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Picture of the Day
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Qashqaei Carpet

Hasan Moghimi
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Featured Article
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Early Chinese carpets are simple in design and perfectly drawn. The motifs were strongly influenced by Buddhism and were commonly painted on decorative objects, especially ceramics. The carpets were made for daily use or pillar decorations in temples and palaces. Early Chinese carpets have a cotton or silk foundation and a wool pile. Rare examples of silk pile carpets are found in the antique trade and at auction. The Persian (asymmetric) knot was always employed. The designs were woven in medallion or allover styles. Some carpets were made with several medallions in the field with a circular or moon-shaped design.(Full article...)
Book of the Week
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The Museum of Islamic Art in Berlin boasts one of the oldest collections of Islamic Art in Europe, and an incomparable collection of some 500 knotted carpets from the Islamic world. Knots: Art & History presents a selection of 45 of the best, most unique carpets in that collection, illustrated in stunning detail. Featuring objects made from the 14th through the 17th centuries in Spain, Egypt, Anatolia, the Ottoman Empire, the Caucasus, Persia and India, this publication shows the breadth and depth of the Berlin collection.

The selected carpets narrate the collection’s own eventful history, from the early 20th-century birth of European research into Islamic Art and Wilhelm von Bode’s foundation of the museum through the Cold War–era division of the collection and its 2001 reunification. This volume presents the Berlin Museum’s reunited carpet collection for the first time in English.
In the News
  • Carpets, Rugs and Textiles at Netherhampton Salerooms 23-29 June
Netherhampton Salerooms summer sale of Carpets, Rugs and Textiles will be an on-line timed auction opening on Thursday, 23 June 2022 at 10a.m. and closing on Wednesday, 29 June 2022 starting with lot 1 at 10a.m. There are 308 lots in the sale.
Did You Know...
  • ... that Polonaise carpets have silk pile, cotton warps and are brocaded with gold or silver thread in some parts?
  • ... that Polonaise carpets often have light colors such as light green and blue, losing their original colors over time?
  • ... that Isfahan rugs the kork and silk rugs now woven, is one of the finest Iranian rugs?
  • ... that Nain rugs and carpets have a cotton foundation, a high-quality wool pile, and silk outlines for the design elements?
  • ... Bakhtiari nomads mainly weave flatwoven items, often with part-pile sections, for daily use, such as grain storage bags, transport bags, Khorjin (saddlebags), animal covers, tent coverings, Namakdan (salt) bags, Paneer (cheese) bags, tobacco bags, and shepherd bags?
Rug of the Day
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Farhad Sqeezing Lemon I, 1975, Kashan weave

Parviz Tanavoli Collection
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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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