Persian rugs are beautiful carpets that will last more than a lifetime. Many people inherit these amazing carpets from family members, and then go on to leave them to other family members when they pass away. The Persian rugs are made from high quality materials and by craftsmen that do excellent work.
In the history of Persian rugs there have been very few changes to the carpets. The craftsmen that create the rugs are taught by family members, who learned to make the rugs from their ancestors. Many generations of craft workers have developed the patterns, the dye process, and the color combinations that are put together to create the Persian rugs.
When you research the history of Persian rugs you discover that most of these carpets are made from wool. Many people believe that the traditional rugs were crafted from silk, but wool is more readily available fiber, and the majority of the carpets are made from wool.
The history of Persian rugs also reveals that the majority of the rugs are created using natural dyes to color the wool. Synthetic dyes are not used very often because they do not produce the same warm tones that the natural dyes do. When carpets made of synthetic dyes age the coloring of the fibers begin to look washed out, but when the fibers are colored using natural ingredients the colors look softer, and more appealing as they age.
Persian rugs have been crafted by some families for many years. These families have often made carpets for kings, and royalty, as well as for their own families, and villagers. Over the years each family would develop a special pattern that they wove into their carpets. The pattern was unique and no other rug maker would use it because the pattern was like a brand marking who made the rug, and even when the rug was made.
These carpets were made to place on the floor for people to sit on, walk on, lie on, or to decorate the lodging. Today the majority of the carpets are hung on the wall to display their beauty without leaving them vulnerable to the wear and tear they would receive on the floor.
You can clean these rugs by taking them outside and simply allowing them to air in the fresh air. This will remove any odors that might linger in the fabrics. You can also hang them up so they can be beaten to remove the dust that might have collected in the fibers. You may wash them with water as long as you check the carpet first to make sure the water will not cause the colors to fade.
Some of these carpets are worth several thousands of dollars. The age of the piece, the materials used to create it, the area it was crafted in, and who it was made for will influence the worth of the rug today. You can have a carpet dealer assess any rug you own to determine if it is a very valuable piece.