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The Encyclopedia of Persian and Oriental Carpets
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Picture of the Day
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The Eloquent Carpet, 2007

Bahram Beizai, Persian Carpet
Featured Article
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Egyptian weavers reproduced Oriental designs from Sultanabad and Serapi in Iran, and from Amritsar in India. These styles are still fashionable today and are in demand by decorators and consumers.

Egypt today is an active Oriental rug supplier to the world market. The quality of recent Egyptian carpets ranges from medium to fine in grade. The dimensions range from approximately nine feet by six feet to oversize living room formats. A small percentage of scatter rugs up to six feet by four feet and runners are also made.(Full article...)
Book of the Week
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An Illustrated Guide to Making Oriental Rugs
'Author: Gordon W. Scott

An Illustrated Guide to Making Oriental Rugs, create by Gordon W. Scott. This book takes the mystery out of this centuries-old art form by illustrating, in detailed steps, how to build a loom and handknot a rug as fine and intricate as those originating in the Middle East and the Orient. This unique book is a comprehensive self-instruction manual, written for both the diligent beginner and the experienced weaver, as well as the needlepoint devotee searching for challenging new designs.
In the News
  • Collector Rugs at Austria Auction Company

Austria Auction Company will hold their next auction ‘Collector Rugs VI – No Reserve’ 14 August 2021 at 4pm. This auction includes 232 antique rugs and textiles.

The preview at Palais Breuner in Vienna will be open for the public 11-13 August from 11am to 5pm and 14 August from 11am to 4pm.
Did You Know...
  • ... Hosseinabad rugs have semigeometric designs in medallion or allover layouts?
  • ... Nehavand rugs have a cotton foundation and a wool pile tied with the Turkish knot?
  • ... Tehran carpet tonality is particularly apparent in their red, light blue, and gold fields?
  • ... The Mehraban designs have a geometric, village style featuring multiple medallions with tribal ornaments?
  • ... Bakhshaish carpets are categorized in the Heriz rug group?
  • ... Early Bidjars sometimes used tribal motifs and animals along with traditional designs?
  • ... Kerman master weavers were known to sign their name on the top portion of carpet borders?
  • ... Songhor formats range from small bag faces to rugs approximately seven feet by four feet six inches?
Rug of the Day
About WikiRug

Wiki Rug or WikiRug is a bilingual Online Encyclopedia of Persian and Oriental Carpets, based on open collaboration through a wiki-based content editing system. This encyclopedia covers the diverse forms that the art and craft of handmade rug taken over centuries across the world, particularly in Persia (Iran), Afghanistan, India, Anatolia (Turkey), and central Asia. The entries of WikiRug will include but not limited to the following: general terminology, weaving tools, technique and materials, carpet styles, designs, patterns, motifs, carpet production origins (counties, regions, cities, villages), research materials (books, magazines, websites), carpet market and industry, as well as individuals (designers, master weavers, artisans, researchers). (more...)

Gilan - Rudabr RugMazandaran - Kelardasht RugGolestan - Turkoman RugArdabil - Ardabil RugEast Azerbayjan - Tabriz RugWest Azerbayjan - Khoy RugZanjan - Zanjan RugQazvin - Qazvin RugAlborz - Taleghan RugTehran - Tehran RugSemnan - Semnan RugKordestan - Sanandaj RugHamadan - Hamadan RugMarkazi - Arak RugQum - Qum RugIsfahan - Isfahan RugYazd - Yazd RugKerman - Kerman RugSistan Baluchestan - Baluch RugKermanshah - Kermanshah RugLorestan - Lori RugChaharmahal and Bakhtiari - Bakhtiari RugKohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad - Yasuj RugFars - Shiraz RugElam - Elam RugKhozestan - Bakhtiari RugBoshehr - Shol RugHormozgan - Hajiabad RugKhorasan - Bojnurd RugKhorasan - Mashad RugKhorasan - Birjand RugPersian rugs is distinguished by its complex and calligraphic nature, emphasizing the design and the line. A curvilinear or floral design is most closely associated with a Persian rug, although geometric designs are used as well. The major production centers can be found in Northwest Persia, Western Persia, Southwestern Persia, Central Persia, Southern Persia, and Eastern Persia.
Persian Rug Map. Clicking on a province in the map causes the browser to load the appropriate article. Use cursor to identify each rug. Created by Niloufar Alipour & Maryam Adivi, this Persian Rug Map is copyright of - © Wiki Rug 2020. All rights reserved.