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Famous Carpets and Carpet Collections

Famous Carpets and Carpet Collections

(Posted on 02/08/13)

Apart from the Pazyryk carpet (in the Hermitage, Leningrad), probably the most important, and certainly the best known specimen in existence is the Ardebil carpet which is now housing in London's Victoria and Albert Museum.  This masterpiece...

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A brief history

A brief history

(Posted on 31/07/13)

It is impossible to say with any degree of certainty exactly when, where or by whom the first pile rugs were made.  The materials of rug-making are considerably more perishable than those of other types of artefact and consequently very few examples...

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Master-workshop Rugs

Master-workshop Rugs

(Posted on 29/07/13)

The most prestigious and expensive of all contemporary examples of oriental textile art.    The term is often loosely applied to any workshop rug of outstanding calibre, but more specifically refers to items produced in a handful of exceptional...

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Village Rugs part 2

Village Rugs part 2

(Posted on 27/07/13)

Contemporary village weaving is largely confined to Persia, Anatolia and, Afghanistan.      The overwhelming majority of village-style items from the other rug-producing countries are in fact workshop origin.  However, items produced...

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Village Rugs part 1

Village Rugs part 1

(Posted on 25/07/13)

The term is not used in its literal sense to describe items produced in villages as opposed to cities or towns, but is applied more specifically to a broad category of rugs sharing common features of construction, character and design.  In the generally...

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Nomadic rugs part 2

Nomadic rugs part 2

(Posted on 23/07/13)

Authentic nomadic weaving is now confined to Persia,Afghanistan and Anatolia (of  the major rug-producing areas), although its influence can be found in the workshop items of other regions, particularly the Soviet Union. Although most nomadic tribes...

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Nomadic rugs part 1

Nomadic rugs part 1

(Posted on 23/07/13)

Produced by nomadic and semi-nomadic tribesmen (semi-nomads spend part of the year in villages or settled camps) whose  life has traditionally revolved around breeding sheep, weaving rugs and raiding their neighbours' camps. Their  passion...

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Weaving group

Weaving group

(Posted on 22/07/13)

The term 'weaving group' can be applied to any town, village or tribe within the oriental weaving region, which produces its own hand-made rugs, but it is normally only used in the context of the older, more traditional weaving centres in which...

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Country of orgin

Country of orgin

(Posted on 20/07/13)

Classifying rugs according to their country of origin is both logical and necessary, particularly as discrepancies in exchange rates, import tariffs and production costs can make a considerable difference to the prices asked in shops for very similar...

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Runners, strips and mats

Runners, strips and mats

(Posted on 19/07/13)

The first two terms describe rugs which are long and narrow - usually where the length is over 2.5 times the width - and are often used in place of the word 'rug' (i.e., a Shirvan runner or Yahyali strip). There are no rules defining the distinction...

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