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If you have only recently gained interest in vintage carpets, you have probably heard of Persian rugs. But what makes them so popular?

It is believed that the Persian Empire first began rug production some 2,500 years ago. Persian rugs are of outstanding quality and exceptionally exquisite. They are truly handcrafted and unique. No two rugs are exactly the same, unless woven as a pair.

Persian rugs are an integral part of the country’s history and culture depictiing its art and culture and history through the ages.

Each rug has its own design, patterns and colours. The art of Persian rug production is so popular around the world that it has been used as the basis of most designs, patterns, motifs and colors used in rug produced in other countries today. This includes other Oriental rugs such as those from India, Pakistan, China and Afghanistan.

Persian rugs are not just popular because of their aesthetic value and design. They are also world famous for being high-grade and high quality. The quality of a rug, whether antique or modern, is determined through many aspects one of which is knots per square inch or kpsi. The higher the knot density, the better quality that rug it is in terms of density. These pieces of art are known to last for decades and centuries.

Two of the most famous Persian rugs are part of a pair known together as the Ardabil Carpet and were created in the 16th century. One of the carpets is on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The other is part of the collection in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The carpet in display in London is the bigger of the two, measuring 34 ½ x 17 ½ feet. This means it is composed of about 26 million knots.

The most expensive Persian carpet ever sold was at Sotheby’s  in 2013 for USD 34,000,000.

If you are interested in Persian rugs, call Sharafi & Co today and we’ll be happy to assist you.