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The Differences Between Oriental and Persian Rugs

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In many industries, there are often terms and categories that (from the outside perspective) seem to overlap. The difference between Oriental and Persian rugs is a perfect example of this. Despite the ways the two styles differ from each other, some home décor bloggers even use the terms interchangeably. Today we’re discussing the cultural and visual differences between these styles.


Characteristics of an Oriental Rug

In addition to differences in where they come from, Oriental and Persian rugs differ in style. Oriental rugs typically have:

  • A wide variety of hand-knotted stylings
  • Geometric designs
  • Regional-specific patterns and colors that reflect the culture
  • A reputation for lasting for centuries (many Oriental rugs can date back to approximately 200 BCE!)

Characteristics of a Persian Rug

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Much like Oriental rugs, Persian rugs and their weaving techniques have historical roots tracing back thousands of years. The features of a Persian rug often include:

  • Large medallions in the center
  • Smaller, more intricate patterns worked into the design
  • A busy, ornate overall design
  • Culturally-specific motifs woven through the rug’s pattern


Similarities Between the Styles

As different as Oriental and Persian rugs are from each other, they still have several features in common. Their similarities include:

  • Hand-knotting
  • Time-tested handwoven techniques.
  • High-grade materials (e.g. wool, cotton, and silk)
  • Vegetable-based dyes


Buy Oriental and Persian Rugs at Rug Source!

When looking to purchase an Oriental or Persian rug for your home, it’s important to find a trusted rug-dealer and make an informed decision. At Rug Source, our team can help you pinpoint the differences between these two styles, plus help you decide which is best for your home.

To get in touch with a team of trusted rug experts, send us a message here or call our sales office at 980-422-4080. We look forward to serving you!

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