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There is so much to know about fine Oriental and Persian Rugs

Few things anywhere in our world boast the culture, heritage, and history — not to mention the detail, myths, and legends — of Oriental rugs and Persian rugs, whose very existence is inextricably bound to people and places around the world across the centuries, notably of the Middle East, Turkey, Asia, Europe and, more recently, the Americas where Persian and Oriental rugs are must-have showpieces in stylish homes and offices.

There is just so much to know about fine Oriental and Persian handmade, hand-knotted rugs which, in addition to being bona fide works of art, uniquely complement their host spaces with their intricate designs, glorious colors, and antiquity, all while dazzling curious owners and admirers.

Persian rugs date back literally thousands of years and were apparently first mentioned around 400 BC, by the Greek author Xenophon in his book Anabasis. Persian rugs are made of wool, silk or cotton, or a combination of the three.

It can take weavers of Persian and Oriental rugs months or even years to make large, top-quality carpets with intricate floral and other designs. Some rugs use natural dyes derived from plants. Silk Persian rugs can have as many as 1,200 knots per square inch.

Persian rugs are deeply tied to legend such as the flying carpets featured in the collection of fables assembled under One Thousand and One Nights (a.k.a. Arabian Nights), believed to have been collected during the Islamic Golden Age of the 8th to 14th centuries. Face it: nobody is writing —and handing down through the ages — tales of mystical stools or enchanted bookshelves.

Because of their timeless beauty and craftsmanship, authentic gorgeous, one-of-a-kind, handcrafted Turkish, Oriental, or Persian rugs are highly coveted. Fortunately, upscale, reputable vendors such as Mansour are able to guarantee authenticity of provenance, materials, and workmanship. Mansour understands that every rug has a story and, because of its timeless beauty and value, will become a legacy to future generations.