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Persian Rugs Represent the Best of Oriental Rugs

Why are Persian Rugs typically better than other Oriental Rugs?

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Fine Persian Tabriz Rug.

I’ve been in the Oriental Rug business for 30 years now and have dealt with many types of Oriental Rugs. While there are many fine rugs produced in different countries, in my opinion fine Persian Rugs are far superior. That opinion is based on following reasons.
 

  1. Fine Persian Rugs are like pieces of art. Each rug has a soul and conveys the beauty of an art that dates back over 2500 years.
  2. The workmanship and degree of detail is unmatched by any other Oriental Rug.
  3. Persian rugs are produced in different parts of Iran and exhibit unique designs, color palette and weave characteristics of the area they are produced in. Each city, village and tribe have their own signature style.
  4. Because of the variety of designs available in Persian Rugs, they’re easy to use in Traditional, Transitional and Modern Interiors.
  5. The testament to quality of Persian Rugs is the auctions in Sotheby’s and Christie’s where you see Antique Persian Rugs fetching very high prices. Good Persian Rugs don’t just get old, they become precious antiques.

How come I don’t see fine Persian Rugs in many of Rug Stores, Furniture Stores, Design Centers, and Interior Design Studios?

Offering Fine Persian Rugs require knowledgeable rug experts on staff and substantial investment in inventory. They are one-of-a-kind works of art for people who appreciate their beauty, workmanship, history and can afford the best, and you can’t get the same exact one in a different size. Mass produced less expensive rugs that are being promoted heavily in shelter magazines or by sales people/ designers at national and local chain furniture stores don’t require knowledgeable rug expert or large investment to carry and are much easier to sell in volume. So you may never be presented with the best choice for your home.

How do I find a Persian Rug that’s ideal for my room?

Your best bet is to find a reputable dealer near where you live who specializes in Persian Rugs and has been in business for many years. They should be able to find a rug that works with your decor and budget.

  • Ask them to take the rug home and see it in your space.
  • Look at it during the day and at night. Also view it both from the light side and the dark side.
  • Ask what makes that rug special and why the dealer thinks it’s a good choice for you.
  • The rug should feel at home when you lay it down in its intended space.

Avoid auctions unless you’re an expert. Definitely avoid “Going out of Business” sales unless you know the dealer has been in business for many years and are very familiar with the quality of their merchandise and what they normally carry. Also buying online from a photo could give you a lot less than you bargained for.
 
With the variety of designs and colors available it’s impossible to walk in to a showroom and expect to find the rug of your dreams right away. We talk to our clients to find out what they like, their room, fabrics, furniture, decorating style, how they use the room  and then search throughout the country and over seas to find the perfect rug for them. Then we allow them to take it home to make sure it works and shop us around if they wish. When they are comfortable to make a decision then we talk about them acquiring the rug.

For more information feel free to contact Kamran or Kristi Karimpour or check us out on Facebook or Instagram!

What is a Persian Heriz Rug?

Persain Heriz Rugs

Persian Heriz Rugs are made in villages near the city of Tabriz in the north western part of modern day Iran. The craftsmen of this area use Turkish Knott to weave beautiful capets with simple and stylized designs that are very appealing to the eye. They fit well in Modern as well as Traditional Interiors. The older less busy Heriz rugs are sometimes called Serapi.

Persian Heriz Rug, Antique Heriz Rug, Serapi Rug, Birmingham Design Studio Perisan Rug Gallery

Beautiful Antique Persian Heriz Rug

Choosing Your Oriental Rug first makes your Interior Design Project Easier.

Choose Your Oriental Rug First at Birmingham Design Studio make decorating much easier

Persian & Oriental Rug Gallery at Birmingham Design Studio

An Oriental Rug creates a center of gravity for your room.

The right Rug would anchor the room and allow you to arrange your furniture around it. It can also be used to define space specially in open floor plans.

It is much easier to find fabrics that work with an Oriental Rug than vice versa.

Finding the right rug could be  difficult, specially if you like a more unique piece like a Perisan Rug. Many of the fine hand knotted rugs are one-of-a-kind. If you’re looking for a higher quality unique pieces you can make your lifemuch easier by finding the rug first. That is because there are many choices of fabrics avilable to select from for your furniture that would coordinate with your rug. But if you start with the fabrics first, finding a unique rug becomes very difficult. Any competent designer could help you find several choices that would work with your rug based on your taste and lifestyle. You can also take the fabric swatches home and look at it next to your rug to decide which one you like the best.

It makes sense to build from ground up.

