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The Encyclopedia of Persian and Oriental Carpets
357 articles in English
Picture of the Day
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Turkoman Rug

Peyman Hamidipour
Featured Article
Farahan rugs are hand woven in the north of the Markazi (formerly Arak) Province, located in west central Iran. Farahan is actually a collection of farm towns and small villages with a long and illustrious history of weaving magnificent tribal traditional rugs. In many western countries today, Farahan rugs are known and sold as Mahal, from the city of Mahallat in the district of Farahan. The traditional rugs from this region are of the highest quality and in great demand the world over. The Sarouk is one of the most famous traditional rugs produced in the region. Tribal people meticulously weave Farahan traditional rugs to exacting specifications using the asymmetrical knot. The Persian (asymmetric) knot is invariably used in all weavings. They are made from very good to very fine in grade quality.(Full article...)
Book of the Week
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Oriental Rugs: An Illustrated Lexicon of Motifs, Materials, and Origins
Author: Peter F. Stone (translated from Persian to English by Jalaedin Basam)

The Oriental Rugs: An Illustrated Lexicon of Motifs, Materials, and Origins book by Peter F. Stone, Lavishly illustrated with over 1000 photographs and drawings, it offers clear and precise definitions for the rug and textile terms in use across a broad swath of the globe—from Morocco to Turkey, Persia, the Caucasus region, Central Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and China. Covering priceless museum-quality rug traditions as well as modern centers of production, Oriental Rugs: An Illustrated Lexicon of Motifs, Materials, and Origins draws on classical scholarship as well as current terminology in use among producers and traders in these areas today. It focuses primarily on the rich hand-knotting and hand-weaving traditions of the Near East and Central Asia, but also includes some examples of Scandinavian and Native American weavings.
In the News
  • Christies Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds including Oriental Rugs and Carpets

Christies coming auction ‘Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds Including Oriental Rugs and Carpets’ 1 April 2021 at 11 am. in London includes 62 carpet lots, and among them some very old rugs and carpets.

Among the highlights of this auction is an early 17th century silk and metal-thread Safavid ‘Polonaise’ carpet (lot 129), with an estimate of 1.500.000 – 2.000.000 GBP. Other highlights include a first half 17th century Kirman ‘Vase’ fragment (lot 147 A) with an estimate of 400.000 – 600.000 GBP and a composite rug formed by a 16th century Safavid Tabriz carpet border (lot 128) with an estimate of 15.000 – 20.000 GBP.
Did You Know...
  • ... You should always block sunlight from hitting the rug as often as you can?
  • ... It is usually best to shoot for rotating every one to two months, if the rug is located in a high traffic area?
  • ... Flip the rug end over end to allow the fringe to straighten out more naturally?
  • ... It is usually best to turn off the beater bar when vacuuming your Oriental rug?
  • ... When you place padding beneath your Oriental rug, it helps to keep it stabilized, protect the shape of the rug, and reduce wrinkling?
  • ... Moisture buildup on your rug can have devastating effects in the form of mold and mildew growth?
  • ... Hang your Oriental rug out to dry outside for a few hours every six months?
  • ... You can re-fresh the surface by wiping the rug down with a cloth or sponge that has been dampened with cold water?
Rug of the Day
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Prayer Gabbeh, 1980, Lors of Nahavand weave

Parviz Tanavoli Collection
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.