Unlike other types of art, antique Persian rugs hold the unique distinction of being representative of an entire culture. As a result, they speak to the aesthetic ideals of a people and have an emotional resonance that few other works of art can match. Because of this, they are highly sought after by designers, artists and rug collectors alike.
Antique Persian rugs are considered one of the world’s most sophisticated textile artworks with an unsurpassed level of artistic sophistication. Their primal colors and at times seemingly modern graphic designs inspire a powerful international following. These cultural treasures with their rich history are a source of inspiration for architects, designers and decorators. In fact, a vintage Persian carpet is not just a piece of beautiful textile; it is also a valuable investment that offers long-term value.
LEVEL 1-CONNOISSEUR CALIBER
These rugs were made 140 to 200 years ago and feature flawless proportions, effortless fluidity and timeless style. The best of these rugs incorporate exotic botanical motifs and flawlessly executed geometric shapes. This collection of vintage Persian rugs is perfect for those with an appreciation of history and culture.
LEVEL 2-HIGH COLLECTIBLE AND HIGH DECORATIVE
The rugs in this collection were made 150 to 200 years ago and exhibit harmonious balance and subtle variations. These rugs are a perfect example of the evolution of vernacular art to conscious visual design. The looms were now being manned by master weavers whose individual identity superseded tribal or family identities. In the cities, this era saw the development of standardized patterns to cater to a burgeoning European market. In the villages and in nomadic areas, tribal weavers still designed their own rugs using a range of symbols and motifs that conveyed various messages. For example, the boteh, now known as the paisley, could represent eternity or flame.
LEVEL 3-HIGH DECORATIVE
The 19th century ushered in a new era for Persian weaving. As the decorative rug market boomed, the quality of materials and craftsmanship declined. Innovative artistry was replaced with adherence to standard patterns, and harsh chemical dyes supplanted more subtle natural dyes. This period also marked a transition from village and nomadic production to city weaving centers, particularly Heriz, Sultanabad, Qum and Tabriz.
LEVEL 4-HIGH END/CONNOISSEUR CALIBER
As the name suggests, these rare antique Persian rugs are a collection of the finest specimens. These pieces are a testament to the art of rug making, demonstrating exceptional technical skill, superb materials and unparalleled aesthetics. These rugs are the highest level of collectible Persian rugs in the marketplace today. Their rare combination of exquisite color, unmatched beauty and historical significance creates an emotional connection between rug owners and their masterpieces.