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Oriental and Persian style traditional rugs 

Oriental and Persian style traditional rugs are available in a vast range of qualities and designs from cheap machine woven rugs to unique vegetable dyed, hand-knotted wool rugs that take months to compete. Classic designs origins date back centuries and are usually based on Persian, Turkish and Oriental patterns. Please feel free to view our collections of classical designs, most are available in medium sizes from 120cm x 170cm to extra large sizes of 200cm x 290cm and you may even find a few available in XX large 240cm x 330cm sizes.

So, what are traditional Rugs?

We often look at stripes or tartans as trendy, but they are without doubt traditional patterns, it’s only variations in colour and styling that give them a modernistic theme. A modern traditional rug or carpet usually takes its design characteristics from ancient hand knotted Persian and Turkish designs. There are literally hundreds of design styles, which may look similar, but have all have their own little idiosyncrasies depending upon the people or province who wove them. Real traditional rugs are woven in wool and many of the design names relate to the city or town they originated, in the case of tribal nomadic designs it’s the name of the tribe.

A list and a brief description of typical and not so typical designs that adorn our traditional rugs

Rugs with a central Medallion generally follow similar design themes, the symbols that make up the design of the rug usually have a message to convey, here are a few examples that you will see in varying forms on many rugs.

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Typical Persian Rug Design Elements

Star: Spirituality and Good Luck Diamond: Signifies woman when two diamonds are attached together this means a man and a woman. Comb: Cleanliness Lotus: Rebirth and Immortality. Dog: Protection, trust and defence Boteh: Flame and Universe Cross: Faith Ram’s Horn: Fertility, heroism and power Pomegranate: Fertility Iris: Religious Liberty Tree of Life: The direct path from Earth to Heaven.

Afshar Rugs: Styled on Turkic Afshar tribes from mountainous regions of Iranian Azerbaijan. The style of design is geometric florals often featuring blue, rust and ochre colours.

Agra Rugs: More famous for its landmark the Taj Mahal, Agra is a large city in the Uttar Pradesh province in India. The traditional rugs have patterns that dominate this region are typically floral scrolls in an all-over style design. 

Ardebil Rugs: Traditional rugs from the Iranian north western Arbabil province, their weaves are famed for the using the Azerbaijani knot. The rug designs generally feature geometric motifs in the centrepiece and borders. Popular design stiles include Herati and Mir designs. 

Aubusson rugs: Today we associate the popular scrolling leaves and rose motif designs with hand-tufted Chinese and Indian rugs. However, the origins of these designs are in fact European, Aubusson is a town in central France where flat woven tapestry rugs were produced for the aristocracy to adorn the chateau’s and palaces. While we believe the weaving of traditional rugs first appeared in Aubusson in the 15th Century, the popularity of the these rugs reached their heights in mid 18th Century. 

Bakhtiar Rugs: Originally made by the nomadic Bakhtiari tribe of Iran these traditional rugs are produced in earthy tones of browns, greens, reds, whites and yellows. The patterns are generally botanically themed, with trailing flowers in a square panel design.

Baluch Rugs Woven by Baluch tribes of north eastern Iran and western Afghanistan, these traditional rugs and carpets are often dark and limited in colour often displaying no white or ivory in the predominantly geometric design.

Bidjar (Bijar)| Bokhara | Gabbeh

Ghashghai Rugs: This nomadic people who herd their flocks in Central and Southern Iran have many spelling variations for their tribe, such as Ghashghaei, Kashkay, Gashgay or Qashqai (like the car)

Lori | Keshan | Nain | Oushak

Savonnerie Rugs: During the 17th century, artisans and orphans wove rugs in a former soap factory in Paris, France. The weaving style was developed using the Turkish Ghiordes knot while the design styles were elegantly decadent to suit the French Renaissance Architecture.

