Antique and semi-antique carpets from Ardebil region of northern Iran have little in common with the brightly coloured, geometric rugs that are woven today in newly established weaving centres in this area. The modern designs, influenced by the Caucasian pattern made across the border in Russia, are usually composed of three large, connected diamonds worked in rows on an open field. Another common design features rows of octagonal lozenges on either an open or a well-covered ground; a third is made up of a single geometric medallion on a well-covered field. The predominant colours are usually deep blue, ivory, moss green, or bright red, although earth tones are also being introduced.
Ardebil rugs are worked on cotton warps with fully stacked Turkish knots, and the pile height is kept relatively short. These rugs range in size from 3 by 2 to 14 by 10 feet and larger; many sizes of runners are also produced. Ardebil rugs differ from Caucasian rugs in that their wool is not as lustrous, their pile is higher, and they are available in larger sizes. The quality of an Ardebil rug is generally described as coarse to medium, 20% to 30% finer than its counterpart, the Meshkin, and proportionally more expensive.
As Iranian rugs become harder and harder to find, even the more moderately priced styles are beginning to be reproduced in India. Indian versions of Ardebil carpets are worked in the typical higher pile of Indian rugs, and are fairly similar in colour to the originals. They are available in sizes from 6 x4 to 14×10.
All our rugs at Oriental Rug Gallery are hand weaved carpets by professional rug artisans, village weavers and nomadic tribes in Middle East, Asia, Eastern Europe and Africa regions. Our rugs range from designer artist labels to rugs lovingly created by women at home. Oriental Rug Gallery specialises in Persian rugs, but we also have a selection of other authentic rugs from other regions in the world. Give us a call on 07768616666 to find out more about this rug.