Persian rugs date back 2500 hundred years and the Persians were well recognized for their exquisite weaving, stimulating colors, distinctive designs and the luxurious fabrics they used in making them.
Similar to Oriental rugs, Persian rugs have grown in popularity and still remain Iran's (old Persia) largest cultural export. Iran's history and culture continue to color and shape the Persian area rugs they export.
Traditionally, sheep's wool was used to create Persian rugs, with some interweaved cotton blends as well. The Persian area rugs created today usually incorporate synthetic fibers to create traditional area rugs at affordable prices.
When buying Persian rugs, find out whether it was machine or hand-woven (tufted) and what the knot density is. It is measured in knots per square inch and could be from 40 to 1,000 per square inch. Expensive rugs often have high knot counts. Find out whether the rugs are made from natural or synthetic fibers and whether natural dyes were used. Natural dyes are taken from vegetables. Artificial dyes are composed of chemicals such as aniline and chrome.
Synthetic Area Rugs
Synthetic rugs are usually cheaper than area rugs made of natural thread and offer better stain resistance. A synthetic machine-made Persian rug (5'x8') start at just over $100 dollars and go up beyond $6000. Prices vary depending on the fibers used, the size, rug construction and the originality of the rugs design. Beautiful, elegant Persian rugs are a wonderful way to warm and decorate your space. If you have hardwood floors or laminate floors, area rugs can protect the floors from scratches by chairs and wear and tear on high traffic areas of the floor.
Whether as an investment, art piece or conversation piece, or as a functional home dcor element, Persian rugs offer good value for your money.