Oriental Rugs – Oriental Carpets and Oriental Area Rugs have become highly appreciated throughout the world as the work of art and also been the gold standard in floor covering everywhere from nomadic huts to grand palaces for thousands of years.
Brief History of Orietnal Rugs
It is a golden period during the 15th century to 16th century for the development of oriental hand-woven carpets, at which the art of hand-woven carpets reached its peak in the Persian Safavi dynasty. Many artists began to engage in carpet designing to create more elegant patterns of plants and flowers-curve motifs at the base of existed straight geometric patterns. And the pattern presents a more complex floral and Arabic design, sometimes with human and animal motifs. At the beginning of the 20th century, oriental hand-woven carpets gradually entered into the wealthy families of western countries. Not only did they have practical and decorative effects, but they were also regarded as works of art. And they were developed into the same grade of art as oil painting and sculpture. Oriental handmade carpets and Chinese porcelain from Asia are considered two major contributions to improving the quality of life of Westerners.
There is a great deal of effort put into the creation of a rug. Traditionally, the process of oriental rugs typically involves stretching warp threads on a loom and knotting the pile to these threads. When a row of knot is completed, a weft thread is inserted. Once the entire rug is knotted, the pile is shorn. To a large degree, the precision of the design depends on how tightly the rug has been knotted and how short the pile has been cut.
The quality of an oriental rug depends on several factors, such as type of material used, variety of colors, design complexity, quality of dyes and density of knots. Usually all over higher quality require for more labor to be involved in creating a beautiful oriental rug, which contributes to its greater value. Among them, the rug’s density, or number of knots per square inch can be an easy useful indicator of the fineness and durability of the rug — the more knots the better. At times, silk has been used for both the warp and weft threads except wool for oriental rugs, giving the rug a sumptuous appearance with durable trait. Since the silk is expensive, it typically is reserved for rugs woven in a higher quality some times as a special order and sometimes for royalty.
Geographically, oriental rugs are made in an area referred to as the “Rug Belt”, which stretches from Morocco across North Africa, the Middle East, and into Central Asia and northern India. It includes countries such as northern China, Tibet, Turkey, Iran, the Maghreb in the west, the Caucasus in the north, and India and Pakistan in the south. People from different cultures, countries, racial groups and religious faiths are involved in the production of oriental rugs. Since many of these countries lie in an area which today is referred to as the Islamic world, oriental rugs are often also called “Islamic Carpets”.
About the designs of oriental rugs, basically there are two main designs referring to floral and geometric patterns. Floral patterns dominate in Persia and India. Caucasian and Turkman rugs almost always employ geometric designs; and when the rare floral pattern is used in these rugs, the design tends to be stylized and rectilinear. In Turkey, both floral and geometric designs are used, although the latter are more common. Chinese rugs are easily recognized by patterns that include dragons, monsters or fabulous birds.
Of course, everything show on oriental rugs are all meaningful. In China, the dragon represents imperial power and also has strong associations with Confucianism. In Persia, however, the dragon symbolizes evil; and in India, death. Scenes of fighting animals on oriental rugs typically represent the struggle between good and evil. Besides, plants, flowers, and even geometric motifs, also have special meanings. The cypress tree symbolizes mourning, as well as immortality through death. The palm and the coconut are metaphors of blessing and fulfillment. The pony symbolizes wealth, while the lotus foretells a great lineage. What’s more, a universal symbol found in South America, Egypt, India and elsewhere is the geometric swastika that has been a popular border design. In China, the swastika symbolizes peace — a meaning apparently ignored in 20th-century Europe. A frequent Mohammedan symbol is the crescent which signifies faith. Another universal symbol, the endless knot, represents wisdom and immortality. Because the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) spoke against the artistic representation of humans and animals, geometric patterns often dominate the designs of Muslim artist.
Although Persia embraced the Islamic Shiite religion, the area’s rug-makers often continued to decorate their creations with lively animal and human figures in dream-like surroundings. On the other hand, it is quite rare to find any animal or human figures on early Turkish rugs. Finally, Turkish prayer rugs are characterized by rich and minutely detailed decoration. Found on all prayer rugs is the arched mehrab, or prayer niche, which is pointed to Mecca when the rugs are used in prayer.
The benefits of an oriental rug is countless.
An oriental rug is not only just covering the floors, but brings one kind of culture and art. Oriental rugs usually span many generations. Designs and patterns of oriental rugs are based on certain regions and provinces of a particular country. Certain designs and motifs have a certain meaning on oriental rugs. To know that a certain rug took a good portion of an individual artisans’ life should be something that a new rug owner should be very proud of and appreciate.
And no matter wool oriental rugs or silk oriental rugs, they all provide the insulation and comfort, which allows them to insulate temperatures in a particular room. In seasons where there is a warmer climate, the area rug can help to maintain a comfortable cool indoor temperature. While in colder climates, oriental rugs can keep a comfortable warmer temperature.
Another beneficial aspect of owning the oriental rugs is noise reduction. Covering an oriental rug can greatly solve noises annoying bringing by the echo of furniture. Hard surfaces whether that be tile, wood floors, or the walls of your home are not very effective at canceling our noise.
In the end, oriental rugs benefit you and your family as well as the environment. They can help reduce your electric bill by assisting in maintaining your home’s indoor temperature. They have flame retardant properties naturally. They provide cushioning and comfort against your hard floor surfaces. Oriental rugs and carpets also are much cleaner and easier to maintain than carpeting.
The Fabulous Look of Our Oriental Silk Rugs
Our beautiful oriental rugs contain an incredible variety of designs, weaves, colors and shapes which are all available to suit every household. And a large range of sizes is also available here, so you can accommodate any sized room. Every our oriental handmade silk rug with gorgeous detailed patterning in naturally dyed materials is 100% hand woven individually by skillful weavers, which ensures to add a truly original piece to your space. Therefore, at oriental rug market, we take great pride in offering our customers such a unique and enduring art form. Your space is the reflection of the soul, and it makes sense to surround your families with beauty, elegance, and tradition.
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