A Brief history of Persian Carpets - Explained by a passionate carpet merchant

Updated: Nov 2

When working with, or exhibiting with the Persian Carpets, we get to interact with many different kinds of people. Some know the carpets and exactly what they are looking for, some already have interest and passion for the carpets and come readily armed with exactly what they need. Others come with no knowledge, simply being attracted by the beauty of the carpets and their lusciousness.

We also often experience that people are scared to talk to Persian carpet merchants, maybe because of the regular pushy sales techniques and being bombarded, maybe because they have no knowledge about the product and are just looking at the price tags and not understanding why they would pay that amount of money for the same kind of thing they could buy for a fraction of the price at any regular home décor store.

As for us, we love to communicate and share our passion and knowledge about them! We try to make these first interactions a bit easier by approaching casually and trying to break the ice with a cheesy joke, those of you who have experienced these kinds of interactions with us will know exactly what I am talking about…

We try to start off by explaining that each piece is hand knotted and that we do not mix in machine made pieces like many other merchants do. We believe in our product and their quality and the process of how they’re made and strongly and truly believe that the two types of products cannot be compared.

Now, my favorite reply to this statement is when people ask what it means when I say ”hand knotted”, or asks more about a specific carpet. A lot of times, this is the step in the process where I ask whether they are looking for something specific or just looking around.

When they know what they want, it’s great, because we get to help you find and fall in love with a beautiful carpet that is suited perfectly to your needs! We also get to share interesting facts about that specific carpet and how it was made.

When people are not clear on what they need or even if they do not know anything about Persian Carpets, it may just be even more fun, because we get to share the most amazing, interesting stories about an art and tradition that was passed down through generations, spread to many places and has so many stories that needs to be told so much more often.

This is really the part that I , personally, love!

I love the look on people’s faces when I start explaining a bit more about these pieces, especially when they’ve had no previous knowledge about them. I usually start off with a bit of explaining about the difference between the woven Kellims and the knotted carpets. Then I explain about the difference between “Oriental” carpets, that were made with a single knot technique a