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Persia is the birthplace of not only the ancient art of hand-knotted carpets but civilization as we know it! Read this Complete guide written by Rugknots Professionals and ask any question in the comment below.

  • The world of Persian rugs is So confusing! Right?
  • How to know the difference between Persian Rugs and Oriental Rugs?
  • How to tell if it is an authentic Persian Rug?
  • Is a Persian Rug better than an Oriental rug?
  • Do you really know what it is quite a technical task to hang an oriental rug?


Persian Rugs vs Oriental Rugs

What is Persian Rug?

A Persian rug is carpet that is produced in Iran, modern-day Persia. Persia is the birthplace of not only the ancient art of hand-knotted carpets but civilization as we know it!

Persian area rugs are typically considered high in quality because Iran is known for producing intricate rugs with high knot counts. Because the rug artists in Iran are so skilled at their craft, they can create incredibly detailed rugs with impressive precision.

Product Material Color Discount
 Crimson/ Vanilla/ Tan Persian Rug Wool Red 50% Check Price
 Walnut/ Sage Persian Rug Wool Brown 50% Check Price
 Tan/ Soft Olive Persian Rug Wool Soft Green 50% Check Price
 Sage/ Red/ Tan Persian Rug Wool Sage 50% Check Price
 Midnight Black/ Gold Persian Rug Wool Black 50% Check Price
 Gold/ Steel Blue Persian Rug Wool Gold 50% Check Price
 Artichoke/ Almond Persian Rug Wool Brown 50% Check Price
❤️️❤️️❤️️10% Additional Discount On Buying 2 Rugs. 

People have sought-after antique Persian rugs for centuries! These carpets are never going out of style!

However, in the modern-day, trade sanctions have been placed on the Islamic Republic of Iran by the U.S.This, unfortunately, means that dealers in the U.S. cannot legally sell products produced in Iran.

When you see a rug advertised as a "Persian rug," this means that . . .

  • That rug was brought into the U.S. illegally or;
  • The sellers are mismarking the rug to reel in a high price or–
  • The rug was brought into the U.S. before the sanctions.

The sanctions began in 1987, and although it is entirely true that there do exist antique rugs on the market that were imported to the U.S. before the sanctions. However, if the piece is new or not verified older than 1987, BEWARE! You could become involved in something illegal you do not want to be involved in.

What is An Oriental Rug?

All Persian rugs are considered Persian Oriental rugs, but not all Oriental rugs are considered Persian rugs. There are other types as well which include Bokhara and Peshawar Ziegler.

Product Material Color Discount
Dijon/Maroon Peshawar Ziegler Rug Wool Multi 40% Check Price
Rose/ Dark Brown Peshawar Ziegler Rug Wool Rose 40% Check Price
 Light Green/Ivory Peshawar Ziegler Rug Wool Light Green 50% Check Price
Chocolate/Almond Persian Rug Wool Brown 50% Check Price
Gold/ Navy Blue Peshawar Ziegler Rug Wool Gold 40% Check Price
 Ivory/ Black Peshawar Ziegler Rug Wool Pile Ivory 50% Check Price
 Tan Peshawar Ziegler Rug Wool Pile Tan 50% Check Price
❤️️❤️️❤️️10% Additional Discount On Buying 2 Rugs. 

An Oriental rug is a rug crafted in any of the "Oriental" countries other than Iran.


Pakistan Turkey Afghanistan India China Uzbekistan


What is an Oriental Rug

Before the Persian practice spread, a rug made in Persia was often said to be superior to any other rug crafted in the Orient. However!                                       

The secret of the Persian Knot has spread throughout to rug artisans all over the world. And the key to a Persian rug lies with its knot style, not the country it was crafted in.

