I have added these pages to my website to show you some of the common designs in Persian rugs.
One of the oldest forms of Persian rugs are the Kelim type that date back over 2000 years and many of these rugs are still being made with little change. The Persian Kelim rugs are typically made by families in the mountain and tribal regions of Iran and are typically named after the regions that they are from. Among the most common Kelim rugs are those from Ardebil, Nimbaft and Verni.
The silk Kelim rugs like the one you see here are oftentimes called Verni and are classic examples of what Kelim rugs are and how they have been woven for centuries. Unlike most Kelim rugs, the Verni silk Kelim carpets are woven with a blend of wool &silk on a cotton foundation, which gives the rugs the shine and softness that makes them not only suitable for floors, but also as decor items or to be hang on walls. If you look at the picture to the right with the ruler, you can see the back of the Verni silk Kelim rug and how they are woven.
Contrary to the Persian silk Kelim rugs are the wool Kelim carpets like the Nimbaft, Loribaft, and Ardebil rugs that you can see in the pictures above. The wool Kelim rugs are often the connecting rod between the traditional Persian rugs and the Kelim rugs due to them featuring both weaving techniques in the same rug. For example, if you were to see the Nimbaft Kelim rug to the left in person, you would see that parts of the rug is made like a Kelim with the thin pile and other parts of the rug feature the thick pile that you typically see in traditional Persian rugs. Then there are also for example Ardebil Kelim rugs that are woven very much like traditional Persian rugs while featuring the designs and colors typically found in Kelim rugs.
In the picture to the right you can see how the Nimbaft rug features the wool in the border and the Kelim is in the tile designs, which gives the rug a 3-D effect and feel. The wool is like a thick border that surrounds the Kelim parts of the rug and acts like a frame. This type of Kelim rug is unfortunately becoming rarer due to the difficulty in weaving and many of weavers that used to make these types of rugs have fallen on difficult times which has forced them to abandom weaving Kelim rugs and instead supplement their income with regular jobs to support their families.
Below are some of our current Modern & Contemporary Kelim rugs and to see all of them, click here: Modern & Contemporary Kelim rugs