+ Antique / Persia


+ Antique / Persia


+ Antique / Persia

Farahan Saruq

Historical informationHistorical information

There is evidence of the use and spread of carpets in Persia as far back as the second century B.C. and Iran is considered the land of origin of the oriental carpet.


Characterised by painstaking technique and refined decoration, these carpets reached their maximum splendour during the safavide era, particularly in the seventeenth century, a period of economic wealth and great political prestige for Persia. The knotted carpets from various locations are frequently named after the city, town, village or district of origin, or after the nomadic peoples who made them.  


The distinctive feature of Persian carpets is the vast repertory of designs used, which are generally highly complex and intricate, varying in style, depending on the density of the knots, from curvilinear to geometrical.  

Generally, although not always, the more realistic, and thus curvilinear, designs are to be found on the refined carpets produced in towns and cities, while the more stylised patterns were mostly produced in villages. Given the minute detail work and the complexity and the assembly of pattern elements, the colours do not have the same impact and immediacy evident in Anatolian and Caucasian carpets.  


The shades are generally muted, never garish, and are brighter above all in the tribal works. The predominant colours are generally reds and blues, used for both backgrounds and patterns. Ivory whites are often found in the fields, borders and motifs, attenuating the occasionally overbearing severity of certain compositions.