Antique rugs can often be the centerpiece of a room, presenting a color scheme and adding warmth and beauty beyond the ordinary. Whether an Oriental or European antique carpet, it can pull together the various elements of furniture and art, creating a stunning and unique decor. Many antique rugs come from Persia, now Iran, or from the Central Caucas region. These beautiful pieces can be hung on a wall as well as put on a floor.
Rugs as Art
Today, many people think of antique rugs as art and want to find out more about the circumstances in which it was created as well as the provenance surrounding it. Usually a rich and exciting history is behind a rug, and similar to a beautiful painting, one can enjoy knowing more about its uniqueness. Just as an antique piece of furniture has a original history, the antique rug reflects the milieu in which it was created.
Kings and queens, as well as today's movie stars, technology buffs and everyday people appreciate the artfulness of these rugs. Many are collected for their beauty and value. With some rugs, such as a 17th century Kirman rug from Persia selling for millions, the appreciation of the antique carpet's value as well as beauty has become more apparent. Hanging these treasures on a wall ensures accessibility, making viewing of the subtle nuances easier. One can still find stunning examples of antique rugs from the 1800 to 1900 period, as well as more recent carpets.
With many woven in geometric patterns, the designs reflected traditions that were passed through the generations, expressing symbolism and becoming part of the written history of a tribal heritage. Created in villages as well as by nomads, tribal weavers added to the designs that were part of their history. Some of the rugs of the Caucasus Mountain and Persian region include Kurdish, Caucasian, Afshar and Arab Khamseh rugs, among others.
Originating from service to the king, the rugs of France were the result of commissions for King Louis XIV, and were early examples of this weaving art in Europe. Savonnerie and Aubusson rugs were later woven for French aristocracy, and their use began the interest in fine carpets throughout homes of many who could afford them. Patterns, such as the acanthus leaf, lattice work, borders, medallions and flowers are typical.