Senneh Rugs | Shiraz | Tabriz | Yahyali | Ziegler

Many of these traditional rugs names are taken from the town or village where the design originated while others are produced by Nomadic tribesman and take their name from the tribe. Today's machine made carpets take many of the pattern concepts of these rugs and reproduce them in a vast array of colours and textures. A modern traditional beige rug is most likely to be made using a heat-set polypropylene which as the soft touch of a wool but with far greater durability and stain resistance. Please feel free to browse our traditional rugs collection to find the perfect choice for your home.


  • Runners Traditional Design in Red 60 x 230cm & 66 x 300cm

    Runners Traditional...

    Runners: 60cm x 230cm | 66cm x 300cm Avaiable in two sizes this carpet runner is classically styled and manufactured on Wilton loom using stain resistant, heat set polypropylene fibre to give a soft wool like feel. The simple medallion centered in an overall bed of iris and lotus gives the runner…
    £69.99 £41.99
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  • Classic Marakesh Aubusson Style in Dark Green and Antique Ivory

    Classic Marakesh Aubusson...

    Traditional Marakesh Aubusson Style Rug in Dark Green Dark Green and Antique Ivory 240cm x 330cm | 180cm x 270cm | 160cm x 220cm | 120cm x 170cm | 80cm x 150cm Traditional designs have an eternal appeal and when it comes to p…
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  • Traditional Style Woven Rugs and Runners in Green

    Traditional Style Woven...

    Sizes available: Rugs:  80cm x 150cm | 120cm x 170cm | 160cm x 230cm | 200cm x 290cm | 240cm x 330cm Runners: 67cm x 230cm | 67cm x 300cm This rug is classically styled and manufactured on Wilton loom using stain resistant, heat set polypropylene fibre to give a soft wool like feel. The simple…
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  • Traditional Style Woven Rugs and Runners in Ivory beige

    Traditional Style Woven...

    Approx 3 Day Delivery on this Rug Sizes available: Rugs: 60cm x 110cm | 80cm x 150cm | 120cm x 170cm | 160cm x 230cm | 200cm x 290cm | 240cm x 330cm Runners: 60cm x 230cm | 67cm x 300cm This rug is classically styled and manufactured on Wilton loom using stain resistant, heat set polypropyle…
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  • Traditional Style Woven Rugs and Runners in Red and Beige

    Traditional Style Woven...

    Sizes available: Rugs: 60cm x 110cm | 80cm x 150cm | 120cm x 170cm | 160cm x 230cm | 200cm x 290cm | 240cm x 330cm Runners: 60cm x 230cm | 67cm x 300cm This rug is classically styled and manufactured on Wilton loom using stain resistant, heat set polypropylene fibre to give a soft wool like fee…
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  • 150cm x 240cm Manor Lodge Traditional 100% Wool Medallion Pattern in Navy Blue,

    150cm x 240cm Manor Lodge...

    150cm x 240cm  Manor Lodge is a 100% wool traditional medallion  hand tufted rug coloured classically in navy blue, cream, brick and pinky beige. The rug has been hand tufted by Indian artisans then the design elements have been carefully carved to accentuate the pattern. Suitable for heavy Wea…
    £299.00 £149.00
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  • 150cm x 240cm Manor Lodge medallion in Classic Red 100% Wool

    150cm x 240cm Manor Lodge...

    150cm x 240cm  Manor Lodge is a traditional wool medallion design rug coloured in in red, cream, brick and pinky beige. The rug has been hand tufted by Indian artisans using a quality wool fibre then the design elements have been carefully carved to accentuate the pattern. Suitable for heavy Wea…
    £299.00 £149.00
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  • Classic Marakesh Aubusson Style Rug in Brown and Beige

    Classic Marakesh Aubusson...

    Traditional Marakesh Aubusson Style Rug in Brown Brown and Beige 240cm x 330cm | 180cm x 270cm | 160cm x 220cm | 120cm x 170cm | 80cm x 150cm Traditional designs have an eternal appeal and when it comes to pricing usually onl…
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  • Classic Marakesh Aubusson Style in Black and Beige

    Classic Marakesh Aubusson...

