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Patchwork carpets, vintage Persian carpets made with unparalleled skill

Martha Taylor Brown |
To take 50 years old Persian carpets and turn them into a piece of art really takes skill and craftsmanship.

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A beautiful rug you can find on Nain is a Persian Gabbeh and thus belongs to the highest quality Gabbeh rugs. The rugs are knotted by nomads or semi-nomads in Iran following traditional handicraft. The simple motifs and patterns are mostly inspired by the nomads' close environment. For example camels, trees or bushes can be found on the traditional rugs. Persian Gabbeh rugs are made of wool from locally raised flocks of sheep. The wool is mostly still spun by hand and each of these oriental rugs embodies a unique character of centuries-old culture.

This vintage rug is made of hand spun sheep wool of the highest quality. Especially in Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan wool is still spun by hand before the actual knotting of the rug begins. Wool has proven itself as a natural and extremely hard-wearing material over centuries. Among other things, it has dirt-repellent and heat-insulating properties. At the same time, wool is incomparably soft and has a natural shine. Depending on the type of knot, the rugs are extremely robust and can last for generations.

The finer and tighter a rug is knotted, the more detailed ornaments and patterns can be depicted on the pile. At the same time, a very fine oriental rug requires a much higher manual effort as well as a higher level of experience and skill of the knotter. Thus the knot density also serves as a decisive value factor of hand-knotted rugs. The quality is not directly related to the knot density. A rather coarse rug may well have been made in excellent quality.

Every patchwork carpet has been composed by hand of altered Persian carpets to create an authentic vintage style for your home. Those older carpets, between 20 and 50 years old, were separated into smaller pieces and then put together in new patterns and sizes. The harmonizing patterns are a proof of aesthetics. The carpets are then dyed with modern new colors and patterns. Thus a completely new carpet in modern vintage style is created from an old hand-knotted oriental carpet with a long history. This is a true beauty.


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