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Everything you need to know about Tabriz Rugs

Probably first produced in the Middles Ages, abriz rugs exemplify Persia's city-weave tradition and their designs still are the genesis for patterns reproduced today.   Situated in northwest Iran on an ancient trade route to the Black Sea and Caucasus, the city of Tabriz was Persia's first capital under the Sefavid dynasty (1502-1736) when court weaving flourished along with calligraphy, miniature painting, and tilework. Together with Kashan, Kirman, and Isfahan, Tabriz became one of Persia's most reputed weaving centers. The rug export boomed to the West originated in Tabriz in the 1850's where foreign-owned establishments were built. Among the first special-order carpets tailored to European and U.S. demand, nineteenth-century Tabrizes were often comissioned in the large sizes in an impressive variety of...

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History of Heriz Rugs

 Sought after for their classic allure that defies fashion trends, Herizes were woven in northwestern Persian villages beginning in the early nineteenth century. The Heriz weaving district was stimulated by nearby Tabrizi merchants who marketed these rugs to Europe and the United States, where they became popular in the latter half of the nineteenth century.      Destined for Western buyers solely as decorative floor coverings, the coarsely woven Herizes are most often produced in room-sized dimensions. Herizes dated from before 1910 are often coined "Serapi", a term alluding to the finest and oldest weave but often used to stimulate sales of newer rugs. This term does not designate provenance; in fact, the term Serapi is also indicative of a design scheme characterized by...

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2 things you need to know about Caucasian Rugs

1. Renowned for their dramatic colours and geometric designs Caucasian rugs were woven primarily on wool foundations and were designed for indigenous use, the product of a centuries-old nomadic weaving tradition in the mountains of the Caucasus, between the Black and Caspian Seas.  2. They are found in small size area rugs and as runners. Dominated at various period by the Turks, Persian and Russians, this region was inhabited by people including Kurds, Armenians and Azerbeijani Turks, complicating the attribution of specific provenances to Caucasian rugs' various types.  Kazaks are paramoount among the coarsely woven medium to high-pile weatern Caucasian wavings. Crafted by Armenians, Azeri Turks and Kurds (not by a fictitious kazak tribe), they exhibit simple, large-scale patterns with medallions...

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Moroccan Rugs in Toronto

  Like those of neighbouring Algeria and Tunisia, Moroccan flat-weaves and pile rugs are the fruit of Berber tribes whose presence predates the Arab invasion of the seventh century and who continue to inhabit the Middle and High Atlas Mountains. Berbers have been practicing the art of creating wool flat-weaves and pile rugs for centuries, and their original purpose was for domestic use as bedding, pillow covers, tent sidewalls and floor coverings.  Broadly characterized by their vibrant hues and dazzling geometric motifs, these tribal artifacts are sought after for their modernist aesthetic and appeal.  Berber flat-weaves, including those of the Zemmour tribes, feature strongly graphic lozenges, rectangles and stepped lines that have captivated artists including Eugene Delacroix, Henri Matisse, and...

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What are Aubusson Rugs?

  These flat tapestry-woven carpets emerged in 1770-80, when royal support transformed the moribund mural tapestry industry of Aubusson, a town in central France, into one designed for floor coverings. Woven from cartoons executed by famous painters and destined for royalty and aristocracy, Aubusson followed styles endorsed by French monarchs. During the reign of Louis XV (1715-74), Aubusson featured brightly colored floral motifs in bouquets, baskets inset in oval-shaped garlands, and rosettes with octagons and floral garlands. Under Louis XVI (1774-92), they often exhibited crowns of flowers and leaves and ribbons on a chocolate ground. Many pieces are neoclassical in style while others feature oriental arabesques and Chinese and Turkish-inspired elements, architectural motifs, fruit and musical instruments. The Empire (1804-15)...

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