The Oriental Rug: Origin to Modern Day

Oriental Rug in Modern Day Room

Renaissance Era Painting Containing an Oriental Rug

Oriental rugs are the cultural symbols of Asia, especially South Asia, Far, and Middle East. The modern-day antique rugs of oriental origin are results of thousands of years of evolution in designs and patterns,that said, the basic weaving methods remain identical throughout the centuries. The original Oriental Rugs were exported from the ancient Silk Road to many parts of Europe and then on to the New World. Oriental Rugs had their greatest demand in the early 17th century in Europe while the Middle East and Central Asia were the sole producers of Oriental Rugs. 

As of now, almost all the Oriental Rug designs include Islamic carvings and the wreathed patterns inspired by the flora of Eastern Islamic countries. The geometrical shapes fantasized by the Muslim mathematicians and masons of the golden Islamic age are still depicted in the modern-day carpet industry, especially in Turkey and Iran. The handmade carpets are weaved in such a way that it will almost never resemble another in any way, even the colors and patterns will always differ even in “identical” rugs created by the same Artisan.

Records show, the very first Oriental Rug was spun and weaved before 500 B.C!

Today, Rugs are commonly preferred as a floor covering and they are occasionally hung on walls for decoration to enhance interior design as well. As for oriental rugs, they are entirely handmade making them unique and primarily expensive. Oriental Rug usage is ultimately limited to drawing rooms, studies or offices; as it adds a classy look to the living space with a completeness that defines each nook of your space. Oriental rugs create a visual appealing environment with their thick furs and knot density, it keeps the room cozy with its ability to absorb and maintain the heat and if it ever becomes to priceless or too expensive to cover the floor, hang it on the wall for an elegant art piece!

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The Origins of Rug Weaving

The origins of rug weaving dates back earliest to the 6000 B.C. as it replaced the animal skin and fur for floor coverings. The woven rug was exclusive to wealthy elite centuries ago; the industry was developed only a few centuries ago with Europe’s industrial revolution followed by other nations. The expensive commodity, as it was, is now a necessity of a common household. The history of carpet and rug production was dominated by Central Asia, especially Persia. The cities of Kashan and Kerman were the most renowned of them all that now constitute modern Iran. 

There are evidence of rug weaving from Central Asia to the South Asia and to the Chinese territory. An important discovery of a hand-woven pazyryk rug found in Mongolia in 1960 dates back to 464 B.C. it is evident from the fact that rug making art traveled from Central Asia to South Asia and then China as early as 500 B.C. In Europe, it was the ambitious European voyagers to the Middle East to introduce rugs and carpets to the shores of River Seine. Subsequently, Europe opened up to the Arab World after the Crusades that brought everything to Europe including the art of rug weaving. 

In India, Mughals were the first to cover their Palace floorings with the expensive wool and silk rug, it was adopted by Kashmiri craftsmen and is still being produced in the same quality and designs. After the Renaissance, everything changed, so were the methods of carpet weaving. Manual machines made it easier and faster to weave rugs that was further improved with the heavy industry being set up in England and then Europe and rest of the World. Once fantasized a luxury, rugs and carpets are common for floor coverings everywhere. The expensive wool and silk is replaced with synthetic fibers such as polypropylene, nylon, or polyester to meet the consumer needs. 

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Which Countries Do Handmade Rugs Come From?

If you are an avid Persian rug collector then you would know that not all rugs are exactly the same. They boast with different and unique patterns, and even though two rugs look alike, the difference is definitely in the detail. Persian rugs have a rich history and it is rooted in several countries that are mostly found in the Middle East. Here the handmade-carpet industry is booming and some countries have become extremely famous for the carpets their weavers have delivered. Here are some of the top countries that produce excellent quality rugs.

Iran

The country formerly known as Persia, can be seen as the starting point of Persian and oriental carpets. Silk merchants traded their way through the country, enabling citizens to draw inspiration from their ideas and to create their own items. Many people make the mistake that all Persian carpets come from Iran and this is simply not true. It is an easy mistake to make when one realizes the influence that spread from this country once carpets started being produced. The people of Persia valued their carpet-making skills and today it is an integral part of Iranian culture. 

Afghanistan

Situated in Southern Asia, Afghanistan is home to many different tribes like the Tadjics, the Hazars, and the Uzbekis. These ethnic groups have produced wonderful carpets over the centuries that can actually be seen as relics. Two of the most famous carpets ever created came from Afghanistan. The first one is the Khal Mohammadi which was made by the Turkomans in Northern Afghanistan. It boasts with rich dark red colours and patterns depicting elephants. The second one is the Afghan Aqche, made by the Turkomans in central and northern Afghanistan. These carpets contain horse hair, wool, cotton, and silk. 

Pakistan

Carpet manufacturing in Pakistan began the same way as in India and when the country was separated from India, many weavers chose to live in Pakistan. Many of them got work when the government supported the importing of silk. Today Pakistani carpet weavers still weave with their hands but they are mainly exported to Australia. It is often sold at a cheaper price compared to its Persian counterparts. 

These three countries were the pavers on the road to oriental rug making and they still play an integral part in the carpet-making process today. 

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