An Oriental rug is a rug that comes from
the east such as a Turkish rug, a Persian rug, a Smyrna rug, etc. By
definition, the Oriental rug is also one that is hand woven from fine fibers
and materials. The origin of these special rugs can be dated back before the
Eighth Century B.C., as wealthy families began furnishing their homes in these
magnificent rugs. Although they were created for hundreds of years, the
greatest period of productivity for the Oriental rug was during the Safavil
period in Persia. It is important to remember that while rug weaving was greatest
in Persia during this time, it was also prevalent throughout most of the world.
Each society had its own way of weaving, therefore creating different textures
and patterns that reflected their culture. Many cultures also added designs to the
rugs that were similar to the ones they used to put on walls when carving
hieroglyphics. In many Asian cultures, the artistry behind rug weaving remains
as strong today as it was in the fifteenth century.
It wasn't until 1876 that Oriental rugs were
introduced in America. The unique rugs were put on an exhibit and made quite an
impression on the Americans who viewed them. For instance, William Sloan of
W.J. Sloan was so impressed that he bought the entire collection of rugs and
went on to open the first major retail store offering Oriental rugs. Today,
many people are still taken aback by the sheer beauty of Oriental rugs.
Fortunately for homeowners, The Rugs Warehouse offers a number of beautifully
detailed rugs that reflect the same patterns that make Oriental pieces so
popular. Take a look at our collection
to today to find the perfect rug to compliment your room.