Wool & Silk- The extraordinary combination of
wool with silk results in a lustrous rug that is
packed with rich colors. People are attracted to
the soft velvety touch.
Hard Twist- Handspun wool. Hand-knotted
process results in a silk like shimmer. The dying
process creates a varied, softened hand-crafted
look. Adapts well to most decors.
10/14- High knot count results in smaller more
detailed formal designs. Often has silk highlights
resulting in a beautiful luminosity.
China- Once on the forefront of rug weaving wool, wool & silk hand-knotted rugs, China today
has turned to technology and reduced it's rug making presence. A major commercial presence for
the last 30 years, Chinese rugs are known for absolute perfection in color and flawless design.
India- The popularity of rugs woven in India is due to the variety of designs, colors & workmanship
available. The weavers are very atuned to the design needs of today's market and they seem to be able
to translate that into rugs that are very appealing to the American consumer.
Generally very fine hand-knotted wool or wool and silk. Small detailed Persian design are
more formal in nature. Design is very precise (doesn't vary)
Pakistan- A up and coming force in the design world, Pakistan has been making fine hand-knotted
rugs for decades. The key to their unique look is that they use vegetable dyes on many of their rugs
and that gives the high knot count rug a warm golden glow. Many of the the Pakistani craftsmen use
handspun wool to create an interesting aged look. Pakistan rugs show great on wood floors.
Afghanistan Tribal- Most rugs coming out of Afghanistan are woven by nomads from different tribes.
Their coloring & weaving techniques are centuries old. The rug's colors, usually, red or rust with
black or navy designs, are the result of the vegetation available to the weavers for the dying process.
The looms are small enough to be transported by horseback. Some tribes have settled into villages &
are working in workshops that have strayed from traditional patterns.
Tribals- Bashiri, Baktiari,
Turkomans, Belgeek are
designed & woven by
tribal nomads. Finely
knotted, primarily root &
berries dyed wool used to
make geometric designs in
reds or rusts with black or
navy. The belgeek rug is
made of the finest quality
Persian- This is the region that originated the "oriental rug." The finest most talented weavers have a
long tradition of knotting the rugs that all others are judged by. Persian rugs can be found in musuems
all over the world. Rugs are generally named after the village, town, or district where they are the
hallmark of the industry.
Heriz- These rugs are usually woven in small
workshops or on family owned looms. They
have bright cheerful colors with a more folksy
casual geometeric look to them
Gabbeh- Starting out as a village made rug,
gabbehs have become a popular contemporary
style featuring geometric designs, bright colors
& lush pile.
Agra- Lusturous hand-knotted wool. Larger
knot size results in larger more open designs
with a casual feel. Often 'tea' washed which
tones down & mutes the colors. 'Beefier' rug-
good for high traffic areas.
Tabrizes (Mahi or
Nagsheh) are one of
the finest handknotted
rug available. It is a
more formal design and
the rug's beauty comes
from finely knotted
wool and silk
construction and across
the age classic design.
Increasingly difficult to
find, they have become
more and more a
Peshwar-A hand-knotted peshwar is unique
because the wool is hand-spun and colored with
vegetable dyes. The rugs have a soft, muted
look that works with antique, transitional or
18/18-Pakistani rugs are uniquely beautiful due
to the care taken in choosing the highest quality
wool & weaving the finest knots into intricate
Persian designs. These are some of the most
finely knotted rugs in the market today.