Who doesn’t like walking on a soft, Persian rug? You won’t find a nicer nor a softer rug anywhere in the world.

Have you ever stopped to wonder how far back Persian rugs go? Clearly, they must be older than most, considering the name ‘Persian Rug.’ But how far back is it exactly?

In this article, we’re going to take brief glance at the history of Persian rugs. Read on if you’re interested!

Invention of Weaving

You can’t have a rug without a basic knowledge of weaving. Persia was introduced to weaving in 529 B.C. It was first used to create flooring for tents. Persians moved around a lot in those days and mass migration was quite common.

It wasn’t until much later that this weaving technique was developed to make rugs. There’s a huge variety of things that can be created with the weaving technique. However, you’ll see in the Persian rugs we have today the wealth of history and culture that comes with them.

To truly understand how valuable the Persian rugs are now, we have to go all the way back to when they were first crafted.

The Beginnings of Persian Rugs

We know that the Persian rug goes back as far as 224 A.D during the Sassanid Dynasty. (Around 700 years after the weaving technique was first introduced to the Persians) The Persian rug was welcomed and many strove to get them in their own homes.

However, this is not the time where Persian rugs really shined. It took more than 1000 years for Persian rugs to reach their peak. In the Safavid Dynasty, somewhere between the 15 to 1700s, Persian rugs were trending like nothing else. People were starting to really the value in purchasing a rug that would last for their entire lives and beyond.

Believe it or not, Persian rugs are made so well and cared for so delicately that some of the rugs made back in the 1700s are still in use today, more than 300 years later!

The Persian rugs were originally made as carpets by professionals. Artists would take the unique patterns made on these carpets and have them made into rugs by the weavers of those days. The weavers made these rugs so well that they were worth ten times the original carpeting job.

The Persian Knot

The Persian knot is also known as the Senneh knot or the Assymetrical knot. The basic method is to loop wool thread together assymetrically. The final loop will hang loosely at the outer edge of the knot. Following this, two more threads will be threaded through, closing the gap. When you complete a Persian rug, these knots are woven together to make a closely knit final product.

The Senneh knot is one of two popular knot methods invented in Persia. The Senneh knot was invented by the people of the country now known as Iran, while the other knot, the Ghiordes knot was invented by the Turks.

The Senneh knot is the one used in all Persian rugs. While each rug is unique in design, the actual weaving process is identical.

Persian Rugs of Today

Persian rugs have grown in diversity to the point where you can almost guarantee that there’s one out there that fits perfectly with your room aesthetic. Persian rugs show an interesting diversity over the past 300 years. The difference between an Arabdil and Bakshaish rug designs is huge.

No matter where you look, there’s a unique Persian rug that’s worth ten times or even one hundred times more than it was when first made. (Depending on age, condition, and historical significance)

Modern Persian rugs are still made in the exact same way as they were hundreds of years ago; by hand. Hand-made Persian rugs can take months or even a full year to complete a single piece. Regardless of time, these are the rugs that last hundreds of years without any sign of wear and tear.

Wouldn’t you like to own a historically significant Persian rug which may still be around when your great-grandchildren have families of their own? After hearing about these things, I went out and got one immediately. The question is, will you?

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