Persian Rugs vs Oriental Rugs

  1. The bottom of the rug is an exact mirror image of the top pile
  2. The bottom is soft and the same material as the top pile
  3. You can visibly count the knots per square inch

 The fringe is a part of the construction: it is not sewn or glued on Hand-Tufted Rugs:

  1. Fringe is glued or sewn on.
  2. There is a canvas or piece of cotton on the bottom of the rug

Hand-Knotted Persian Rugs Quick Guide

 Synthetically Produced Rugs:

  1. A hard plastic backing
  2. Sewn or glued on the fringe

What’s important to understand is that terms like handmade,and-loomed and hand-tufted do not mean the same thing as hand-knotted.

"Hand-tufted" refers to a rug-making method that is a hybrid of machine creation and hand-knotting.


When a rug is hand-tufted, the fabricator uses a handheld machine that punches the design into a canvas backing. The term "handcrafted" can refer to a person hand-loading yarn into an automated loom, which poorly mimics human hands.

How Was it Actually Constructed?

The is the most important detail to pay attention to when purchasing a rug is its method of fabrication. Dealers often apply the "Persian style rug " term to any rug bearing traditional design.

But A true vintage Persian rug is one that is made in Persia and is hand-knotted.

Knots of Rugs 

The Persian knot is asymmetrical and open to one side. This does not leave gaps and is less bulky than Turkish knots.

Turkish knots

The Persian knot is asymmetrical and open to one side. This does not leave gaps and is less bulky than Turkish knots.

Because of this, An artisan who uses the Persian knot can create a much more intricate design with a lush pile.

Along with excellent artistry, the Persian knot is one of the reasons that Persian rugs are considered to be the best in the world. The knot allows for extreme precision in floral patterns and multi-layered borders.

Turkish Knot (Ghiordes Knot)

The Turkish knot is symmetrical. You can identify it by two small bumps within one knot on the back of the rug.

Ghiordes Knot

Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and northern Iran are known for this type of knot.Of course, any knot can be used anywhere in the world

Rug industry experts consider this carpet an Oriental area rug because of its production outside of Iran. The rug can be of the same quality, crafted with the same techniques and material, but because a manufacturer in Pakistan crafted it, it's considered an antique Oriental rug, not a Persian.  –It cannot bear the "Persian" name.

The Construction of the Persian Rug if the piece is Persian knotted you should buy it, right!                           

The only way that the piece can be Persian knotted is if it is hand-knotted. Hand-knotting refers to the technique used by rug-weaving artisans, where they hand-tie each individual knot to create a carpet.

If the piece is not hand-knotted, you have a fake Persian rug on your hands.

Ideally, the dealer you buy from is open about the construction process. If the fabrication process isn't listed, however, here is a quick guide:

Materials For Both Rugs

Both Rugs are unique an they are made by different materials, read the complete material guide for Persian Rug and Oriental Rug. 

Persian Rugs

Wool and silk are the only materials a real wool Persian rug will ever be made out of. Wool is sheared from sheep yearly. Some artisans craft silk Persian rugs from natural silk, which has been harvested from silk caterpillars.  

What material is the piece made out of                      

Some use bamboo silk which is an alternative method that produces nearly the same result. We firmly recommend using natural bamboo rather than natural silk. Natural silk is NOT cruelty-free! Around 2,500 silk caterpillars must die in the process of retrieving 1 pound of silk.

There are other ugly synthetic materials on the market. A true Persian rug will never be made of polypropylene, nylon, acrylic, viscose, jute or any other material.

Oriental Rugs

Once again, the only significant difference between a Persian rug and an Oriental rug is the location in which the rug was constructed.

The materials that Oriental rugs are made from is also significant. A real Oriental wool rug will only be made out of wool and/or silk, and it will also only be hand-knotted.

Don't Forget about Knot-Count!

No matter where the rug is made, knot-count is the biggest determinant of value. In all the craziness that ensues with buyers concerning questions whether a carpet is a Persian or Oriental rug, too often consumers ignore one of the most important quality factors.

The knot-count!

A good rule of thumb: The higher the knot count, the higher the value, and the higher the price.

Why You May Not Want to Buy a Persian Rug

You wanna' know what's funny? Now that I've talked on and on about Persian rugs, I'm going to tell you that in many cases you're not going to want to buy one!

