I have added these pages to my website to give you some added information about specific types of Persian rugs.
If you are familiar with Persian rugs, you will probably know that amongst the most popular and diverse types are the fine Tabriz Persian carpets that I feature throughout my website. Unlike most Persian rugs, the Tabriz rugs come in not only all types of sizes, but also in many colors, designs, shapes and qualities. Tabriz is located in north-western Iran and due to it being a business center along the silk road that connected Europe with Asia as well as being influenced by many cultures in its proximity, the folks there are not as traditional as in other parts of Iran, which is also reflected in the Persian rugs they make. Whereas most Persian rug areas tend to focus on certain colors, shapes, or qualities, the weavers in Tabriz make rugs that come in all shapes, sizes, designs, and qualities. Below are some of our current Tabriz Persian rugs and you will find many more throughout my website.
Among unique feature about Tabriz rugs is the way their quality is measured, which is unfortunately also being misrepresented by many Persian rug dealers. Welcome to the "Raj"...
A Raj is used as a quality guide in Tabriz Persian rugs only and basically a raj is an old measurement size, which is roughly 6.8cm long and the quality of Tabriz rugs is measured by how many knots you have over the distance of 1 raj (6.8cm). For example, most of the fine Tabriz rugs I offer are of at least 50 Raj and typically have fine lambwool (kurkwool) and silk added as highlights. For my clients in the US, that basically means ~350kpsi and for if you are outside of the US, a 50 Raj Tabriz rug has about 500,000 knots per square meter.
Unfortunately, many Persian rug dealers will inflate the knot count of their rugs just like their do with their prices and one of the easiest ways to tell to tell the difference between an experienced rug dealer from a rookie is in the Raj. If the dealer uses the Raj for all of their rugs regardless of origin, then they are not pros as the raj is only used Tabriz rugs. The vast majority of Tabriz rugs are made in the 30 and 40 Raj quality and those are also much less expensive and more classic in design. Once you enter the roam of the 50 Raj Tabriz rugs, you are now looking at very fine Persian rugs that are much more detailed in design and you will also see a much larger selection of colors, shapes and designs.
The Tabriz Persian rugs I offer are all of a high quality 50 Raj and higher and typically feature silk in the pile as highlights. There are also many Tabriz rugs that are of a higher quality and they typically have a silk foundation and go as high as 80 Raj, which translates into up to about 800 KPSI (1+ million knots per mÂ²). One of the many reasons why the Tabriz Persian rugs are considered to be amongst best Persian rugs is that they use what is known as a Turkish knot, which is a double knot that makes them much more durable than other types of fine Persian rugs that are made using Persian knots like the rugs made in Qum, Isfahan and Nain.
Since Tabriz rugs come in all shapes, colors and sizes, I think the easiest way to show you some is by simply pointing you to my pages that showcase the Tabriz rugs. Here you will find hundreds of the finest Tabriz rugs you will find anywhere on the web and you will instantly see why they are as popular as they are. Simply click on the link to our Tabriz rug pages here.
Genuine Signed Faraji