    Traditional Marakesh Aubusson Style Rug in Black Black and Beige 240cm x 330cm | 180cm x 270cm | 160cm x 220cm | 120cm x 170cm | 80cm x 150cm Traditional designs have an eternal appeal and when it comes to pricing usually onl…
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  • Classic 140cm Round Aubusson Style in Light Green and Dull Cream

    Classic 140cm Round...

    Traditional Round Marakesh Aubusson Style Rug in Light Green Light Green and Dull Cream 140cm Circle Traditional designs have an eternal appeal and when it comes to pricing usually only found at the higher end of the market. …
    £55.54 £44.43
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  • Classic Marakesh Aubusson Style in Red and Cream

    Classic Marakesh Aubusson...

    Traditional Marakesh Aubusson Style Rug in Red Red and Cream 240cm x 330cm | 180cm x 270cm | 160cm x 220cm | 120cm x 170cm | 80cm x 150cm Traditional designs have an eternal appeal and when it comes to pricing usually only fo…
    £44.44 £31.11
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  • Pure Wool Chinese Handcrafted Aubusson Rugs in Blue

    Pure Wool Chinese...

    100% Wool Aubusson Chinese rug design in Blue also available in runners, circular and half moon. Since the 14th century Aubusson in central France has been famous for its tapestries and flat woven rugs that often depicted an ornate central floral pattern and edged with an equally decorative bord…
    £88.87 £66.65
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  • Traditional Bokhara Black and Beige Hall Runner

    Traditional Bokhara Black...

    60cm x 230cm (2ft x 7ft 7in) 60cm x 300cm (2ft x 9ft 9in) The classic design elements of the New English Manor runner in combination with the traditional colouring delivers a woven Wilton carpet runner that is as sophisticated as it is attractive. Woven by Turkish craftsman using extra d…
    £59.99 £49.99
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  • Keshan Green and Cream Traditional Runner

    Keshan Green and Cream...

    60cm x 230cm (2ft x 7ft 7in) 60cm x 300cm (2ft x 9ft 9in) The classic design elements of the New English Manor runner in combination with the traditional colouring delivers a woven Wilton carpet runner that is as sophisticated as it is attractive. Woven by Turkish craftsman using extra de…
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  • Keshan Red and Cream Rug in 120 x 170cm

    Keshan Red and Cream Rug...

    120cm x 170cm (3ft 11in x 5ft 7in) 160cm x 230cm (5ft 3in x 7ft 7in) The classic design elements of the New English Manor rug in combination with the traditional colouring delivers a woven Wilton rug that is as sophisticated as it is attractive. Woven by Turkish craftsman using extra den…
    £111.09 £66.65
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  • Bokhara Black Rug in 120 x 170cm

    Bokhara Black Rug in 120...

    120cm x 170cm (3ft 11in x 5ft 7in) The classic design elements of the New English Manor rug in combination with the traditional colouring delivers a woven Wilton rug that is as sophisticated as it is attractive. Woven by Turkish craftsman using extra dense 800,000 points per square metre co…
    £111.09 £59.99
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  • Taj Abad Persian Runners Rug Terracotta, Red and Cream 79cm x 285cm

    Taj Abad Persian Runners...

    Taj Abad Hand knotted rugs and carpets take many months to weave, because they are woven by entirely hand each rug is unique. The wool yarn is cut from the sheep, dyed using vegetable dyes and spun hand. The rug is meticulously woven to the desired design using a Senneh knot. After the weaving it…
    £729.09 £345.00
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  • Chenar Persian Runners Rug Terracotta, Navy and Cream 82cm x 285cm

    Chenar Persian Runners...

    Chenar Size: 82cm x 285cm Colour: Terracotta, Cream & Navy Origin: Iran Style: Geometric Province: Chenar Pile Content: 100% Wool   Hand knotted rugs and carpets take many months to weave, because they are woven by entirely hand each rug is unique. The wool yarn is cut from …
    £762.42 £325.00
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  • Koliai Persian Runners Rug Terracotta, Navy and Cream 98cm x 284cm

    Koliai Persian Runners...

