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Traditional Rugs

Nothing comes close to the style and beauty of a Traditional Rug

Traditional rugs are available in a vast range of qualities and designs from budget machine woven rugs to unique vegetable dyed, hand knotted carpets that take months to compete. Classic designs origins date back centuries and are usually based on Persian, Turkish and Oriental patterns. Please feel free to view our collections of classical designs, most are available in medium sizes from 120cm x 170cm to extra large sizes of 200cm x 290cm and you may even find a few available in XX large 240cm x 330cm sizes.

So, what are traditional Rugs?

We often look at stripes or tartans as trendy, but they are without doubt traditional patterns, it’s only variations in colour and styling that give them a modernistic theme. A modern traditional rug or carpet usually takes its design characteristics from ancient hand knotted Persian and Turkish designs. There are literally hundreds of design styles, which may look similar, but have all have their own little idiosyncrasies depending upon the people or province who wove them. With traditional rugs, many design names which often relate to the city or town they originated, in the case of tribal nomadic designs it’s the name of the tribe.

List and breif description of typical and not so typical designs that adorn our traditional rugs

Afshar Rugs: Styled on Turkic Afshar tribes from mountainous regions of Iranian Azerbaijan. The style of design is geometric florals often featuring blue, rust and ochre colours.

Classic Coloured Afshar Carpet

Agra Rugs: More famous for its landmark the Taj Mahal, Agra is a large city in the Uttar Pradesh province in India. The traditional rugs have patterns that dominate this region are typically floral scrolls in an all-over style design. 

Agra Rug Red with Cream Border

Ardebil Rugs: Traditional rugs from the Iranian north western Arbabil province, their weaves are famed for the using the Azerbaijani knot. The rug designs generally feature geometric motifs in the centrepiece and borders. Popular design stiles include Herati and Mir designs. 

hand made Geometric Motif with Machine woven Mir Design

Aubusson rugs: Today we associate the popular scrolling leaves and rose motif designs with hand-tufted Chinese and Indian rugs. However, the origins of these designs are in fact European, Aubusson is a town in central France where flat woven tapestry rugs were produced for the aristocracy to adorn the chateau’s and palaces. While we believe the weaving of traditional rugs first appeared in Aubusson in the 15th Century, the popularity of the these rugs reached their heights in mid 18th Century. 

hand-tufted Chinese Aubusson wool Rug

Bakhtiar Rugs: Originally made by the nomadic Bakhtiari tribe of Iran these traditional rugs are produced in earthy tones of browns, greens, reds, whites and yellows. The patterns are generally botanically themed, with trailing flowers in a square panel design.

Baluch Rugs Woven by Baluch tribes of north eastern Iran and western Afghanistan, these traditional rugs and carpets are often dark and limited in colour often displaying no white or ivory in the predominantly geometric design.

Baluch Tribal Rugs are very dull in colour

Bidjar (Bijar) Rugs:

Bidjar Rug

Bokhara Rugs:

Woven Wilton Bokhara Rug in Black  

Gabbeh Rugs

Ghashghai Rugs: This nomadic people who herd their flocks in Central and Southern Iran have many spelling variations for their tribe, such as Ghashghaei, Kashkay, Gashgay or Qashqai (like the car)

Ghiordes Rugs

Hamadan Rugs

Hereke Rugs

Heriz Rugs

Jerevan Rugs

Isfahan Rugs

Lori Rugs

Lori Tribal Persian Rug

Kayseri Rugs

Kerman Rugs

Keshan Rugs

Keshan Rug with central madallion

Koliai Rugs

Mashad Rugs

Mekri Rugs

Nahavand Rugs

Nain Rugs

Nain Rug with Traditional centre medallion

Oushak Rugs

Savonnerie Rugs: During the 17th century, artisans and orphans wove rugs in a former soap factory in Paris, France. The weaving style was developed using the Turkish Ghiordes knot while the design styles were elegantly decadent to suit the French Renaissance Architecture.

Traditional Savonnerie Design Hand-tufted Rug in Wool Senneh Rugs

Shiraz Rugs

Tabriz Rugs

Tabriz Rug

Yahyali Rugs

Ziegler Rugs

Many of these traditional rugs names are taken from the town or village where the design originated while others are produced by Nomadic tribesman and take their name from the tribe. Today's machine made carpets take many of the pattern concepts of these rugs and reproduce them in a vast aray of colours and textures. A modern traditional beige rug is most likely to be made using a heat set polypropylene which as the soft touch of a wool but with far greater durability and stain resistance. Please feel free to browse our traditional rugs collection to find the perfect choice for your home.

