4 Tips for Buying a Handmade Persian Carpet

Persian carpets are not only the highest quality in the world, but they also represent a nation’s long history and culture. Every pattern tells a story, and every knot can transport you back to a moment filled with light and color.

Whether you are an artist, a collector, a traveler, or just someone who wants to adorn his home with something beautiful, a Persian carpet is undoubtedly high on your list of priorities. However, due to its diversity and the huge market, you may face difficulties or quickly get confused when purchasing a Persian rug. There are many bazaars for carpets worldwide. Each city has different ways of weaving and materials, resulting in different prices and qualities. In this blog, we intend to give you practical guidelines on buying the perfect Cyruscrafts Persian carpet and also show you an easy way to easily add this beautiful and precious item to your home or office at the end!

1)   The knot count of Persian Handmade Rug

One of the first factors determining a high-quality carpet is the number of knots used in it. Handmade rugs are characterized by their number and density of knots, which determines their final appearance and quality. A high-quality Persian carpet has at least 120 knots per square inch, and the knot density can go as high as 300 knots PSI.

The carpet seller can always tell you the knot count, but to look more professional, you can also turn the rug over, and by looking at the knots, you can see their density. From both the back and front of the carpet, you should be able to see and track its patterns easily. Moreover, the well-organized, clean knots will show the high quality of the rug.

You’re not expected to count knots, but the back of a carpet has a lot to say. A handmade silk rug will have a soft backing with a few more giant knots, while a machine-made one will raise an eyebrow due to the knot uniformity. Rug knot counts will vary even in Tabriz, one of Iran’s oldest Persian carpet weaving centers.

2)   The Material of the Persian Handmade Rug

The second important factor is the material. Wool, silk, or both are typically used in weaving these Persian masterpieces. Wool is the most commonly used item in Persian carpets, and its quality depends on the breed of the sheep, the climate, and the when and how of the shearing. There are more knots per square with silk, the pattern is more precise, and it has a shiny finish.

Some silk carpets are hung on walls instead of the ground, like paintings. Silk carpets are not comparable to wool carpets in terms of strength and endurance.

Handwoven Persian carpets are typically made of wool, silk, or a wool-silk blend. Generally, 100% pure silk rugs are pretty delicate and have a shiny finish. The most commonly used material is wool. The quality depends on the breed of sheep, the climate, the pasture, and the shearing time. They are not to be confused with the synthetic fibers of machine-made carpets, which are highly flammable and emit lint.

3)   Pattern and Style of the Persian Carpet

Cyuscrafts Persian carpets come in various forms and sizes. Each city in Iran has its unique style, pattern, and quality of traditional carpet weaving. It is also possible for the colors to vary from one city to another. As a result, when buying a Persian carpet, you must familiarize yourself with all the patterns and colors and find one that appeals to you.

From Tabriz, famous for its fine silk carpets with precise patterns in different sizes, to mainly wool carpets of Naein, from Qom’s silk flower carpets to Qashqai nomadic patterns; when it comes to Persian area rugs, you have a wide range of choices. Traditional patterns aren’t the only ones you’ll find. As carpet weavers adopt many modern designs, Persian carpets are entering a new era. Yet, among the traditional methods, you can also find diverse patterns that can easily suit your modern environment as well. These days many young people or businesses who wish to show their tendency toward a modern lifestyle use nomadic Persian carpets with their geometrical designs.

Moreover, handwoven Persian carpets have natural colors (Grey rugs, red rugs, green rugs, etc.) as their material comes from natural dyes. It is better to look for the most natural colors, the red and yellow of pomegranates and the blue of the indigoes.

4)   Determine the Usage of the Persian Rug

Consider your carpet’s location and its use before you buy it. Although they may be the ultimate luxury item, silk rugs are less durable than other materials and generally serve a more decorative purpose.

Wool rugs are more practical, as they are durable and can handle a high volume of foot traffic for decades (even centuries) without showing signs of distress. For people who have young children, these carpets are excellent at hiding any spills or messes that the kids might make.

Paying attention to using the carpet when buying also refers to choosing the right size for the rug. For example, a 6’x9′ rug or 8’x10′ rug is suitable for a medium-sized living room. Or you can choose a 4’x6′, 4’x7′, or 3’x5′ rug for the bedroom.

Cyruscrafts Handmade Rug and Carpet

Finally, nobody wants to be taken for a ride, so a bit of haggling is in order. When it comes to Persian carpets, you get what you pay for—but don’t overpay. Something too cheap will eventually show its quality. As a rule of thumb, remember that you are investing in a piece of art. Iranian carpets are painstakingly labor-intensive to create, with weavers sitting hunched over a loom for thousands of knots for several months to several years, depending on the size. In the end, If you think the price is fair, it’s a good deal.

If you wish to purchase a Persian carpet, you can contact us. We can help you get your beautiful Persian carpet delivered. Mr. Majid Zavvarian, the founder of Cyruscrafts, through years of experience in exporting Iranian goods to Canada and America, now with the help of his professional team, has made it possible for Iranians abroad or anyone who is interested in Iranian culture to be able to buy handicrafts, Iranian carpets, traditional jewelry, Iranian clothes, and Iranian snacks and have them delivered in the shortest possible time.