ANTIQUE RUG TYPE GUIDE

The finest antique Persian carpets, Caucasian rugs and Indian carpets are artworks that have a timeless quality that is always “in style”. They are infinitely versatile and work as great unifiers that effectively integrate the architecture, furnishings and other artworks of a room.

Afshar Rugs

For centuries, the Afshar nomads were the preeminent Persian tribal group, populating numerous regions within their country's borders. By the 20th-century, however, their ranks had been diminished to an area in the southeast corner of Iran.…

Bakhtiari Rugs

The Bakhtiari tribespeople of the rugged Zagros Mountains are famed for their perilous annual migrations over snow-capped peaks and for their lustrous, deep-toned antique tribal carpets displaying grand scale, cornucopian designs. An early…

Bakshaish Rugs: The Magic of Bakshaish Artistry

Imagination, Spontaneity, and Balance PART ONE By Jan David WinitzPresident & Founder, Claremont Rug Company Among the most brilliant early Bakshaish works I have ever encountered, unbelievably spontaneous,…

Bakshaish Rugs: The Brilliance of Bakshaish

The Brilliance of Bakshaish (Bakhshayesh) By: B. Alexandra Szerlip “It could be argued that of all the categories of antique Oriental rugs, Persian Bakshaish (Bakhshayesh) weavings have the most exuberant and idiosyncratic world view,”…
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Camelhair Rugs

The best antique rugs and carpets utilizing undyed camelhair are quite rare, as they represent a limited production of just a handful of the rug weaving villages and tribal encampments of the mountainous district of Northwest Persia. Prized…
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The Allure of Antique Persian Camelhair Carpets

By Jan David Winitz, President & founder Claremont Rug Company  PART 1 of 2 Two antique Camelhair rugs (Serab in foreground, Malayer in main space) glow in sunny home. Camel head relief detail from…

Caucasian Rugs Summary

When the Almighty Spirit first created the Earth, He made the land completely flat. Looking down at His creation, He was satisfied with His work, except for the fact that there were no mountains. So He loaded up an enormous sack with innumerable…

Caucasian Rugs Cosmology

The Timeless Cosmology of 19th-Century Caucasian Rugs By: B. Alexandra Szerlip “Remember to look up at the stars,” wrote Stephen Hawking. “Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist.” Such contemplation…

Caucasian Rug Symbology

View a wide selection of antique Caucasian rugs now available. Wheel of Life Appearing throughout time in numerous cultures, this ancient mandala shows the ever changing, yet cyclical nature of life. The tribal people believed life’s…

Dyes and Colors Used in Antique Caucasian Rugs

It is no wonder that the weavings of the 85 subgroups of Caucasian tribal rugs are enjoying rapidly growing popularity among both Oriental rug collectors and lovers of folk art. A major article in “The Wall Street Journal” featured Claremont…

Caucasian Daghestan Rugs

The Daghestan area marks the north-eastern border of the Caucasian rug making regions. Covering breathtaking mountainous terrain, Daghestan translates 'land of the mountains' and boasts "some of the most beautiful and wild scenery of the whole…

Caucasian Eagle Kazak Rugs

The prized Chelaberd design type is usually referred to by its established trade name, “Eagle Kazak” or sometimes “Sunburst Kazak”. In fact, the figure is commonly believed to stem from St. Joseph’s Cross – giving a clue to the…

Caucasian Kazak Rugs

With roots to the people who inhabited the majestic Caucasus Mountains since the dawn of history, tribal weavers who occupied the region’s highest encampments and small alpine villages created a powerful rug style known as Kazak. As trade…

Caucasian Shirvan Rugs

Shirvan is located just to the south of the Caucasus mountain range and is to the east of Gendje and to the west of the Baku peninsula. Local weaving tradition in this region excelled in exploring the numerous possible variations using a limited…

Dorasht Rugs

The antique Dorasht carpets, typically commissioned works of grand scale for local and European nobility, were woven in the Khorassan district of Northeast Persia. This mountainous region, less well known in the Western world as it was geographically…

