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.
Gabbeh rugs are hand-spun wool in both the pile and the foundation, as well as all natural dyes. Simple, colorful geometric patterns, abstract scenery, child-like representations of people and animals, different colors, reds, blue, greens ,yellow, purple. Modern technology has improved the dye process to allow a wider range of colors as well as more stable and easier to care for colors.
Kazak Rugs are popular for their stunning geometric designs & high quality dyes. Kazak patterns tend to be red, yellow/gold and blue. Designs include, but are not limited to animals, flowers, medallions, & iconic figures such as geometric people/ and animals & symbolic motifs.
Tabriz rugs have been in existence since the 9-10th century. For generations, Tabriz rugs have become known for their diverse designs, from medallion, Herati/Mahi, to figural, pictorial, and even 3-d shaped rugs. Antique Tabriz rugs, with picture images, are very desirable and are of high quality. Tabriz rugs come in different sizes, and many different colors, mostly blue, red, black and cream/ivory. Tabriz carpet represents various kinds of art such as ornamental patterns, scenes of falconry or images of a ferocious lion and images of fragments of palaces and mosques, scenes of battles.
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.
Bokharas are a type of handmade Pakistani rug; also known as Bukharas or Bokaras. Most are based on Turkmen prototypes called Tekkes. Pakistani Bokhara rugs are among the most popular handmade rugs in the world. They are popular for their soft, luxurious feel, heavy pile, attractive colors and appearance that consist of repeating octagonal figures called guls, usually on fields of burgundy red, gray blue, or sometimes green.
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.
Gabbeh rugs are known as the world’s best coarsely woven Iranian tribal rugs. They consist of a very think pile woven in a relatively low knot density. The designs of these rugs are mostly geometric and symbolic in both shape and style. These rugs were woven to tell a story depicting a landscape, scene, or even conveying a specific emotion. Their construct consists of handspun sheep’s wool and vegetable dyes. Gabbeh rugs are organic in composition and their appearance is rich in texture. They truly are unique works of art.