    Koliai Hand knotted rugs and carpets take many months to weave, because they are woven by entirely hand each rug is unique. The wool yarn is cut from the sheep, dyed using vegetable dyes and spun hand. The rug is meticulously woven to the desired design using a Senneh knot. After the weaving it i…
    £895.74 £380.00
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  • Hamadan Persian Runners Rug Red, Navy and Cream 90cm x 283cm

    Hamadan Persian Runners...

    Hamadan Hand knotted rugs and carpets take many months to weave, because they are woven by entirely hand each rug is unique. The wool yarn is cut from the sheep, dyed using vegetable dyes and spun hand. The rug is meticulously woven to the desired design using a Senneh knot. After the weaving it …
    £826.31 £390.00
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  • Hamadan Persian Runners Rug Navy, Green and Terracotta 76cm x 264cm

    Hamadan Persian Runners...

    Hamadan Size: 76cm x 264cm (2' 5" x 8' 7") Colour: Terracotta, Green & Navy Origin: Iran Style: Geometric Province: Hamadan Pile Content: 100% Wool Hand knotted rugs and carpets take many months to weave, because they are woven by entirely hand each rug is unique. The wool yarn…
    £605.50 £295.00
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    Roudbar in Ivory and Terrcaotta 96cm x 147cm

    Roudbar in Ivory and...

    Roudbar Hand knotted rugs and carpets take many months to weave, because they are woven by entirely hand each rug is unique. The wool yarn is cut from the sheep, dyed using vegetable dyes and spun hand. The rug is meticulously woven to the desired design using a Senneh knot. After the weaving it …
    £418.75 £220.00
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  • Royal Agra Persian Rug in Red and Black 118cm x 186cm

    Royal Agra Persian Rug in...

    Royal Agra   Hand knotted rugs and carpets take many months to weave, because they are woven by entirely hand each rug is unique. The wool yarn is cut from the sheep, dyed using vegetable dyes and spun hand. The rug is meticulously woven to the desired design using a Senneh knot. After the weav…
    £599.00 £285.00
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  • Zanjan Hand knotted Rug in Terracotta and Navy 130cm x 214cm

    Zanjan Hand knotted Rug...

    Zanjan Size: 130cm x 214cm (51in x 84in) Colour: Terracotta and Navy Origin: Iran Style: Medallion Province: Zanjan Pile Content: 100% Wool Other Features: Has Misshaped Edge Hand knotted rugs and carpets take many months to weave, because they are woven by entirely hand each …
    £1,085.00 £625.00
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    Nahavand Persian Rug in Terracotta and Navy Blue 157cm x 311cm

    Nahavand Persian Rug in...

    Nahavand Hand knotted rugs and carpets take many months to weave, because they are woven by entirely hand each rug is unique. The wool yarn is cut from the sheep, dyed using vegetable dyes and spun hand. The rug is meticulously woven to the desired design using a Senneh knot. After the weaving it…
    £1,118.75 £550.00
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  • Pure Wool Chinese Handcrafted Aubusson Rugs in Red

    Pure Wool Chinese...

    100% Wool Aubusson Chinese rug design in burgundty red also available in runners, circular and half moon. Since the 14th century Aubusson in central France has been famous for its tapestries and flat woven rugs that often depicted an ornate central floral pattern and edged with an equally decora…
    £88.87 £66.65
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  • 4ft Circular Pure Wool Chinese Handcrafted Aubusson Rugs in Blue

    4ft Circular Pure Wool...

    120cm Circular 100% Wool Aubusson Chinese rug design in Blue also available in runners, oblong and half moon. Since the 14th century Aubusson in central France has been famous for its tapestries and flat woven rugs that often depicted an ornate central floral pattern and edged with an equally …
    £99.98 £88.87
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  • 4ft Circle Wool Chinese Hand Tufted Aubusson Rugs in Green

    4ft Circle Wool Chinese...

