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Why Antique Persian Rugs are increasingly popular for modern décor

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Why Antique Persian Rugs are increasingly popular for modern décor

If you’re styling a modern home, you might think you are limited to contemporary rugs and carpets as statement floor coverings. But the truth is, antique Persian rugs  make striking centrepieces, particularly when juxtaposed against minimalistic, contemporary furnishings

Antique Persian rugs are not only aesthetically pleasing but they come with centuries of stories woven into their pile. In an age that is dominated by factory production and synthetic materials, antique rugs offer a more sustainable option that places value on handmade creations and the skills of artisans.

Floral designs on a beige antique Persian rug by Carpet Cellar

Antique Persian rugs are generally more durable

Most antique rugs are handmade from natural fibres, such as wool, which has strong insulating properties, is naturally antibacterial, and will last for generations. Buying an antique Persian rug may come with a higher price tag but it is an investment that will stand the test of time. Unlike some inexpensive, factory-made rugs, hand-knotted antique rugs may have already been around for decades, with their colour and appearance still as beautiful as the day they were made.

If you’re looking for sustainability, antique Persian rugs are the way to go

When you consider that most antique rugs are coloured using natural dyes (rather than synthetic dyes with harmful chemicals), buying an antique Persian rug is also a sustainable choice for you and your family. The first synthetic dyes were invented in the mid-19th century, so any rugs manufactured in the years prior are likely to be coloured with natural dyes. That being said, there has been an increased interest by modern carpet and rug manufacturers in using natural dyes, so it is also possible to find contemporary, antique-style options that are also sustainably made. 

You get to showcase handmade artworks in your home

The popularity of antique Persian rugs in modern homes reflects a renewed interest in the value of handmade artisan objects, such as crockery, woodwork and textiles. Before the advent of machinery, all rugs and carpets were woven by hand and were infused with the creative stamp of their maker. When you buy an antique rug for your home, you are not just buying a floor covering but a precious piece of art that draws on generations of knowledge.

Antique Persian rugs come with authentic, traditional designs

Many of the designs featured in antique rugs are not just combinations keyed into a computer but long-established traditions handed down from maker to maker. They may reflect the unique characteristics of the workshop where they were crafted or the motifs envisioned by a master weaver. When you buy an antique rug for a home, it brings with it stories that will enliven your space and become a talking point with guests. 

Blue and beige antique Persian rug by Carpet Cellar in a living room

You create a warm aesthetic in a contemporary home

Modern architectural trends emphasize on functionality and move away from the older theme of ornamentation. The addition of an antique Persian rug immediately brings warmth to the space, with rich colours, intricate patterns and a lustrous texture. If you’re styling a room with exposed concrete floors or bare white walls, an antique rug will instantly make it more inviting. 

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