Vintage Persian rugs are considered to be a very valuable investment. Not only do these hand knotted works of art provide a decorative element to any room, but they represent a dying skill set that is becoming more difficult to find in the modern world. They are heirlooms that are passed down from generation to generation and treasured as a way to connect to one’s culture and ancestry.
The antique Persian rug is a priceless family heirloom that is often valued more than any other possession in a home. Antique Persian rugs are often prized for their intricate patterns, exotic colors, and unique designs that are the result of generations of creative thought. The motifs and weave patterns are an amalgamation of indigenous and nomadic traditions. The resulting patterns and weaves are uniquely Persian.
Antique Persian rugs are woven in small towns and villages throughout Persia. During the Qajar period of the 19th century, rug production became formalized. Master weavers such as Ziegler Sultanabad, Mohtashem, Haji Jalili and Aboul Ghasem Kermani produced masterpieces that found their way into exquisite collections and museums worldwide.
The mellow color tones of the older Persian rug, along with their unique designs and beautiful patina are the main reasons why collectors and enthusiasts cherish them. These rugs are woven with silk and wool in large sizes, with geometric patterns that are typically elaborate. Some are adorned with pictorials, densely packed florals, or complex and lavish borders.
Traditionally, the village rug weavers were both the designers and weavers. They used design symbols to convey their personal identity and sometimes the identity of their tribe or clan. This is why the boteh, a design symbol that was later known as the paisley, carries so many different meanings. The weavers would also use color to convey an emotion or a concept.
These tribal and village weavers were not as concerned with the ‘fashionability’ of their rugs, but instead focused on making a quality piece that would be functional for a long time. This is reflected in the durability of their construction and the longevity of their dyes.
While the village and tribal rugs do not exhibit the artistic virtuosity, design fluidity, or color nuance of Level 2 high-collectible rugs, they are still highly sought after by connoisseurs. Whether it’s a rare Persian Laver Kerman or a Caucasian Lesghi tribal rug, these antique pieces will add an exotic feel to any space they inhabit.