Handmade Persian Rugs
Handmade Persian Rugs St. Louis, MO. Handmade Persian rugs are rich in history and reputation, determined by archaeological excavations to be over 2,500 years old. Details like deep and symmetrical pile, intricate designs, and bright, vivid colors continue to spark interest over the years, making handmade Persian rugs some of the most desired in the world.
If you are interested in handmade Persian rugs in the St. Louis area, but aren’t sure how or where to start, look no further than Rugs by Saga. We are the leading provider of handmade Persian rugs in Greater St. Louis. Our rug experts collaborate with top rug designers in the Middle East to import hand-picked, handmade Persian rugs, ensuring only the best in quality.
To start your journey into the world of handmade Persian rugs, or to finish it by choosing which one you want in your home, office, or event space, call us today at 636-227-8555 or contact us online. We offer free delivery and free in-home trials to ensure you are getting the perfect handmade Persian rug.
What Separates Handmade Persian Rugs From Other Oriental Rugs?
Most handmade Persian rugs use a distinctive style of asymmetrical knotting, referred to as the Senneh knot or Farsi Baff. The asymmetrical knot makes it possible to weave a rug with higher knots per square inch and more complex details.
We can trace the majority of our handmade Persian rugs designs back to the Safavid dynasty, which ruled Iran in the 1500s. These rugmakers’ designs were not only “signs of the times,” if you will, they provide a looking glass to Persia’s past, including the influence of religious traditions like Islam and Zoroastrianism. Handmade Persian rugs were often diplomatic gifts, and many now hang in museums. While changes in government, mechanization, and the loss of traditional rural connections plagued the Persian rug industry for decades, there was a welcome resurgence in the early 2000s. Now, the handmade Persian rug industry is thriving, with more innovative and contemporary designs being developed alongside traditional ones.
Our skilled handmade Persian rugs staff in St. Louis has decades of combined experience in Oriental rugs. We handpick each of the rugs we stock, and hold each to a rigid quality and authenticity test to make sure the handmade Persian rugs you purchase from Rugs by Saga are high quality and, if treated properly, will last for years to come. Call us today at 636-227-8555 or contact us online.
If you are in the market for a luxury rug in St. Louis, but aren't sure whether handmade Persian rugs are the right fit for your home, Rugs by Saga offers a wide variety of other types of Oriental rugs, including:
Is That Handmade Persian Rug Authentic?
Handmade Persian rugs are a fine addition to your home, office, or event space in St. Louis, but you should be sure that they are authentic before you purchase them. Most people aren’t experts in Persian rugs, but our staff at Rugs by Saga is. We’ll show you everything you need to know. Sometimes it can be difficult to discern the fakes from the authentic ones. But it is important to look for certain features to avoid getting taken advantage of during the purchasing process. All of our rugs are authentic. Stop by our convenient showroom in St. Louis. Our staff at Rugs by Saga will walk you through the following factors to consider before buying:
The Country Where the Rug Was Made
True, authentic handmade Persian rugs are only manufactured in Iran (formerly Persia). Rugs from this region are all handmade, not machine-made. There are fantastic rugs that are handmade all over the Orient — Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and China. But, they are not considered Persian rugs unless they are specifically made in Iran. That’s not to say that rugs made outside Iran can’t be comparable in terms of quality, just that Persian rugs are considered the world’s best. Our St. Louis rug specialists can show you the difference. Call us today at 636-227-8555 or contact us online.
Hand-Knotted vs. Machine-Made
Authentic, handmade Persian rugs are all hand-knotted, whereas the fake ones are made using machines. We can tell, and we’ll show you. Machine-made rugs are made quickly with power looms and are manufactured with synthetic fibers. Hand-knotting is a meticulous process that takes a great deal of time, training, and effort. But don’t confuse it with hand-tufting, which is a technique that, using a tufting gun, punches a design into a canvas backing. Rugs made from tufting are not nearly as durable, and will only last a few years because of the glue backing which tends to deteriorate relatively quickly. Genuine hand-knotted, handmade Persian rugs can last a lifetime.
Handmade Persian rugs are made using only one of three materials — wool, cotton, or silk. The machine-made, fake rugs are made from those cheap synthetic materials like polyester, acrylic, nylon, viscose, and polypropylene. The advantages of using natural fibers over synthetic include:
- Natural fibers are better for the environment.
- Wool rugs are flame resistant, while synthetic fibers can be highly flammable.
- Handmade Persian rugs feel softer and look more luxurious.
- Handmade Persian rugs made from natural fibers will remain beautiful for decades, even a lifetime. Synthetic rugs may last 5-10 years, even with regular professional cleaning.
- Synthetic fibers are cheaper, but much lower in quality and require work and/or replacing more frequently.
Genuine handmade Persian rugs most often use natural, vegetable dyes to color the fibers. These natural dyes retain their brightness and beauty much longer and are more resistant to staining and fading. The strands of materials used in our handmade Persian rugs are individually dyed, are colorfast, and do not bleed.
Design Pattern and Backing
The design of hand-knotted rugs is not often perfect throughout. Because they are made using wooden looms, it can be said that no handmade rug is completely symmetrical, which can actually add to the value of the rug. Our handmade Persian rugs expert will show you both the front and back of the rug to see if there are any small anomalies in the pattern. These imperfections are usually seen in village or tribal rugs and in some city-made rugs, also. Rugs made in the cities of Esfahan, Nain, Tabriz, and Qum are usually nearly perfect in design and pattern.
True handmade Persian rugs will have a soft backing and the pattern will be a mirror image of the front. Our team will show you our inventory of handmade Persian rugs and you can see the minor variations in design and pattern, whereas machine-made rug patterns at other St. Louis-area stores can be easily duplicated. Call us at 636-227-8555 or contact us.
The knot density is used to determine the fineness of handmade Persian rugs. Our rug experts use the analogy of imagining the knot density as the resolution of a television screen. The more knots a rug has, the more details and the more beautiful the elaborations. This also speaks to the considerable time and effort in knotting the Persian rugs.
If there is a fringe on one of our authentic, handmade Persian rugs that catches your eye, it will look like an extension of the rug itself. When rugs are made by machines, the fringe is sewn or glued on after the body of the rug is complete. Our hand-knotted rugs start with the fringe on the loom, then the knots on the body of the rug are structured around it.
Dealing with a knowledgeable rug store and staff like Rugs by Saga is paramount in getting the handmade Persian rugs you’ve had your eye on. We are your trusted source for handmade Persian rugs in St. Louis. We have extensive experience in helping people select the authentic rug that works best for them. We know how difficult it can be to choose a handmade Persian rug. That is why we pride ourselves on old-fashioned customer care, making sure we meet with you to go through your wants and needs. That way you can put a face with a name everytime you come back in.
Handmade Persian Rugs | Rugs by Saga
In business since 2001, we know rugs. We are happy to answer any questions when deciding on your purchase of handmade Persian rugs. As always, we offer a complimentary in-home trial service to make sure you have made the best possible decision. Rugs by Saga is your source for all your traditional and modern rug needs.