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Traditional Rugs

Nothing comes close to the style and beauty of a Traditional Rug

Traditional rugs are available in a vast range of qualities and designs from budget machine woven rugs to unique vegetable dyed, hand knotted carpets that take months to compete. Classic designs origins date back centuries and are usually based on Persian, Turkish and Oriental patterns. Please feel free to view our collections of classical designs, most are available in medium sizes from 120cm x 170cm to extra large sizes of 200cm x 290cm and you may even find a few available in XX large 240cm x 330cm sizes.

So, what are traditional Rugs?

We often look at stripes or tartans as trendy, but they are without doubt traditional patterns, it’s only variations in colour and styling that give them a modernistic theme. A modern traditional rug or carpet usually takes its design characteristics from ancient hand knotted Persian and Turkish designs. There are literally hundreds of design styles, which may look similar, but have all have their own little idiosyncrasies depending upon the people or province who wove them. With traditional rugs, many design names which often relate to the city or town they originated, in the case of tribal nomadic designs it’s the name of the tribe.

List and breif description of typical and not so typical designs that adorn our traditional rugs

Afshar Rugs: Styled on Turkic Afshar tribes from mountainous regions of Iranian Azerbaijan. The style of design is geometric florals often featuring blue, rust and ochre colours.

Classic Coloured Afshar Carpet

Agra Rugs: More famous for its landmark the Taj Mahal, Agra is a large city in the Uttar Pradesh province in India. The traditional rugs have patterns that dominate this region are typically floral scrolls in an all-over style design. 

Agra Rug Red with Cream Border

Ardebil Rugs: Traditional rugs from the Iranian north western Arbabil province, their weaves are famed for the using the Azerbaijani knot. The rug designs generally feature geometric motifs in the centrepiece and borders. Popular design stiles include Herati and Mir designs. 

hand made Geometric Motif with Machine woven Mir Design

Aubusson rugs: Today we associate the popular scrolling leaves and rose motif designs with hand-tufted Chinese and Indian rugs. However, the origins of these designs are in fact European, Aubusson is a town in central France where flat woven tapestry rugs were produced for the aristocracy to adorn the chateau’s and palaces. While we believe the weaving of traditional rugs first appeared in Aubusson in the 15th Century, the popularity of the these rugs reached their heights in mid 18th Century. 

hand-tufted Chinese Aubusson wool Rug

Bakhtiar Rugs: Originally made by the nomadic Bakhtiari tribe of Iran these traditional rugs are produced in earthy tones of browns, greens, reds, whites and yellows. The patterns are generally botanically themed, with trailing flowers in a square panel design.

Baluch Rugs Woven by Baluch tribes of north eastern Iran and western Afghanistan, these traditional rugs and carpets are often dark and limited in colour often displaying no white or ivory in the predominantly geometric design.

Baluch Tribal Rugs are very dull in colour

Bidjar (Bijar) Rugs:

Bidjar Rug

Bokhara Rugs:

Woven Wilton Bokhara Rug in Black  

Gabbeh Rugs

Ghashghai Rugs: This nomadic people who herd their flocks in Central and Southern Iran have many spelling variations for their tribe, such as Ghashghaei, Kashkay, Gashgay or Qashqai (like the car)

Ghiordes Rugs

Hamadan Rugs

Hereke Rugs

Heriz Rugs

Jerevan Rugs

Isfahan Rugs

Lori Rugs

Lori Tribal Persian Rug

Kayseri Rugs

Kerman Rugs

Keshan Rugs

Keshan Rug with central madallion

Koliai Rugs

Mashad Rugs

Mekri Rugs

Nahavand Rugs

Nain Rugs

Nain Rug with Traditional centre medallion

Oushak Rugs

Savonnerie Rugs: During the 17th century, artisans and orphans wove rugs in a former soap factory in Paris, France. The weaving style was developed using the Turkish Ghiordes knot while the design styles were elegantly decadent to suit the French Renaissance Architecture.

Traditional Savonnerie Design Hand-tufted Rug in Wool Senneh Rugs

Shiraz Rugs

Tabriz Rugs

Tabriz Rug

Yahyali Rugs

Ziegler Rugs

Many of these traditional rugs names are taken from the town or village where the design originated while others are produced by Nomadic tribesman and take their name from the tribe. Today's machine made carpets take many of the pattern concepts of these rugs and reproduce them in a vast aray of colours and textures. A modern traditional beige rug is most likely to be made using a heat set polypropylene which as the soft touch of a wool but with far greater durability and stain resistance. Please feel free to browse our traditional rugs collection to find the perfect choice for your home.

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