The furnishings we choose for our homes change the space and bring texture and life to otherwise empty rooms. For those who collect antiques and other decorative items, the pièce de résistance for many is to own a Persian rug. These specimens are made from the finest materials and the high prices they command reflect that. But, it’s not just the design or the materials that make these rugs so expensive. As Business Insider outlines, some of the most expensive Persian rugs can take years to make- just like in the old days of kings and queens ordering custom rugs for their palaces.
The reason it takes so long to make a true Persian rug is that much of the work is still done by hand. The painstaking process not only involves dyeing the wool and silk for the pile, but also creating a unique pattern and then executing the production on a loom the likes of which haven’t changed much in centuries. Many of the weavers are women who take great pride in their work and work on horizontal looms from their homes, knotting each piece of yarn by hand.
Persian rugs originated in Iran (though today some sellers refer to some rugs made outside Iran as Persian as well). Some of the most well known types of rug patterns are Ishfahan from central Iran, Quom carpets from the north, Bidjar rugs from the west, and the distinctive Gabbeh rugs from the southwest.
Find out more about what it takes to make a precious Persian rug in the video below.