Entering the world of antique Persian rugs is a unique journey. Exploring this world reveals hidden histories and ancient traditions passed down for thousands of years and transported across cultures. In the antique Persian rug world, the mundane becomes the mysterious: flowers and geometric figures are imbued with deep symbolism, and colors and shape carry deep meaning. In the case of tribal Persian rug designs, such as geometric animals, people, and everyday objects, antique hand made Persian rugs are a classic example of art imitating life and life imitating art, as the design-rich repertoire of Persian rug weavers continues to inspire artists and designers the world over. With innumerable Persian designs and traditions developed and maintained by weavers in any one city or cultural group, limitless permutations are possible when regional designs and minute variations in techniques and materials are melded together. The international trade of traditional carpets and Persian rugs established thousands of years ago has resulted in a fascinating interchange of designs between East and West.
Make a bold statement in a living room or bedroom by incorporating vintage Persian rugs in your home decor. The fascination with Persian rugs dates at least as far back as the 4th century B. Although they have many imitators, real Persian rugs are made only in Iran and are easily recognized by their vibrant colors and elegant patterns. Modern Persians, on the other hand, are often machine-made. Although this production process is much faster and cheaper, the resulting rugs typically do not have the same quality or lifespan as handwoven ones, so traditional options are considered better investments. To distinguish between the two, look for imperfections. Because traditional Persian rugs are handwoven, you will likely see small flaws on the front and back.
Browse our collection of vintage rugs and antique rugs, all of which are incredibly unique and rare. The majority of our vintage rugs are vintage Persian rugs, with an age of years. We also have antique Persian rugs for sale, which are defined by their age of over 99 years old. Shop our collection of vintage and antique rugs online, or visit our showroom for one of the largest collections of vintage rugs in London, and the UK. We even offer a try before you buy service.
You don't have to spend tons of time visiting antique shops and dealers IRL to find the vintage rug of your dreams. In fact, you can do it without ever getting up from the sofa. Like vintage furniture , there's actually a vast selection of vintage rugs online , if you know where to look. These resources, from specialty sites to retailers you already know and love, have you covered at every style and budget. A chic and old-yet-new-to-you rug will be yours in no time!