Few home decor items pack such a colorful history, both literally and figuratively. Oriental rugs are created around the world today; however, they all find common denominators in Asian influence. These influences are highlighted by their vibrant colors and intricate threading, the most famous of which are made through the Tibetan knot and the Persian knot.

Rug History


Carpet weaving, according to archaeologists’ findings, began in Iran. These first carpets are dated to 500 B.C., during the Achaemenid period. These magnificent carpets were used as symbols of wealth and grandeur beginning over 2,500 years ago. Although these rugs were originally reserved for the wealthy, they soon became a globally obtainable.

Perhaps one of the oldest weaving techniques used was used in the Pazyryk carpet. In this rug you can see the original inspirations for what would become the standard oriental rug. The borders are clearly defined and complimented by the rug’s deeply rich center. By the sixth century, these rugs extended their reach into homes and other constructions. No longer exclusive to wealth – these rugs became a symbol of structure and professionalism.


Before the invention of synthetic dyes used today, madder, indigo, sumac, oak, pomegranate, and larkspur were some of the only dyes made available to oriental rug makers. This remains evident in today’s rugs because of their typical color palettes of rich reds and deep blues. These natural dyes fade over time, too, creating a very sought-after patina.

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