Persian Rugs

Persian Rugs offer the widest variety of qualities, styles & designs of unique handmade Traditional Rugs.

Persian Rugs, including Persian Runners and Persian Carpets can be classified into 3 categories: Town/City Rugs, Village Rugs, and Nomadic Rugs.

Town/City Persian Rugs

Town/City Persian Rugs represent the most sophisticated form of Persia’s weavings. These Persian Rugs as the title suggests are woven in the towns and cities of Iran. Persian City Rugs are woven on a vertical loom, and generally feature a curvilinear design. This has been created before the weaving starts by an artist or designer. Indeed, it is the higher knot counts produced that allows for curves to be created within the design. Persian City Rugs can feature a construction of wool handknotted onto cotton, wool onto silk, or silk-on-silk.

Types in stock include: Bidjar Rugs, Tabriz Rugs, Isfahan Rugs, Nain Rugs, Qum Rugs, Kashan Rugs, Sarouk Rugs, Tehran Rugs & Mashad Rugs.

Persian Village Rugs

Persian Village Rugs are created in the villages of Persia (Iran) in more rural locations. These Persian Rugs are also woven on a vertical loom, and due to lower knot counts creates a rectilinear (geometric) design format. Persian Village Rugs are usually woven by copying Wagirehs (small sample rugs). The structure of Village Persian Rugs is wool handknotted onto cotton.

Types in stock include: Hamadan Rugs, Heriz Rugs, Bakhtiar Rugs,  Abadeh Rugs, Kolyai Rugs, & Senneh Rugs. 

Nomadic Persian Rugs

Nomadic Persian Rugs are woven by either nomadic pastoralists or semi-settled tribes people. This represents the simplest and earliest form of weaving. Their looms are horizontal and portable. Nomadic Rugs (Tribal Rugs) also feature a rectilinear (geometric) design featuring ancient motifs that have been passed down through the generations. Nomadic Rugs (Tribal Rugs) employ a wool handknotted onto wool construction (whilst settled nomads might use wool-on-cotton).

Types in stock include: Qashqai Rugs, Shiraz Rugs, Tribal Gabbeh Rugs, Afshar Rugs, Persian Belouch Rugs, Khamseh Rugs, Kilim Rugs.


We hope that you enjoy browsing our collection and hope that we might be able to assist you in the near future.

Customers can purchase these Persian Rugs, Carpets, Kilims & Runners Online (with Free UK Delivery) or In-Store.

The Oriental Rug Merchant, 11 High Street, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 1UL, UNITED KINGDOM

Tel: 01892 533080