Isfahan Rug — Isfahan Rugs and Carpets help soar the prestige of Persian carpets in the world with its excellent quality and superb craftsmanship.
Brief Information About Isfahan Rug
The city of Isfahan or Esfahan has long been one of the centers for production of the famous Persian carpet or Persian rug. It is located in the center of Iran at the foothills of the Zagros mountain range with rich history of carpet weaving. In the 16th century, Shah Abbas the Great moved to Isfahan and selected it as the capital city of Iran, at which era Persian carpet entered the golden age on carpet weaving. And many good artists also began to engage in carpet designing, sometimes signing important designs makes carpets from everyday objects which are closely connected with life into art works which is the symbol of social wealth and luxury goods. During this period, the emperors established the palace factory in the most important city. At that time, the best carpets in the world were from Isfahan and used in the royal palace of Iran and they were also taken as very significant gifts and presented to several European countries. The royal family, the Holy See, and the aristocracy in Europe placed Persian carpets on the ground or hung them on the walls like precious oil paintings…. All these confirmed the inevitable connection between nobles and the art of carpets.
In the beginning of the renewal of Isfahan as the carpet center of high quality rugs, most rugs used traditional motifs inspired by the architectural motifs and tiles that decorated the historical buildings of this great city. Often the rug designers were inspired by the natural and abstract world. They are often taken from natural depict animals, gardens, mountains and shrubs and may also include everyday activities or war scenes. Often designs are recalled from memory and passed down through the ages. Nowadays, the Isfahan rugs and carpets shades are more pastel, utilizing the technical perfection and artistic flair of this “City of Art“. Both classical and contemporary Isfahan rugs and carpets are all extremely attractive.
The most popular design of Isfahan rugs and carpets is the central medallion surrounded by vines or floral patterns which are usually red, blue or indigo on an ivory background, and other popular design elements and motifs include Gombad, medallion, strewed flowers, vase, garden and tree of life, Shah Abassi motifs, and pictorial scene. The inspiration of rug designs comes from traditional motifs and patterns, nature, poetry and the great poets, but also from the rich architectural history of the city Isfahan.
The Haghighi family is very famous on oriental carpets. The One Hundred Birds Toward The Phoenix is one great piece which catches every one’s attention on the Iranian Carpet Exhibition on 2006. This carpet is a traditional medallion and flowers design piece which took about three years to finish. The authority and solemnity revels from the floral strewed red background, when you close it, you will find real beauty on it — enormous floral patterns shapes into various vivid birds gradually, the most amazing thing is that four serious phoenix are standing on the four corners, which just seems like the well-know Chinese painting Bai Niao Chao Feng, really a great voluble art collection. In the early 15th century, the art of Persian carpet has been influenced by Chinese culture, and some traditional Chinese pattern emerged on Persian carpets, such as the cloud, pony, dragon and phoenix etc.. The weaving method of this carpet just showed us some Chinese painting elements subtly, which presented what they want to show us by appropriate drawing perspective ratio.
Rexrugs Offers Vintage Isfahan Silk Rugs
The rugs woven in Isfahan are perhaps the best and most valuable in the world as a whole. The knots per square inch used in these carpets here usually 200 Lines upwards, that’s say 277 KPSI(knots per square inch). And most of quality Isfahan rugs are based on silk foundation, that’s why they are extremely fine and valuable. And the sizes vary but most are middle to large pieces.
At Rexrugs, handmade Isfahan silk rugs are basically over 230 Lines/ 367KPSI in various exquisite designs and sizes, you can view our rugs here or if you can’t find the one you want, please don’t be sad, we will help you source something to meet your requirement.
View our vintage handmade Isfahan silk rugs here…