Persian rugs or carpets with names like Arak, Ardebil, Ahar, Bijar (or Bidjar), Bakhtiary, Ghoum (or Qum), Herez, Hamedan, Maymeh, Mashad (or Mashhad), Kashan (or Keshan), Malayer, Kerman (or Kirman), Qazvin, Tabriz, Weramine, Zanjan, etc., like fine wine come from every region in Iran, but unlike fine wine only one country can produce these masterpieces.
Often copied but never duplicated, these carpets are made from the finest wool in the world. The wool has a more durable and soft texture because of the amount of minerals in the water that are absorbed by the lamb.
The mineral rich water inherent to the region also helps produce a natural silk quality that cannot be replicated, the Mulberry tree is grown using this water and the leaves digested by the silk worm. The silkworm is the little crawler that we owe gratitude for making what we know as today as the silk rug. Please be aware when shopping for your silk rug that there is a difference between naturally produced silk and artificial silk, which both highly differ in their quality and value. Adabi’s Oriental Rug Gallery carries only the highest quality naturally produced silk.
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Lucky for us traditional carpet making has changed very little over the centuries. One of the few changes that have significantly occurred though is dye used in the process. In the old days dyes were produced using vegetable dyes. The vegetable dyes created reds, blues, and other very earthy tones. Today weavers use synthetic dyes in the process, which in turn gives us all of our traditional colors in addition to some more modern colors broadening our palette. Do not worry though there is very little monetary difference in the value of rugs with synthetic vs. vegetable dyes. Make sure though you do not fall into buying a rug simply because you were told that vegetable dyes were used. Yes, there are some vegetable dyes still on the market but most are found in real (not semi) antique rugs.
Centuries of weaving have created the greatest masterpieces in the world handed down from generation to generation. Some of these carpets have taken countless days to multiple years to complete by weavers. It is artwork at it’s finest, encompassing tradition, creativity, hard work, and skill. We highly recommend that the rug is the first purchase that you make when designing your home; furniture and fixtures are much more accommodating while the rug is a timeless unique classic.