Oriental Area Rugs
Oriental rug refers to any rug that is hand woven with or without a pile. Generally this term is used for any rug that travels from east or "orient". Therefore by definition any rug that is hand knotted in an Asian country such as , Persia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, Turkey or India.
Oriental Rug is an umbrella phrase that includes people from various countries, cultures, ethnic and religious backgrounds that are involved in the weaving of Oriental rugs.
Oriental rugs are categorized by region which includes: Persian Rugs, Turkish Rugs, Kurdish rugs, Turkmen Rug, Chinese rugs and Indian Rugs. The term “ Oriental Rug” is a very broad term that is used for most rugs that come from East, just to give you an idea the category of Persian rugs contains over 4000 types of carpets and rugs.
The main materials that are used to weave oriental rugs are wool, silk and cotton. Most of weavers are taught to weave Oriental rugs through their family members, therefore the type of knots or number of wefts are strongly influenced by cultural heritage and region of oriental rugs. When purchasing an oriental rug, few factors could help you decide better these factors include: colors and their combinations and the quality of the wool. Natural colors and hand spun wools are better quality compared to other combinations.