Work Of Art: Carpets

By | February 18, 2017

It can be said that carpets are work of arts. For centuries, women in the Middle East, Central Asia, and Anatolia has passed on the tradition and art to their children. The intricate designs and materials used in carpets make it an elaborate art.

In the olden times, carpets were used as a status symbol. Wealthy people commissioned the creation of elaborate carpets to decorate their palaces. The carpets also served as precious gifts to esteemed guests. The court carpets are so far ahead in quality and artistry compared to the ones we see in carpet stores in Utah.

They do not have vacuum cleaners before, but the hand-made carpets then seem very durable because it stood the test of time and are now displayed in museums. The regular carpets that we have now, on the other hand, need professional treatment to ensure that it will last a long time. Carpet Cleaning Utah has kept our office and home carpets clean and fresh for many years and we think that they are doing a great job since we do not see any need to replace our carpet anytime soon.

Unlike the regular carpets that we see now, the most admired and treasured carpets were made by the Ottoman, the Safavid, and the Mughal. These type of rugs are considered treasure because of its one of a kind design and craftsmanship. These are the carpets that you see in museums. Let us know more about these interesting carpets.

Ottoman Carpets

The Ottoman Empire in Anatolia has a long tradition of carpet weaving. In the 16th century, the carpet weavers used exclusive designs from the artists of the Ottoman Empire. The same patterns were employed in paintings, textiles, ceramics, and books binding. The famous design was called “Saz Style.” The Saz consist of long flowing leaves and flowers. This style is sometimes combined with the “Floral Style” which consist of a real-life depiction of flowers such as tulips, roses, and hyacinths.

Another distinct feature of the Ottoman carpet is the S-spun wool that is not found in other Turkish carpets. This feature could be attributed to the Ottoman take-over of Egypt in 1571. This event led Ottomans to contract Egyptian carpet weavers for the Ottoman Empire.

Safavid Carpets

The Safavids that ruled the Greater Iran in the 16th to the 18th century were big supporters of the arts. It can be seen in the elaborate and colorful carpets created for their courts. Animal and hunting scenes are the typical subject of Safavid carpets. The animal depicted in the carpet design could be a real-life or mythical animal figures. The Safavid carpets are often woven entirely with silk.

Mughal Carpets

The Mughals are the rulers of the Indian subcontinent from 1526 to 1858. They were the ones who brought the carpet weaving workshops to India. Since India does not have a carpet industry in place, the Mughals brought Persian carpet weavers to create the rugs they needed. In time, a distinct Mughal design emerged which consist of plants and flower patterns.

You may visit the website of the Metropolitan Museum to view the photos of these fine carpets. http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search#!/search?material=Carpets