A new trend is coming and it involves the Orient. Handknotted oriental carpets are finding their way into scandinavian and bohemian interior concepts. The vivid carpets give bright rooms a great colour accent and present themselves as eye catchers. Their broad spectrum of forms, patterns and colours are an absolute highlight for almost every room.
Nowadays design is mostly bright and less colourful. Hard floors like tiles are dominating modern interiors and plain white walls top the minimalistic atmosphere off. No wonder that interior designers are searching for ways to make homes more comfortable and interesting. One solution is becoming more and more popular: A carpet from the Orient with a strong character. There is a choice of almost infinite colour combinations with floral or geometrical patterns, flat woven or shaggy, made of silk or cotton. There is no limit to the design requirements of customers – as long as the budget is met. Real Persian carpets have been crafted by hand over months. Up to a million knots per square meter can lead to prices of 4.500€/m2. Skilled knotters may work on one of these rarities for three years.
The Persian carpets, originating from Iran, are still made in the old traditional way. Their wool or silk is naturally coloured, gained from the roots of the common madder.
Of course there are also many carpets and colours being produced industrially and synthetically, but they just can't reach the quality and the lifetime of real Persian and oriental carpets. The strength of the colours and the density of knots can't be reached by machines. That's why these hand-knotted carpets are often more expensive – quality comes with a higher price. In addition to that, skilled knotters are becoming more and more rare. Just a few young Iranians learn the art of knotting. Nowadays, many young people move to the big cities in order to study. This means: raising wages and higher prices. But for the avoidance of doubt: Oriental carpets are worth every penny and still cheap, if you have in mind, that they are highly durable and that they appreciate in value.
Answering this question seems hard. Sure, a colourful carpet with sweeping floral patterns in a somehow calm and bright atmosphere will become a highlight and improve the cosiness significantly. Those who like it more colourful can perfectly combine the colour of their rug with the colour of their couch, their mural or other pieces of furniture. The most common colours of oriental carpets are red and blue, they are also the most traditional ones. Also, the popular industrial design speaks for itself. On a smooth concrete floor under a glass table, a carpet shining in the colours of the Orient is simply stunning. And your feet will love the feeling of finest silk and wool.
Once being cheap entry-level models, nowadays, kilims are becoming more and more popular. In contrast to other carpets from the Orient, they are flat woven and used to be curtains or wall decorations. Thanks to modern design and relative cheap prices kilims find their way into many and different homes.
Patchwork carpets are made of pieces of old and restored oriental carpets and therefore they have unique patterns. Each carpet is different and a single piece. You can find all thinkable patterns and forms in thrilling designs.
In the city of Isfahan - one of the centres of Persian carpets - carpets of highest quality are produced. They are often made of soft wool from the neck of sheep, or of silk. With up to a million knots per square meter they belong to the finest of all Iranian carpets.
Damask makes every pattern possible. Many great patterns and designs have been portrayed on these Persian carpets. The term Damask comes from the Arabian city of Damascus. These carpets are usually made of fine materials like silk or cloth.
Kashan is located at central Iran and is one of the great centres of Persian carpet knotting. Since the 16th century carpets are made of highest quality at this place. Knotted by hand of regional wool, the traditional design of these carpets is a leading one: a midfield medallion on a red background with blue and beige framings.