Imagine Lahore, Pakistan in 1570. The earthy pungency of freshly sheared wool intermingles with the smokey aroma of charcoal-charred paratha as women in colorful, billowing shalwar kameez bustle through the chalky streets with baskets of multicolored vibrant thread — sleek and seemingly lush to the touch.
On rows of rickety wooden looms, lines of weavers meticulously hand knot columns of fluttering thread, constructing what is now known as the famous Persian rug.
Pak Persian Rugs
The Birth of Pak Persian Rugs
Feared and revered, the ferocious and mighty Mughal Empire dominated the Indian-subcontinent and much of the industrial economy with ownership of 25% of total global revenue. The 16th-century dynasty, known for its ample and deep appreciation of fine arts, transported highly cherished and celebrated Persian artistry throughout the subcontinent, spreading its calligraphy, architecture, and the breakthrough art of carpet weaving.
The art of carpet weaving emerged from the region of Persia, known to be celebrated for their artistic innovation and originality. The classic Persian design, highly esteemed and treasured, adorned the floors of palaces and homes of wealthy aristocrats. Weavers obtained only the highest quality wool to naturally color with vibrant vegetable dyes and hand knot into lush, intricate patterns.
The Mughal Empire transported Persian artisans to local cities and villages — namely, Lahore, now part of present-day Pakistan, where they would adapt and evolve the ancient techniques and classic design into the current Pak Persian rug. Expert artisans versed local community members in the intricate craft of hand-knotting, who then continued and developed the practices for centuries. The use of high quality, organically dyed wool remains intact, as well as the integrity of the knot count (256 knots per square inch). The color palette revised due to local influences, evolved to include muted, pastel accents in addition to the classic rich, saturated tones.
The ancient art of carpet weaving, from organically dyeing finely sheared wool to meticulously hand-knotting design renderings, slowly fades from our existence. The craftsmanship necessary to create a Pak Persian rug is undergoing a period of extinction, as master weavers pass away with little to no community members choosing to follow the ancient tradition. Rug manufacturers disregard this treasured, although time-consuming art, and instead prefer cheaper, ingenuine results.
How Do I Know It’s an Authentic Pak Persian Rug?
Pak Persian handmade rugs undergo a meticulous weaving process as each thread is hand-knotted to form a complex design. When reversed, the underside should display a soft backing mirroring the top pile. Pak Persian rugs should integrate only lush, freshly sheared New Zealand wool in order to ensure the utmost quality and sleekness. Organic and colorfast vegetable dyes saturate authentic Pak Persian rugs. Rendering synthetic or fugitive dyes is a primary indicator of fraud. You can learn more about authenticating your rugs here.
Choosing the Right Pak Persian Rug for Your Space
Depending on the style of your home and how many decors you have, it can be difficult to choose the right Persian Rug for your home. We recommend to first assess the style of the room. For example, is your space traditional, modern, modern-farmhouse, bohemian, minimalistic, or another style? Once you have a pretty good understanding of the type of room you want to put a rug into, you can narrow into choosing the right rug. If you have more of a traditionally styled room, you may want to consider going with a classic red Persian rug. This will complement the other aspects of your room.
If you have more modern or minimalistic decor, you may want to choose a more neutral color than red. Blues, tans, browns, and blacks are all great colors for modern rooms. For a more modern style, you would also want to choose a smaller sized Persian rug. Perhaps instead of placing all your furniture on the rug, you can opt to put the furniture half on and half off the rug. This will allow the rug to flow nicely with your other decor without overtaking your entire space. On the other hand, if you have a traditional room, you may want to purchase a large Persian rug for sale so it acts as a focal point of the room.
Keep in mind that most oriental Persian rugs have a design that often follows a distinct pattern, commonly marked with the inclusion of a centered, symmetrical medallion. If you are still struggling with picking out the right Persian rug for your space, feel free to reach out to us so we can offer expert rug styling advice!
Pak Persian rugs are also good if used as a prayer rug as they mostly look alike Persian rugs and are also purchased for the purpose. You can check out our guide on prayer rugs to find out more about them.
If you want to integrate refined elegance to your living space, we’d suggest a solid, bold backdrop with touches of intricate detail, like our black Pak Persian rug, with golden and violet floral swirls
For a semblance of royalty, a Pak Persian rug with deep, rich coloring and a traditional diamond emblem is perfect to add refined opulence and ancient regality to any living space. A piece like this, such as our crimson Pak Persian rug with tangerine and black hues, accentuates royalty with its vibrant coloring and sleek lushness.
For rusticity with a touch of elegance, warm tones with hints of gold will add comfort and chic to any living space. Our olive, golden-hued Pak Persian rug is perfect to create an austere and warm ambiance.
What Are You Waiting For?
Pak Persian carpets are typically considered high in quality because Iran is known for producing intricate rugs with high knot counts.
Pak Persian rugs convey centuries of robust history and tradition, emulating semblances of grandeur and regality — akin to the palaces they used to adorn. The opulent, regal tones enhance any living space with refined luxury whilst adding a rich cultural history. With a lifelong lifespan, these gorgeous, meticulously hand-knotted rugs will never need replacement.
RugKnots understands the desire to test a piece in your own living space before committing to a purchase. Additionally, we offer a 30-day return policy — we understand a purchase of this variety is a substantial commitment, so we want you to be sure of your choice.
Whether you’re attracted to the complex cultural history or the intricate design, Pak Persian rugs ensure lifelong luxury and quality to complement and enrich any living space.