Persian Rugs - The King of Rugs

Worldwide directory of Persian Rugs

loading data

Choose your country...

Persian Rugs

Persian Rugs are an essential part of the Persian art and culture. Carpet-weaving is undoubtedly one of the most distinguished manifestations of Persian culture and art, and dates back to ancient Persia (currently known as Iran).

  • Iran produces several million square meters of carpets annually—about 80% percent of which are sold in international markets.
  • Iran is the world’s largest producer and exporter of handmade carpets, producing three quarters of the world’s total output.
  • Iran is also the maker of the largest handmade carpet in history, measuring 60,546 square feet (5,624.9 square meters).

Persian Carpets

To look at a Persian Carpet is to gaze into a world of artistic magnificence nurtured for more than 2,500 years. The Persian carpet is the finest and most exquisite form of expression one can find and the best specimen’s available today which ranks amongst the highest level of art ever attained by mankind.


To trace the history of the Persian carpet is to follow a path of cultural growth of one of the greatest civilizations the world has ever known. And for many centuries, of course, the Persian carpet has received international acknowledgement for its artistic splendor. In palaces, famous buildings, rich homes and museums throughout the world a Persian carpet is amongst the most treasured possessions.

Oriental Rugs

Many people in Iran have invested their whole wealth in Persian carpets – often referred to as an Iranian’s stock and shares – and there are underground storage areas in Tehran’s bazaar that are full of fine specimens, kept as investments by shrewd businessmen. The element of luxury with which the Persian carpet is associated today provides a marked contrast with its humble beginnings among the nomadic tribes that at one times wandered the great expanse of Persia in search of their livelihood. Then, it was an article of necessity to protect the tribes from the bitterly cold winters of the country.


But out of necessity was born art...


Through their bright colors and magical designs, the floor and entrance coverings that protected the tribesmen from the ravages of the weather also brought gay relief to their dour and hardy lives. In those early days the size of the carpet was often small, dependent upon the size of the tent or room in which the people lived.


Besides being an article of furniture, the carpet was also a form of writing for the illiterate tribesmen, setting down their fortunes and setbacks, their aspirations and joys. It also came to be used as a prayer mat by thousands of Muslim believers. Thus began a process of fathers handing down their skills to their sons, who built on those skills and in turn handed down the closely guarded family secrets to their offsprings.


Learn More by visiting our Persian Rug Guide, Glossary, Cleaning and Gallery page.