Except in the case of over-dyed and patchwork Persian rugs, we don't sell traditional Persian rugs.

We sell hand-knotted Oriental rugs, hand-woven in Pakistan. And we sell these predominantly because we believe that in many cases the quality of a Pakistan-produced Oriental rug can be as good or superior to a Persian rug.

At Rugknots we use Persian knots and imported New Zealand wool, but our carpets are crafted in Pakistan.

So why would I talk on-and-on about how great Persian rugs are, and then try to convince you to not buy one?

Because RugKnots' Pakistan produced Oriental carpets feature the same knots, the same techniques, and the same materials that Persian rugs have. But our products come at a much better price tag!

The Authenticity of Oriental and Persian Rugs

There are various approaches to distinguish an original oriental rug from a fake one. Here are some ways you can confirm the genuineness of an oriental rug.

Always buy from legitimate vendors with positive reviews and references.

Don't buy from furniture stores or rugs you find on discounts. There's a chance that you'll find replicas in such situations unless the rug dealer only sells fine rugs.

Ask questions. Any reliable vendor or private seller will know their way around authentic oriental and Persian area rugs personally.

They will have the option to disclose to you where it's from, how it was made, and articulate the trademarks.

That is because they understand how important it is to communicate the value of an authentic piece to the customer.

Turn the area rug to look for patterns at the back. Persian and Oriental carpets are hand made and are passed down through years and years. Look for pattern markings on the back of the area rug. If you can find these, it means the rug is an original one.

Turn over the area rug to look for little hand knots that were made in the creation of the pattern. The back of the oriental or Persian rug should be soft. If it feels like plastic or has a rough surface, it means the rug is not authentic.

Test the color of the rug. Authentic Persian rugs only use colorfast dyes which means the different colors you find on a Persian rug will not bleed out into each other.

To do this, you can place a damp piece of cloth on a specific area and leave it overnight. If the piece of cloth catches color, it means it's not a Persian rug.


Both Oriental and Persian rugs require special care and maintenance to protect them from dust and dirt. If kept with proper care, they can last for a long time.

Here are a few hints to secure and keep Persian and oriental rugs around for a while 

Move Your Furniture

We normally explore our homes depending on the position of furniture. After some time we will over and again stroll in a similar way to get around the house. To keep that from happening, move your furniture consistently, so you and your visitors will modify how you move around the house.

Maintain a strategic distance from Sunlight

Daylight can make an Oriental and Persian rug's colors look faded out after some time. Keeping it out of direct daylight is suggested. If the room you have it placed in, gets a lot of suns, consider changing its position after every few weeks to keep the fading even.

Fix Fringes Immediately

If the fringes keep getting tangled of a Persian or oriental rug don't attempt to brush them. Even though it requires some exertion, cautiously flip the rug over. Since these rugs are hand-knotted, the fringes will easily fall back into place.

Vacuum Once every Week

It's imperative to vacuum your area rug routinely to keep it clear of dust and garbage. After some time, limited quantities of dust and residue can wear out the area rug and become caught between the filaments.

Utilize a good quality vacuum, no aroma diffusers or filters for the body of the floor covering and the nozzle and brush accessory. Then vacuum the area rug towards the grain instead of to and fro which can harm the rug.

What Size Rug To Buy?

This can be a difficult decision to make for some people because and is probably the most well-known trouble we face in helping customers. Customers won't have estimated up space they are looking to buy the rug for.

Oriental as well as Persian area rugs, for the most part, come in generally standard sizes:

  • 2x3 feet
  • 3x5 feet
  • 4x6 feet
  • 5x7 feet
  • 6x9 feet
  • 8x10 feet

Area rugs from 2x3 to 6x9 are typically utilized in lobbies, restrooms, and kitchens. 8x10 area rugs are the standard size to go under an eating table for six. Bigger feasting tables require an 8x10 or 9x12 area rugs.

Floor coverings of 8x10 and up are commonly utilized in bigger rooms, for example, dining and lounge areas.

