Why are Persian rugs so adored by carpet enthusiasts?

Persian rugs are the standard when people speak about quality carpets the world over. They are known for their beauty and amazing quality. The hand-woven textiles have long been revered by antiquities experts and amateur enthusiasts alike. Why is that? Let us find out below;

Their history

The story of these carpets can be traced back to the ancient kingdom of Persia, now known as Iran. According to the Iran Chamber Society, Cyrus the Great probably introduced the art of carpet making in Persia after he conquered Babylon in 539 B.C.


For more than 2,500 years, these rugs – and the people who make them – have continued to be an invaluable asset to the Iranian culture and society.

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Hand-woven Persian carpets and rugs have been regarded as objects of high artistic and utilitarian value and prestige since the first time they were mentioned by ancient Greek writers.

The method for making them

The carpets are made by loop weaving a technique where the weft strings are pulled over a gauge rod, creating loops of thread facing the weaver.

The rod is then either removed, leaving the loops closed, or the loops are cut over the protecting rod, resulting in a rug very similar to a genuine pile rug. Hand-woven pile rugs are produced by knotting strings of thread individually into the warps, cutting the thread after each single knot.


Although the term “Persian carpet” most often refers to pile-woven textiles, flat-woven carpets and rugs like Kilim, Soumak, and embroidered tissues like Suzani are part of the rich and manifold tradition of Persian carpet weaving.

Advantages of a Persian rug over many machine-made carpets

1. They are carefully and lovingly woven by hand with the skills used in weaving these rugs have been passed from generation to generation, with each handmade carpet is unique – no two are identical.

2. The rugs are not only floor coverings – they’re works of art. Renowned for their rich colors and interesting designs, Persian rugs are made with all-natural wools, silk and vegetable dyes, rather than synthetic materials.


3. Their beauty, and the impact it will have on your home, cannot be overstated. Because of their painstaking craftsmanship, Persian rugs are also highly regarded for their quality and durability.

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4. With the right attention and care, they’ll be enjoyed for generations to come. These pieces are also great investments, often increasing in worth if properly maintained.

Today, a 6×9 authentic, hand-knotted Persian rug could cost anywhere between $1,000(Ksh. 100,000) and $5,000(Ksh. 500,000). That is cheap considering that the Clark Sickle-Leaf carpet, the most expensive Persian rug sold for $33.7 million(Ksh. 3.4 billion) at auction!

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