Once you’ve chosen your Oriental Rug it is easy to lay out fabrics for different pieces of furniture next to the rug and make your final selections. You could also pick the finishes you want for your furniture.
From there you can consider your choices for paint colors and drapery fabrics. You can make all these decisions before you start ordering your furniture pieces and because everything builds up from the rug you would end up with a well coordinated color pallete for the room.

Have an Oriental Rug expert find the best rug for your project.

At Birmingham Design Studio we have two Oriental Rug experts with over 28 years of experience who will search the entire country to fine the best rug for you. We also have an in house professional design team and carry many of the top fabric lines in addtion to the fabrics available from the furniture manufacturers to help you or your designer find the best choices for you.
Contact Kamran or Kristi at Birmingham Design Studio for more advice.

Real Oriental Rugs in Michigan: How to recognize a real Hand-Knotted Oriental Rug

Real Oriental Rugs in Michigan, Birmingham Design Studio, Persian Rugs, Tabriz rug
 

A reputable dealer who specializes in hand-knotted Oriental rugs and has an established business in the same location for many years would be your best source for finding  real Oriental Rugs in Michigan.

How to Tell if your looking at a real Oriental Rug.

A fine Hand-Knotted rug is truly a labor of love and could take months even years for skilled artisans to weave. After you see a few high quality Persian Rugs, it would be easy for you to tell a true work of art from mass produced floor coverings.
Here are several ways to tell if the rug you’re looking at is really Hand-Knotted;
 
1. The fringe on a real oriental rug is an integral part of the rug itself. It is the continuation of the warp threads that run across the
     length of the rug’s foundation. In other words it’s not sewn onto the rug.
2. If you open the pile of the rug you’d actually see the knots at the base of  the pile threads.
     Machine made and tufted rugs don’t have knots.
3. You can not pull the pile threads out of a real Rug, because they’re knotted. Some rugs just loop the yarn on the foundation.
     They’re not considered true Oriental Rugs.
4. Generally you could see the pattern of the rug on the back side of it as well. Tufted rugs usually have a backing.
      Some machine made rugs show the design on the back.
5. The handle of a real Oriental rug is much different from tufted or machine made rugs.
 
Learn more by contacting Kamran Karimpour at Birmingham Design Studio: https://www.birminghamdesignstudio.com/rugs.inc

Design Tip

Design Tip: Go big with strong color. Painting a wall a bold color and adding contrasting fabrics throughout a space, will make a statement. Art and rugs are a good way to add color in a room that has neutral walls.

How to make a room come together

Having a hard time making a room come together? Take out a big element, like a large piece of furniture or something with a lot of color. Now take a step back and look at the room again. Even if the room feels a little emptier, you will have a better idea of where the design needs to go. You might not be able to see what your space is missing when there is something blocking your ability to visualize its potential. 

When decorating choose your Oriental Rug first.

Whether yor are traditional or contemporary, a Persian or Oriental rug creates a center of gravity for the room and defines your seating area.

When working with an Oriental rug, it is always best to make that your first selection, using the rug for your design inspiration. Not only is it a focal point for the room, but it sets the color palette and style.

Always work with a certified rug expert to help you make the right choice. There are a lot of different types and qualities of rugs available, so it is best to seek the advice of a professional to make sure you are making the best investment for your budget. The choices for the fabrics and wall colors are tremendous, making it easier to work up from the rug. It is important to pick the rug that you love because it sets the tone of the room, and should reflect your personality.

Once your or your designer have selected fabrics and wood finishes for the furniture that work with you rug, you can focus on fabrics for window treatments, and finally a paint color. Paint color selection should be last, as it is the easiest element to manipulate to exactly the shade that you want.

Last but not least is accessorizing to add the finishing touches. A little bit of homework goes a long way in creating rooms that are warm and inviting.

Kamran & Kristi Karimpour, Certified Oriental Rug Appraisers

 

Invest in high quality furniture

Invest  in quality furniture with classic lines that will stand the test of time. Wall color, lighting, and decorative accessories can easily be changed as your personal taste and design trends evolve.

Spice up your room with a dash of color!

Many people are afraid to use color in their home- but don’t be! If you feel that your room is boring but are afraid to get too adventurous, pick a neutral base for the big items then spice it up with things that are easily movable. Items such as lamps, accessories, and pillows are excellent places to experiment with color and transform a room from boring to fabulous

Add color to your rooms

Add color to your rooms

Color is back!

Bright colors are once again dominating the scene and Greens are taking center stage. From sunny Citrine to daring Emerald, bright and bold greens are a great way to add color and style to any space.

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