The History of Oriental Rugs
When stripped of the age-old mystique of magic carpets, Oriental rugs can be defined as a hand-woven rug of natural fiber made in geographical areas that include the Near East, Middle East, Far East and the Balkans. True Oriental rugs also share a common characteristic - the manner in which they're made.
Oriental rugs are either flat-woven or hand-knotted, In flat-woven, pileless rugs, horizontal and vertical threads from both the rug itself and the design. In hand-knotted rugs, strands of yarn are tied into flat-woven fabric, creating a pile and pattern.
From this foundation had developed the variety of weaving styles, designs and geographic similarities which often confuse purchasers. Dover Rug & Home can help you lead through this complex maze of names, knots and locales.