Ferahan & Ferahan Sarouk Rugs

Designed for a regional aristocratic clientele, the Ferahan region of West Central Persia developed a distinctive rug weaving tradition in the 19th-century that blended geometric influences from the surrounding tribes and villages with more…

Ferahan: The Style That Took Persian Carpets Global

Ferahan– The Style That Took Persian Carpets Global By: Hunter Christensen In 1873, the city on the Danube hosted an elaborate world’s fair —The Vienna Exhibition promoting “Culture and Education.” Russia, Japan, and the Ottoman…

Kashan Rugs

Kashan carpets are one of the most important of the refined urban antique carpets that are the direct legacy of the Golden Age of Persian Weaving of the reign of the famous patron of the arts, Shah Abbas, in the 16th and early 17th-centuries.…

Khamseh Rugs

Greatly admired by connoisseurs of tribal weavings, 19th-century Persian Khamseh rugs have strong similarities to the weavings of the nomadic Qashqai, which share their attention to saturated color and intricate, stylized geometric motifs.…

The Weaving of the Kurdish People

Two antique Kurdish rugs lie side by side. One portrays a field of flowers contained in a series of diagonal stripes. One row bends progressively to the right, while the next jogs sharply to the left. The border, depicting a crenellated fence…

Laver Kirman Rugs

The weaving center of Kirman in central Persia has been an esteemed carpet producer of court-inspired designs since the royal patronage of the Safavid dynasty over 400 years ago, on par with Tabriz and Kashan in esteem.  In 2010, a 17th-century…

Mahajiran Sarouk Rugs

Located in West Central Persia, Sarouk was a weaving region renowned in the 19th-century for its high quality, artistically distinctive carpets. The Mahajiran Sarouk (also spelled “Mohajeran Sarouk” or “Mehajeran Saruk”) style dates…

Mahal Rugs

Mahal Persian carpets from the 19th-century and turn of the 20th-century have become perhaps the most desirable among Persian village weavings, as they appeal strongly to both connoisseurs and interior designers. These two important groups…

Malayer Rugs

Malayer is a large village located between the major weaving areas of Hamadan and Sarouk in Northwest Persia. In Malayer and the small villages surrounding it, production was almost exclusively small antique rugs and runners made by individual…

Meshed Rugs

The city of Meshed is one of Iran's oldest cities, located in the Khorassan province in the northeast corner of Persia. Geographically, it is situated far apart across the great desert from the densely populated western region of the country…

Mohtasham Kashan Rugs: Masterful & Meticulous

By: B. Alexandra Szerlip  The reception room of an philanthropist, an impassioned second generation antique rug collector, hosts a stunning, particularly bold room-size Mohtasham Kashan as the centerpiece when the space was not in use. The…

Northwest Rugs

“Northwest” refers to a diverse group of antique Persian rugs in myriad weaving villages and encampments that during the 19th-century occupied an expansive wilderness area west of Tehran, north of Bijar, and south of Tabriz. These villages…

Prayer Rugs

Antique prayer rugs occupy a unique position in the rug-weaving continuum. They were borne out of a specific purpose for the Islamic faith, and in the coming centuries attracted connoisseurs and collectors for their aesthetic allure. Not limited…

Qashqai Weavers, Spirited Nomads

By Jan David Winitz, President & founder Claremont Rug Company  Part 1 of 2 Parts | Read Part 2 Here Left: Qashqai "Cane Rug" – 5’ 3” x 9’ 4", 3rd quarter, 19th century. Right: Qashqai weaver…

Serab Rugs

A small village nestled in the Sabalan mountain range in northwestern Iran, Serab is home to a host of skilled tribal weavers who crafted artful, geometric rugs. While their remote location made it difficult to participate in the larger global…

Tabriz Rugs

The major city of Tabriz, located near the Turkish border, is the center of classically designed antique carpets in Northwest Persia. At the foot of the beautiful Elbruz Mountains, Tabriz has a noteworthy history, both as the Persian market…

Turkish Rugs

The eastern and central regions of the Turkish Anatolian peninsula were host to a wide variety of tribal carpet traditions.  Throughout the 19th-century and beginning of the 20th-century, peoples of Turkish, Armenian and Kurdish origin were…