What is Bijar?

: a thick-piled Persian rug of very close weave and variable design produced in Bijar.

Where are Bijar rugs made?

Bijar rugs (the ‘Iron Carpet of Iran’) are mainly woven by Kurds in Gerus and Afsha areas of Iran. These rugs are unique in that they use two wefts making the carpet extremely heavy, stiff and durable.

How can you tell if a rug is Bijar?

Bijar carpets are usually identified by their weave, rather than the design, since many various designs were used. Bijar weavers beat the weft strands with a hammer against the rows of knot repeatedly until the weave becomes extremely compact. As a result, Bijar rugs are dense, heavy, and exceptionally durable.

What is a Persian Heriz rug?

Heriz rugs are Persian rugs that originated from the area of Heris— a town in northwest Iran. Rugs like the Heriz are manufactured in villages and, once ready for sale and trade, adopt the village’s name as their label. These particular carpets are tough and long-lasting— they are guaranteed to last for generations.

How do I know if my rug is Heriz?

Heriz rugs are easily recognizable because of their bold colors and unique signature design, consisting of a large medallion with oversized corner pieces and double or even triple outlining. These rugs are also heavier and more durable as compared to most other types of Persian rugs.

How do I identify my Heriz rug?

Both Heriz and Serapi rugs can be readily identified by their rectilinear designs and highly stylized geometric detailing that often features a pure blue or blue and ivory large medallion on a field of deep red or terracotta.

Are Tabriz rugs expensive?

Tabriz rugs are among the more expensive Persian rugs but as any rug expert will tell you, the higher price is well worth it, both in terms of the sophistication it will impart to any room in which it is placed and also as an investment. A well maintained Tabriz rug will hold its value through the years.

What is a Serapi rug?

Serapi carpet or Serapi rug is woven in Heriz village in East Azerbaijan Province, located in northwest of Iran. These rugs are employed symmetrical knots with cotton foundation and a wool pile. The designs of these rugs are Medallion and Geometric, and the colors are Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, Ivory, Pink.

Where is Heriz in Iran?

Heriz is a city in North West Iran in the province of East Azerbaijan.

Where do Heriz rugs come from?

What is a Malayer rug?

The Malayer or Malayir rug comes from the large rug producing region south of Hamadan extending into North Luristan. There is a wide variety of different rug patterns. The rugs are single wefted and range from coarse to finer than most Hamadan rugs. Generally they have thick construction of very good wool.

Where is the capital of Bijar County Iran?

Bijar is a small city (often referred to as a town by many rug merchants) in NW Iran and is the capital of Bijar County, Kurdistan Province, Iran.

Where can I find a genuine Bijar rug?

If a rug was woven in Turkey, India, Romania, Pakistan, China or any other weaving center, with a Bijar design, it is not a genuine Persian Bijar or simply a Bijar rug. A genuine Persian Bijar rug is only woven in the city of Bijar or the surrounding villages. The rug would be considered a Bijar design, if woven elsewhere.

What kind of knot do Bijar weavers use?

Since time immemorial, Bijar weavers have used a weaving technique that I am not aware of being used anywhere else in Iran or any other of the rug weaving countries. Bijar rugs are woven with a Turkish knot (sometimes called a Gordies knot) with one or two wefts inserted between each row of knots.