Imagine Lahore, Pakistan in 1570. The earthy pungence 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 Pak Persian rug.
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 their 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.
RugKnots not only preserves, but treasures this ancient art by continuing the valuable and age-old legacy with the utmost respect and dedication.
How Do I Know It’s an Authentic Pak Persian Rug?
Pak Persian 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
The Rugknots team can aid you in your purchase and order to select the perfect complement to your living space. With a description or any forwarded images, the Pak Persian rug of your dreams can be discovered with the help of Rugknots experts.
The design often follows a distinct pattern, commonly marked with the inclusion of a centered, symmetrical medallion.
Some of Our Favorites
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 chocolate, golden hued Pak Persian rug is perfect to create an austere and warm ambiance.
What Are You Waiting For?
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.