Village Persian rugs are rugs made by weavers that have settled down in one fixed location. This is different from tribal rugs that are produced by nomadic weavers that move frequently in search for better pastures for their flocks.
While there may be differences in quality and style between the two types, the main point of distinction is whether they are made by settlers or nomads.
City rugs are also made by weavers that are settled in one location. However, they are different from village rugs in that they are made on order to certain specifications.
Village rugs on the other hand are made by individual weavers using their own creativity and the materials available on hand.
How Village Persian Rugs Are Made
Village Persian rugs are used using an upright style of rug loom. Weavers fix the loom in one place in the house and work on it in between their everyday chores. The designs are usually a result of the weaver’s imagination.
Why Are Village Persian Rugs Produced In Smaller Sizes?
Most weavers make these rugs for their own use. A smaller size rug is much more practical and useful for them, which is why you find village Persian rugs in smaller sizes.
Distinctive Features Of Village Persian Rugs
Village Persian rugs typically feature geometric motifs made in bright colors.
The designs are more basic rather than intricate, resulting in a rustic-looking rug with fewer knots per square inch.
Weavers use wool that they’ve sheared from their own sheep and the dyes used are derived from all natural sources found in the surrounding area.
Here are a few of our favorite types of Village Persian Rugs:
Abadeh rugs have a closely cut pile creating a dense, compact looking rug that’s very hardy and durable.
These rugs typically feature traditional Persian designs such as Herati, Zal al-Sultan, vase and various stylized botanicals.
A popular design used in Abadeh rugs is the Heybatlu design, which consists of small medallions at the four corners framing a large central hexagonal medallion.
Azarbaijan rugs feature an array of colorful motifs put together thoughtfully to narrate the weaver’s story. Weavers use advanced weaving techniques and superior materials, resulting in a high quality rug.
Hamadan rugs feature prominent geometric patterns, most commonly the all-over boteh or herati design or the medallion-and-corner design. These single-wefted rugs are created using the symmetrical Turkish knot.
Oversized corner medallions that frame a large medallion in the center is one of the most characteristic features of Heriz rugs.
Other distinguishing features include the double and sometimes triple outlining of the motifs, darker color schemes and elaborate designs that fill every inch of the surface.
Kilims are absolutely flat rugs that don’t have a pile. They are made using a flat weaving technique that involves interweaving the wefts and warps while packing the weft tightly to cover the warp completely. These rugs usually feature bold geometrical designs in bright colors.