William Morris design are part of arts and crafts movement often including natural forms. These 19th and early 20th century designs are distinctive for their stylized natural forms, their symmetry and their vibrant colors. William Morris patterns are based on nature such thistles, ginkgo leaves, willow trees and flowers. These modern hand knotted rugs are woven with high quality wool, silk or both.
Wool and Silk rugs are known for their lustrous shiny fibers, and fabulously soft finish. Often times during the weaving process, a blend of silk and wool is used to weave the rugs. The patterns of silk rugs range from abstract modern designs, to traditional designs. The silk can be used to highlight details of the rug helping them stand out.
Isfahan rugs date back to the seventeenth century. Isfahan was then the capital of Persia. These rugs are known to be classic and are hand knotted with either silk or wool foundations. They use variety vegetable dye colors such as reds, blues, ivory, beige, black and much more. Isfahan rugs are one of the highest quality rugs in the world.
Oushak rugs originated in the small town of Oushak in west central Anatolia. Oushak has been a production center of Turkish rugs since the 15th century. Since then, the most famous manufacturers of ottoman times has worked in Oushak. A special heirloom wash produces the subtle color variations that give rugs their distinctive antique look.
The nature-inspired color palette of Serapi/Heriz rugs gives them an antique look, which has historically sought after for many years. They commonly feature intricate medallions, followed by abstract florals and geometric designs. What makes the Serapi/Heriz so desirable, is their high endurance and longevity under high traffic. Serapi/Heriz rugs are constructed by a labor intensive hand knotting process, made from thick plush piles of wool.
Heriz/Serapi rugs are a style of Persian rugs deriving from northwest Iran. Heriz/Serapi rugs are among the most desirable rugs, due to their durable nature under heavy wear and tear. Weavers of Heriz/Serapi rugs often portray geometric patterns or medallions in their designs. They often have an antique style, and come in a vast variety of colors. Heriz/Serapi rugs are hand knotted from thick piles of wool, which gives them a soft plush feel.
Nain rugs are made with mostly beautiful muted colors, predominantly beige, dark blue, light blue, burgundy, green, ivory and many more. Nain rugs do not only use wool as their foundation. Silk is often used as highlighting the details of the design. These rugs are very elegant are sought after.