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The Encyclopedia of Persian and Oriental Carpets
371 articles in English
Picture of the Day
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Chaleshtor Carpet. 2020. Pantea Nikzad

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Featured Article
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Whether the carpet is flat-woven or piled, the basic components are the warps, which run from end to end of the rug, and the wefts[4], which are passed from side to side alternately over and under the warps, thus binding them together to produce the foundation of the carpet.

In pile rugs supplementary weft yarns, or “knots”, are wrapped around the warps between the foundation wefts, then cut; the cut ends project on the surface to form the pile and create the design. Knots are generally tied to pairs of warps. The two basic types of knots found in Persian carpets are the symmetrical and the asymmetrical both of which may be open either to the right or, more commonly, to the left.(Full article...)
Book of the Week
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A lavishly illustrated book shows how traditional handmade rugs and carpets have become vehicles for contemporary trends and used in interior design and home decoration. The authors' work in journalism and rug production over the last fifty years equips them with the experiences of the travel writer and the specialist knowledge of leaders in the global rug market.

The developments in the weaving industry in India, Iran, Turkey, China, Turkmenistan, Morocco, Pakistan, and Afghanistan are reviewed as well as the historical and cultural context for change in a book that shines a light on the contemporary rug market in the 21st century.
In the News
  • Nazmiyal March 13th Rug Auction

Nazmiyal Auctions next upcoming antique rug and carpet auction will take place on Sunday 13 March 2022 at 11am. The auction features 156 antique and vintage rugs from variety of estates and Nazmiyal collection. Wieving can take place everyday by advance appointment.

  • Fine Rugs and Carpets Auction at Grogan
Grogan and Company will hold the auction “The Fine Rugs & Carpets Auction” 30 January 2022 at 11.00 pm in Boston. The Fine Rugs & Carpets Auction features a selection of 172 rugs and carpets, and among them antique Caucasian, Persian, Anatolian, Turkmen, Balouch rugs and more. Preview Thursday 27 – Saturday 29 January by appointment.
Did You Know...
  • ... "Serapi" may be a nickname given by American dealers for northwestern Persian Heriz carpets?
  • ... Afshar carpets come in a variety of designs but common designs are Medallion, Shah Abbasi, Afshan, Fish, Gul Farang?
  • ... Haji Orangi is a classic type of Zanjan rural carpet?
  • ... Gholtogh designs have a vast variety woven by mental image?
  • ... Nain weavers are credited with being the first to outline design elements and flowers with silk highlights?
  • ... Qashqa'ies is produced by soaking the skein, which are colored by madder, in dough?
  • ... Kolyai Rugs have a wool or cotton foundation and a wool pile?
  • ... Malayer field colors are mostly reds, ivory, or dark blue, but at times, camel or light blue?
Rug of the Day
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Amogli Carpet. Mashad. 1920

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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.
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 WikiRug.org - © Wiki Rug 2020. All rights reserved.