    120cm Round Rugs 100% Wool Aubusson Chinese rug design in Light Green also available in runners, oblong and half moon. Since the 14th century Aubusson in central France has been famous for its tapestries and flat woven rugs that often depicted an ornate central floral pattern and edged with an e…
    £99.98 £88.87
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  • 120cm Round Wool Chinese Handcrafted Aubusson Rugs in Red

    120cm Round Wool Chinese...

    4ft Round Rug 100% Wool Aubusson Chinese rug design in burgundty red also available in runners, oblong and half moon. Since the 14th century Aubusson in central France has been famous for its tapestries and flat woven rugs that often depicted an ornate central floral pattern and edged with an e…
    £99.98 £88.87
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  • 120cm Circle Wool Chinese Handmade Aubusson Rugs in Fawn Beige

    120cm Circle Wool Chinese...

    4ft circular 100% Wool Aubusson Chinese rug design in Fawn Beige also available in runners, oblong and half moon. Since the 14th century Aubusson in central France has been famous for its tapestries and flat woven rugs that often depicted an ornate central floral pattern and edged with an equal…
    £99.98 £88.87
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  • Hall Runner 67cm x 210cm Pure Wool Chinese Aubusson in Blue

    Hall Runner 67cm x 210cm...

    Pure Wool Aubusson Chinese runner design in Blue also available in circular, oblong and half moon. Since the 14th century Aubusson in central France has been famous for its tapestries and flat woven rugs that often depicted an ornate central floral pattern and edged with an equally decorative …
    £99.98 £88.87
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  • 67cm x 210cm Runner in Green Wool Chinese Hand Tufted Aubusson

    67cm x 210cm Runner in...

    67cm x 210xm Carpet Runner 100% Wool Aubusson Chinese rug design in Light Green also available in circles, oblong and half moon. Since the 14th century Aubusson in central France has been famous for its tapestries and flat woven rugs that often depicted an ornate central floral pattern and edge…
    £99.98 £88.87
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  • 67cm x 210cm Runner Wool Chinese Aubusson Handmade Rugs in Fawn Beige

    67cm x 210cm Runner Wool...

    67cm x 210cm 100% Wool Aubusson Chinese rug design in Fawn Beige also available in runners, oblong and half moon. Since the 14th century Aubusson in central France has been famous for its tapestries and flat woven rugs that often depicted an ornate central floral pattern and edged with an equal…
    £99.98 £88.87
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  • Hall Runner 67cm x 210cm Red Wool Chinese Handcrafted Aubusson Design

    Hall Runner 67cm x 210cm...

    Carpet Runner 67cm x 210cm 100% Wool Aubusson Chinese rug design in burgundty red also available in circles, oblong and half moon. Since the 14th century Aubusson in central France has been famous for its tapestries and flat woven rugs that often depicted an ornate central floral pattern and ed…
    £99.98 £88.87
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  • Half Moon Rugs Wool Chinese Handmade Aubusson in Blue

    Half Moon Rugs Wool...

    Half Moon Rug 100% Wool Aubusson Chinese rug design in Blue also available in runners, oblong and circles. Since the 14th century Aubusson in central France has been famous for its tapestries and flat woven rugs that often depicted an ornate central floral pattern and edged with an equally deco…
    £66.65 £55.54
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  • Half Moon Wool Handmade Aubusson Chinese Rugs in Red

    Half Moon Wool Handmade...

    Half Moon 100% Wool Aubusson Chinese rug design in burgundty red also available in runners, oblong and half moon. Since the 14th century Aubusson in central France has been famous for its tapestries and flat woven rugs that often depicted an ornate central floral pattern and edged with an equal…
    £66.65 £55.54
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Oriental and Persian style traditional rugs 

Oriental and Persian style traditional rugs are available in a vast range of qualities and designs from cheap machine woven rugs to unique vegetable dyed, hand-knotted wool rugs that take months to compete. Classic designs origins date back centuries and are usually based on Persian, Turkish and Oriental patterns. Please feel free to view our collections of classical designs, most are available in medium sizes from 120cm x 170cm to extra large sizes of 200cm x 290cm and you may even find a few available in XX large 240cm x 330cm sizes.

