.
Carpet Inn, carries these works of art, each one a blend of history and design that is beautifully timeless, offering a huge range of hand knotted Persians, Afghans, Caucasians, Central Asian, Pakistani and Indian carpets.
Posted in Blog.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *