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Jozan is a town in the Arak (Markazi) Province of west-central Iran and is located near the famous weaving village of Sarouk. Jozan rugs dating from as early as World War I are known in the market. The rugs are categorized as Sarouks because of the similarity in textures; at times they are called "Jozan Sarouk" in the trade.

Jozan rug designs are semi geometric and frequently have a pendant-shaped medallion in the center and a stylized quarter-medallion in each corner of the background. The field has an all-over style of vines with blossoming flowers, flower sprays, and leaves.(Full article...)
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Published on the occasion of an important international loan exhibition at The Azerbaijan National Museum in Baku, this multi-author book is much more than a mere catalog. Containing previously unpublished research and a wealth of previously hidden material from museums and private collections around the world, and written by a team of international museum professionals and independent scholars, it is the first coordinated and detailed study of the West Caspian region's characteristic silk embroideries. The book traces the history of embroidery in the Caucasus, the multi-cultural sources of domestic embroidery, iconography and designs in which the textile traditions of the Iranian and Turkic worlds meet, materials and needlework techniques, as well as the relationship between embroidery and the pile carpet weaving tradition in the region.
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  • Carpets, Rugs and Textiles at Netherhampton Salerooms

Netherhampton Salerooms first sale this year of Carpets, Rugs and Textiles will be an On-line Timed Auction opening at 10a.m. on Thursday 23 March 2023 and closing on Wednesday 29 March 2023.

  • ‘Art Underfoot – Rugs & Carpets’ at Bonhams Skinner
Bonhams Skinner will host an online sale ‘Art Underfoot – Rugs & Carpet ’ from 19 March through 29 March 2023. The auction includes 279 lots, and among them antique Caucasian, Anatolian, Persian rugs and more.
Did You Know...
  • ... Louvre Museum, is the world's largest art museum and a historic monument in Paris?
  • ... Spanish carpets were made in medallion or all over styles, with either geometric or floral patterns?
  • ... Vagireh A small rug woven with parts of different designs to show the variety of designs?
  • ... Quchan rugs have a wool foundation and a wool pile?
  • ... Carpet weaving began in Bhadohi during the late Mughal period?
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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.