So, what are traditional Rugs?

We often look at stripes or tartans as trendy, but they are without doubt traditional patterns, it’s only variations in colour and styling that give them a modernistic theme. A modern traditional rug or carpet usually takes its design characteristics from ancient hand knotted Persian and Turkish designs. There are literally hundreds of design styles, which may look similar, but have all have their own little idiosyncrasies depending upon the people or province who wove them. Real traditional rugs are woven in wool and many of the design names relate to the city or town they originated, in the case of tribal nomadic designs it’s the name of the tribe.

A list and a brief description of typical and not so typical designs that adorn our traditional rugs

Rugs with a central Medallion generally follow similar design themes, the symbols that make up the design of the rug usually have a message to convey, here are a few examples that you will see in varying forms on many rugs.

-

Typical Persian Rug Design Elements

Star: Spirituality and Good Luck Diamond: Signifies woman when two diamonds are attached together this means a man and a woman. Comb: Cleanliness Lotus: Rebirth and Immortality. Dog: Protection, trust and defence Boteh: Flame and Universe Cross: Faith Ram’s Horn: Fertility, heroism and power Pomegranate: Fertility Iris: Religious Liberty Tree of Life: The direct path from Earth to Heaven.

Afshar Rugs: Styled on Turkic Afshar tribes from mountainous regions of Iranian Azerbaijan. The style of design is geometric florals often featuring blue, rust and ochre colours.

Agra Rugs: More famous for its landmark the Taj Mahal, Agra is a large city in the Uttar Pradesh province in India. The traditional rugs have patterns that dominate this region are typically floral scrolls in an all-over style design. 

Ardebil Rugs: Traditional rugs from the Iranian north western Arbabil province, their weaves are famed for the using the Azerbaijani knot. The rug designs generally feature geometric motifs in the centrepiece and borders. Popular design stiles include Herati and Mir designs. 

Aubusson rugs: Today we associate the popular scrolling leaves and rose motif designs with hand-tufted Chinese and Indian rugs. However, the origins of these designs are in fact European, Aubusson is a town in central France where flat woven tapestry rugs were produced for the aristocracy to adorn the chateau’s and palaces. While we believe the weaving of traditional rugs first appeared in Aubusson in the 15th Century, the popularity of the these rugs reached their heights in mid 18th Century. 

Bakhtiar Rugs: Originally made by the nomadic Bakhtiari tribe of Iran these traditional rugs are produced in earthy tones of browns, greens, reds, whites and yellows. The patterns are generally botanically themed, with trailing flowers in a square panel design.

Baluch Rugs Woven by Baluch tribes of north eastern Iran and western Afghanistan, these traditional rugs and carpets are often dark and limited in colour often displaying no white or ivory in the predominantly geometric design.

Bidjar (Bijar)| Bokhara | Gabbeh

Ghashghai Rugs: This nomadic people who herd their flocks in Central and Southern Iran have many spelling variations for their tribe, such as Ghashghaei, Kashkay, Gashgay or Qashqai (like the car)

Lori | Keshan | Nain | Oushak

Savonnerie Rugs: During the 17th century, artisans and orphans wove rugs in a former soap factory in Paris, France. The weaving style was developed using the Turkish Ghiordes knot while the design styles were elegantly decadent to suit the French Renaissance Architecture.

Senneh Rugs | Shiraz | Tabriz | Yahyali | Ziegler

Many of these traditional rugs names are taken from the town or village where the design originated while others are produced by Nomadic tribesman and take their name from the tribe. Today's machine made carpets take many of the pattern concepts of these rugs and reproduce them in a vast array of colours and textures. A modern traditional beige rug is most likely to be made using a heat-set polypropylene which as the soft touch of a wool but with far greater durability and stain resistance. Please feel free to browse our traditional rugs collection to find the perfect choice for your home.

Traditional Rug Collections

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