Tehrân Carpet 12'6" x 9'1"

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The finishing of this carpet was done using centuries old traditional techniques. Once its laborious hand-knotting was completed, it was rolled and entirely submerged in a sanitizing bath where its fibers fully absorbed all cleaning liquid. After which it was laid flat on the ground where a team of cleaners used wooden oar-like paddles to push the water through its fibers and draw out impurities. Oar strokes were done in sync to prevent the carpet from getting torn. Each stroke tightened the knots even further. No machines were involved in its washing or drying.

Materials & Craftsmanship:
This fine, diligently hand-knotted area rug contains a perfect blend of 80% pure silk and 20% pure wool. Persian & Oriental rugs made from a high percentage of silk are intricate and are often the most valuable of all handmade carpets. The silk fibers in this piece create a beautiful sheen throughout the field and borders, providing an ultra luxurious feel. The use of silk ensures a precise rendering of the decorative design patterns since strong silk fibers permit skilled weavers to weave more knots per square inch (KPSI) than those of wool carpets. A typical Persian or Oriental rug made from wool might have between 100 and 300 KPSI – a typical 80% silk rug contains between 200 to 500 KPSI. As a result, weaving the rug will require roughly three times the amount of work, and this is one of the main reasons that silk rugs cost two to three times more than wool rugs. The detailing of this piece also contains wool, which increases its durability.

A Brief History of Tehrân (Tehran) Carpets

Traditional method of cleaning persian carpets in TehranCarpets made in the metropolitan and capital city of Iran, Tehran, are known for their curvilinear patterns and the excellent quality of their wool. Most of these carpets are around fifty years old and tend to be formal workshop products. Today, it is very difficult to find a new carpet from Tehran, unless it has been specially commissioned by museums or rich buyers. Weavers in Tehran make carpets and rugs in many different sizes. However, the majority of them are mid-sized (6' x 4' feet to 10' x 8' feet). The texture of these carpets is usually made up of soft wool that is thin and tightly knotted (between 3500 to 5500 knots per square inch).

This type of carpet has the same type of design as the Veramin carpet but with a special emphasis made on flowers and animals. These carpets in particular tend to reproduce verses of the Koran. Tehran is also one of the few cities in Iran that produces carpets that are woven both with Persian and Turkish knots. One of the most famous master weavers and rug designers of Tehran was Rassam Arabzadeh who died in 1996. He is considered the father of the pictorial carpet in Iran. Today, his works are on display at the Rassam Arabzadeh Carpet Museum and the Carpet Museum of Tehran.The art and carpet weaving industries are important in Tehran because there are numerous workshops and factories for washing, spinning and dyeing of top quality and standardized wool in the city and its outskirts. To learn more about iranian rugs, please visit our Persian Rugs section.

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