Round and square area rugs are useful for round and square tables or in lopsided lobbies yet are hard to discover in the domain of hand-woven area rugs.

As far as a rug size is concerned, the most troublesome space to approach is the lounge room. There are essentially two options to choose from.

Either has a big area rug that the furniture would be placed on or a little area rug with the furniture arranged around it. Yet, there is no law about this! You ought to pick as indicated by your preferences.

A related issue in this situation is the issue of how much space must be left between the wall and the area rug. But there is no standard about this although 2 feet is a decent space to be left, particularly in the event that you have hardwood flooring.

As lovely as a rug looks while also unifying the room together, it would be a disgrace to hide hardwood flooring!

This issue can also be identified with Persian runners. Almost all Persian runners are 2.5 feet wide and most ways are 4 feet wide, leaving a decent space between the wall and the runner.

The length of runner rugs fluctuates from 6 feet to 40 feet so the length is another issue that brings to the significance of measuring space.

To measure the space you're looking to cover, you can run a measuring tape and envision how the rug would look.

One helpful method is to put a paper on the floor in differing sizes - in the event that you needed to check whether an 8x10 or a 9x12 is the ideal size. At that point, you can look for yourself how the rug would look by size.


8X10, 9X12, AND ABOVE

We can categorize every one of these sizes into one as they mostly have similar arrangements. The standard arrangement for these sizes can be seen in bigger rooms like the living room.

Oriental and Persian rugs this big can be utilized both in a living room or in a large bedroom. They would also look great in a study room.

In bigger rooms – it's ideal to go with a bigger area rug and have all your furniture sit on it as well. Ensure that there is sufficient rug reaching out behind the furniture pieces leaving a comfortable space behind the furniture to walk on.

In bigger rooms - the space is tied down better when the floor covering goes under the couch and turns out on the sides.


As individuals are scaling back, 5x8 and 6x9 floor coverings are ending up amazingly popular. On numerous occasions, they work conversely and give the planner a huge amount of remarkable choices.

In a standard arrangement, the furniture begins to isolate itself from the area rug, particularly in 5x8.

6x9 and 5x8 floor coverings are once in a while utilized in a standard dining area arrangement. However, condo living has completely changed the manner in which we see our space.

People now mostly push the table to a window or a wall which ends up sparing a huge amount of space and can amplify light at the dining table.

A 5x8 floor covering can also go before your couch with no furniture sitting on it. However, bigger area rugs look best when the front legs of your furniture are set on the area rug.

If your space permits it, you can generally have numerous carpets in the lounge room – or even a runner running behind the couch.

2X3, 3X5, 4X6 RUGS

A 4X6 or 3X5 oriental or a Persian area rug would especially look beautiful in front of a fireplace as well in a hallway.

Another great idea would be to use a 3x5 or 2x3 area rugs inside the kitchen area and can be a great addition to the kitchen overall. A 2x3 area rug can find its place in front of the stove and a 3X5 would next to a kitchen counter. You can also place a round rug in the center of a large kitchen area.

Cost of Persian & Oriental Rugs

We do not up-charge for the word Persian, And we are a factory direct supplier. We do not have to pay a middleman so you don't pay a middleman!

The two pieces are made of the same material, use the same techniques, are the same size, and even have a similar design, yet because the 1st dibs piece is Persian, it reels in a price of almost 10x that of the RugKnots Oriental rug.

Oriental Rugs Often Offer a Better Value Than Persian Rugs

Yes, Persian rugs have a deep-rooted history, but unless you have deeply rooted pockets, an Oriental rug is a way to go!

An Oriental hand-knotted rug using a Persian knot is of the same general quality as authentic Persian rugs.

But decide for yourself check out our many Oriental rug collections to see the premium quality carpets available. I challenge you not to be wowed by the selection of patterns and colors you'll see that we can offer!

If you need a rug in a particular color, size, or shape, learn about our custom rugs. We can create any rug that you want and do it in less time than any other designer may quote you!


Millie McGillivray - January 30, 2019

Why do they not use green in their rugs?

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