Tradition always remains an inexhaustible source of inspiration for all kinds of designers around the world. Persian and Oriental rugs are a truthful proof to that. But, the problem nowadays is that people often confuse Persian and Oriental rugs and believe them to be one and same thing.
Is this true? Is there no difference between them at all? It is true that both Persian and Oriental rugs look very similar to one another, but their differences are, believe it or not, massive. The realms of the Persian and Oriental can be very confusing for those who aren’t familiar with their differences.
The Story Of The Persian Rugs
Persian rugs were originally made in Persia, now known as Iran. Besides the origin of the Persian rugs, Persia, in general, is the homeland of all civilization – a fact that we already know from history lessons in high school.
Various techniques of arts and crafts were known to the Persians, who were very skillful, creative and worked very precise. The product of their extensive knowledge is their famous and very detailed, high-quality rug designs.
They used different techniques of producing rugs that were mainly with high knot counts. Nowadays, centuries after their first appearance in the world’s history, people are still interested in decorating their homes with Persian rugs. They have become evergreen in the area of the design.
What Does The Oriental Rug Want To Say?
You just need to keep one thing in mind: all of the Persian rugs are Oriental. However, not all Oriental rugs are Persian. Oriental rugs originate from ‘Oriental countries.’ Iran is one of them, as well as: Turkey, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, India, and China. Decorating with Oriental carpets have become a fashion statement in homes these days.
The Persian Knot
The knotting techniques that artists use for producing a Persian type of rug gives a vibrant, tactile and luxurious outlook to the carpet. Many different techniques and types of knots are used for producing this kind of ‘art in a single rug.’ One needs loads of patience along with the creativity and crafts.
The Persian knot is the most famous technique used for rug-threading. Actually, it is an asymmetrical knot that is open to one side. It doesn’t leave gaps in between and allows precise shaping to nearly all that a person can imagine for the design of the rug. Rugs that are made using this kind of knot have bulky and rich surfaces that can look very massive, but indeed are as soft as cotton.
The Persian knot has all the merits and is considered for one of the best rugs in the world. Persian rugs can be made out of wool or silk. They can use natural or bamboo silk, but we must admit that nowadays, there are hundreds of Persian rug replicas that use synthetic materials to imitate something that has a crucial value for the whole civilization. An original Persian rug would never be made out of Nylon, Acrylic or Viscose – only wool or silk could be used in the process of producing this kind of art.