A Persian rug is one that is made specifically in Iran by skilled artisans. Traditionally, Persian rugs differed from rugs from other countries, such as Turkey, by the style of knot that was used in the fabric weave. A Persian carpet that is smaller than six by four feet is known as a Q-licheh, and a rug that is greater than six by four feet is known as a Q-li, or Farsh. Persian carpets offer an attractive floor covering for any type of room or hallway space. They are durable, comfortable, and feature many different attractive designs, patterns, motifs, and colors.
Persian rugs are most commonly made from wool, although cotton rugs are often seen. There are a variety of different wools that Persian carpets are commonly made from, including camel hair wool, Manchester wool, and Kork wool. Some older, antique rugs are made from silk, although these are very expensive and are less durable than wool rugs. Silk Persian rugs are quite rare and are often displayed as wall hangings instead of used as floor rugs due to their value. Many new rugs are made from less traditional materials, such as silk blends, mercerized cotton, and synthetic fibers like olefin.
Any genuine Persian carpet will feature a label on the back. This identifies the country where the rug was made. A Persian rug is one that is made in Iran. A carpet made in Turkey, Afghanistan, the Caucasus, Pakistan, India, or Nepal is not considered to be a Persian rug; instead, it is commonly referred to as an Oriental rug.
Traditionally, a Persian rug was made using a single looping knot, while a Turkish carpet was made with a double looping knot. However, contemporary Persian carpet makers are more commonly using either of these two types of knots.
Persian rugs are made with particular layouts and designs, and these designs have changed very little throughout history. Many of the designs have been passed down through generations of family carpet weavers. Persian rugs generally feature one of four layout patterns: an all-over layout, a central medallion layout, a compartment layout, and a one-sided layout. Persian rugs also feature particular motifs that have different meanings, and these motifs can be used to identify the region where the rug was made.
At Mansour’s, we offer some of the finest Persian rugs and carpets as part of our collection. All of our Persian rugs are unique and of the highest quality. We have a wide variety of choices including: runner rugs, large area rugs, small area rugs, antique rugs, and contemporary rugs. These are all natural rugs, made in the true tradition and by the hands of families who have made these carpets for generations.