Posted by Babak Rezwani

Undeniably, traditional carpets can add elegance and beauty to the room. The decision to buy the most delicate rug is essential as it requires a good investment; further, you have to live with it for quite a long time. If your preference is traditional, choosing the one that matches the room's interiors is essential. Selecting the right rug is vital for decoration purposes. You have to find the one you adore and love, plus create an aura that you desire. There are plenty of things to be considered while adding a rug that matches the traditional decor style.

Factors to be considered while adding a traditional rug:

  • Versatility:
  • A traditional rug can be added to any room design. Besides its elegance, an area rug works great to control the noise and limit echo in a larger area. Rugs elevate the look by adding depth and texture to the floors.

  • A unifying medium:
  • Rugs act as a medium to unify the decor of the house. This is particularly valid when the colour doesn't seem to match; then, a traditional rug can be a piece unifying the colours and decors of the room to make it look stylish and neat at the same time.

  • Perfect for covering the space:
  • Adding a rug to a larger space makes it cozier by bringing down the scale of the vast area, while on the other hand, it makes a smaller room look more prominent. A large-size rug accomplished with massive grand designs tends to make a room look larger.

  • Offering an easy way for transformation:
  • If you feel bored and want a change and transformation in the room, adding an area rug will transform the room's feeling and add a fresh vibe.

Top 3 traditional rugs at Babak's Oriental Carpets:

Tabriz: Tabriz rug originated from Tabriz, capital of Azarbaijan Province, falls in Persian carpets. Tabriz designs usually have a central medallion which is surrounded by arabesques, floral & garden-inspired patterns. The most popular Tabriz design is Tabriz Mahi, based on a famous Persian garden, divided into four sections by a stream.

Kashan :Kashans are hand knotted on vertical looms using cotton warps and wefts and good quality wool pile that is closely cropped. The pile often has a silky feel to it and is of very high quality. Kashans are among the finest carpets produced today, but the standard of individual items varies rather more than it does with Isfahans and it is important to assess each item on its own merits. They may be woven on either cotton or silk foundations, with between 200 to 400 Persian knots per square inch (pure silk items may have 600 or more).

The reputation of carpets made in the central Persian city of Kashan was so high that, according to Persian folklore, it was considered a compliment to say that a person came from Kashan, for this implied that they possessed quality and style. After the Court period which culminated with the reign of Shah Abbas, carpet making in Kashan was interrupted for more than two centuries between the Afghan invasion in 1722 and the end of the nineteenth century. It was only during the last quarter of the nineteenth century that some textile mill owners, finding themselves in difficulties because of competition with imported textiles, decided to try launching the carpet-making trade again.

The first examples woven after this renewed beginning of trade are noticeable for the magnificent quality of the wool, which makes the carpets extremely velvety. It would appear that these examples were made with wool imported from Australia and which was used for making very highly priced materials. These carpets are known as Kashan Motashemi, probably from the name of one of the first craftsmen. In a few years, because of the very high quality of the wool, the very fine weaving and the beautiful colours and designs, Kashans came to be classified among the finest of the Persian carpets. Contemporary production has also kept up a high level and has maintained the world prestige of these carpets.

Kashans are easily recognizable by their design. The field is almost always decorated by a central medallion, which terminates at the upper and lower ends in flowering coronets. The rest of the field is closely decorated with flowers and vine tendrils. In the four quarters a richly decorated band outlines a motif, which recalls the designs and colours of the central medallion. Kashans without a medallion are much rarer. These have a floral design accompanied by a decoration including animals such as the giraffe and peacock. The border is made up of two or four guards flanking the central one, which is always decorated with a herati border motif (a diamond-shaped band with floral heads both inside and surrounding), while the guards have the usual decoration of rosettes and a garland. Another common type of Kashan is that with figural decoration - story carpets - which are almost always in silk.

The usual background colors for Kashan carpets are rich red and dark blue. Very often the carpets with a dark blue background have medallion and border in red, and vice versa. Ivory, yellow, ochre, burnt orange and occasionally green are also employed in Kashans. A recent kind of Kashan, the pange-rangh (five colours) is, as its name implies, knotted entirely in wools dyed in five colours. The background is generally ivory and the other colours are various shades of beige, gray and light blue. The pange-rangh also has a new decoration, which consists of a geometric interpretation of the classic motifs of this area. With their soft bluish grays, these pange-rangh Kashans were specifically designed for the Western market.

Sarough: Sarough rugs are made in the Markazi province in northwestern Iran, woven in the village of Saruk and the city of Arak as well as the surrounding countryside. Saroughs are hand knotted on a vertical loom using warp and weft in cotton. The weft consists of two or sometimes three threads. In carpets made before 1915, the weft is pushed down hard against the knots, which made the carpets especially compact. The pile is of very good quality wool and is cut short. However, more recent pieces seem to have deeper piles. The Persian knot is used with a density of 160 to 400 knots per square inch.

Saroughs may be divided into two categories: carpets with traditional designs and those intended for export, particularly to the United States. The traditional designs consist, for the most part, of the central medallion pattern. The pattern is similar to those used in Kashans, but the different interpretations by different craftsmen give the carpets a special imprint. Although they have floral patterns, this is executed in an angular fashion, resulting in an incomparable fusion of floral and geometric styles. Old and antique Saroughs employ a central medallion as well as frequent use of the boteh motif, which is a stylized leaf-like floral symbol, similar to the Paisley pattern.

In contrast, the American Sarough (or Lilian) design features large blossoming floral sprays radiating outwards from a central, medallion-like, floral form. It is so named because it was adapted for the American market from a design originating in the village of Lilian; the true Lilian design has a spidery central medallion which American Saroughs do not. American Saroughs use either rich rosy reds with blues and paler rose outlining the motifs, or, less frequently, bright pastel shades (usually pale blues, turquoise or lemon yellow), used to create the same strong contrasts between motifs and field as in American Kermans.

In all Saroughs the border is simple, almost always consisting of two guards framing a wider central band, which is often decorated with heratis while the former is often of traditional rosettes and wavy line collections. The color scheme is often a bright orange-red in the field, which is softened by ivory, dark blue, red-brown and dull green. Various shades of turquoise are common in the decorative motifs.

Babak's Oriental Carpets specializes in Persian, Oriental, and Antique Carpets. All the rugs found at Babak’s Oriental Carpets are washable and easy to maintain. Give your room a complete elegant transformation by purchasing from our wide variety of carpets and rugs. We are the rug store in Victoria for delivering quality products at a reasonable price. Shop now @