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The Encyclopedia of Persian and Oriental Carpets
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Rugman is a Persian and Oriental rugs online provider, and a third generation of Persian Rugs import/export business founded in 1998 to providing area rugs, witnessing the convergence of centuries old handcrafted tradition with modern technology. Rugman has operations in online Persian and Oriental rugs market both in the United States and Canada.. (Full article...)
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The Persian Carpet Tradition
Author: P. R.J. Ford

The Persian Carpet Tradition book P. R.J. Ford is discibe between 1400 and 1500 a design revolution in Persia swept away a 2000-year-old tradition of carpet design, replacing abstract geometric patterns with complex floral scrolls dominated by a central medallion derived from the Chinese cloud-collar shape. This revolution represents a major event in world art history, comparable to that which occurred at the same time in Renaissance Italy. It was followed over the next four centuries by a second revolution, during which the principal design elements of the first permeated carpet production at every level throughout Persia and continue to dominate it to this day.
In the News
  • Fine Antique Oriental Rugs XXV in Vienna

Austria Auction Company’s next specialist carpet auction ‘Fine Antique Oriental Rugs XXV’ 12 June 2021 at 4pm includes some exclusive antique rugs among the 198 lots.

  • HALI Fair Online, 23-27 June 2021
As virtual events continue to grow in importance and stature, and with international art and antique fairs yet to reopen, HALI is launching HALI Fair Online. The Fair, running online from 23-27 June 2021, will be accompanied by virtual Exhibitions and Events including lectures, interviews and presentations that will highlight lost cultural practices and rarely seen rugs and textiles.
Did You Know...
  • ... Zanjan rugs have a wool foundation and a medium to long wool pile. By the mid-twentieth century the weavers had switched to a cotton foundation?
  • ... Nazmiyal Collection provided carpets for use as backdrops in an exhibition of works by artist Paul Thek at the Whitney Museum?
  • ... The Encyclopedia of Antique Carpets: Twenty-Five Centuries of Weaving features Classic Asiatic sources in the "Rug Belt"—Persia (Iran), Anatolia (Turkey), the Caucasus, China, India, and central Asia—and includes more than six hundred entries on all areas of historic carpet production, ranging from village to city and style to weaver?
  • ... Kathy Ireland Worldwide (kiWW) is an American design and brand marketing company, founded in 1993, by American model and actress Kathy Ireland?
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Tabriz Carpet, (1920), Petag

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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.
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