Tabriz rugs are known for their fine texture, exceptional quality, and a wide variety of colors and patterns. These hand knotted rugs truly highlight the unparalleled talent and skills of the weavers of Tabriz, in north western Iran.
The skills have been passed down through the generations and the quality of the rugs has remained unchanged through the years.
If you are looking to buy a Tabriz rug, here are eight things you should look for:
Tabriz rugs are high quality rugs. When you look at a rug and the quality is not top notch, you know that it is not a genuine Tabriz. Their designs and knots are impeccable and the designs are very elaborate. When you run your hand against the pile, it feels smooth to the touch.
Tabriz rugs feature an endless array of elaborate patterns, all flawlessly executed. You can find Tabriz rugs featuring medallions of all shapes and sizes, gardens with wide varieties of floral motifs and palmettos, hunting scenes and an assortment of curvilinear patterns.
If you love the Shah Abbasi style, you will find many Tabriz rugs featuring this design. Some may also feature a combination of the Islimi and Shah Abbasi style.
If you are looking for a high quality rug with simpler patterns, you should take a look at Tabriz rugs that feature more basic geometric patterns.
Size and Shape
These rugs come in a wide range of sizes and shapes.
Round Tabriz rugs typically have a diameter of about 5 feet to 9 feet, while the sides of the square rugs measure about 4 feet to 8 feet. You rarely find square rugs that are larger than 8 feet in length.
Tabriz runner rugs are hugely popular for use in the hallway or stairways. These rugs are typically narrow and long. Their length could be anywhere from three to five times the width.
You can also find irregularly shaped Tabriz rugs in the shape of an octagon, hexagon or triangle.
Unlike many tribal rugs which have a basic, rustic color palette, Tabriz rugs use a wide range of refined colors such as ivory, copper tones, terracotta, and burgundy. Navy and baby blue, salmon, gold, tan and green may be used to accent the main colors and create a striking effect.
Tabriz rugs have a soft, smooth texture. This is because the weavers use only the highest quality wool, cotton or silk to manufacture the rugs. The way the knots are made also adds to the texture of the finished rug.
The foundation of a rug consists of horizontal threads called the weft and vertical threads called the warp. In the majority of Tabriz rugs, the weft and warp may be made of wool or cotton. The horizontal threads or weft can only be seen on the reverse side of the rug.
Silk is used to create the foundation in very high end rugs. The fringe that is visible in a finished rug is made up of the extra lengths of the warp.
Weavers use a combination of Persian and Turkish knots to create Tabriz rugs. These knots are woven tightly with an average of about 120 to 850 KPSI.
Tabriz rugs are among the more expensive Persian rugs but as any rug expert will tell you, the higher price is well worth it, both in terms of the sophistication it will impart to any room in which it is placed and also as an investment.
A well maintained Tabriz rug will hold its value through the years.