Antique Handmade Rugs – Hand made rugs and carpets have a certain quality that sets them far above machine-made examples, irrespective of any sort of superficial similarities in design. Traditionally, the process of producing a product by hand – especially a product as complex as an Oriental carpet – is more costly than the process of producing a product by machine.
As such, the decision to make something by hand and, subsequently, to incur greater costs, must necessarily result in a superior product. This is why hand made rugs and carpets carry with them a certain expectation of care and quality.
Hand made area rugs involve an endless series of choices and decisions, minor twists and turns, that collectively give the piece its personality and presence – something that the finest machine made carpet simply cannot equal. For those who can distinguish such qualities, only hand made carpets will do, and that involves a certain minimal cost level. Hand made rugs, even a small one, can take many months to produce. A room-size carpet may take the same time, but only because it is produced by multiple weavers working in concert.
Carpets woven in towns and regional centers like Tabriz, Kerman, Mashhad, Kashan, Isfahan, Nain and Qom are characterized by their specific weaving techniques and use of high-quality materials, colours and patterns. Town manufactories like those of Tabriz have played an important historical role in reviving the tradition of carpet weaving after periods of decline. Rugs woven by the villages and various tribes of Iran are distinguished by their fine wool, bright and elaborate colours, and specific, traditional patterns. Nomadic and small village weavers often produce rugs with bolder and sometimes more coarse designs, which are considered as the most authentic and traditional rugs of Persia, as opposed to the artistic, pre-planned designs of the larger workplaces. Gabbeh rugs are the best-known type of carpet from this line of tradition.