Vintage persian rugs represent an unbroken link to ancient weaving traditions and craftsmanship patronized by princely courts and aristocrats. As such, they embody a sense of luxury and grace that can transform any space into an opulent manor. Authentic antique Persian rugs are treasured possessions that are passed down from generation to generation and are woven into the fabric of family life. In addition to their beauty, antique Persian rugs are known for their longevity and can last generations when cared for properly.
In the rarest of cases, antique Persian rugs can surpass 200 years in age. These rare examples are often considered masterpieces of art, with fluid and subtle design, exotic use of color nuance and aesthetic balance. They are also coveted for their cultural significance, with primitive color palettes that inspire an international following.
These rug styles typically have higher knot counts than other area rugs, which are a hallmark of Persian weaving. These higher knot counts allow for detailed floral motifs and finer detailing. Examples of vintage persian rugs from this category include Tabriz, Kashan and Qum rugs.
A vintage Persian rug’s lifespan is affected by several factors, including regular cleaning and the use of a rug pad to help prevent premature wear. Properly stored and rotated, a Persian rug can last for decades, even centuries as it is passed down as a family heirloom.
Vintage Persian rugs are available for purchase at a variety of online and brick-and-mortar rug galleries. One of the most renowned is the Doris Leslie Blau gallery in New York City, which features an extensive collection of Persian and antique carpets.