Having grown up in rug shops and having rugs hug our homes for all our lives, we have admired rug designs up close and afar. After a while, you can recognise the type of rug and its region of origin from its distinct designs and field orientation.

Here are some general characteristics to help you spot some of the most popular Persian rugs.




Traditionally recognisable by the angular ornaments embedded within the rug's field with a strong floral design on top of a shaded background. Heriz rugs are known to have an all-over design.

Another rug you may have heard of is Serapi. Serapi is the trade name for a high quality 19th century antique Heriz (fun fact!).



This is an easy one - most commonly, Tabriz rugs have a medallion centre with an all-over floral design.

The floral component usually resembles drawings of leaves and vines, all of which is knotted finely giving the rug a little more of a glow. Tabriz


Shiraz beauties are commonly made in larger sizes and are almost always geometric in style. The sides of a Shiraz rug are usually knotted with a two toned pole medallion design.



Herati rugs are one of the most diverse amoung the Persian carpet family. Mainly known for its border and field design, Herati rugs also commonly present pear shaped or flower designs in their field. These designs are then surrounded by stems or vines that are generally all woven to face the same direction.


Now often found in lighter colours, these rugs are identifiable by their floral boquet and vase designs - one of the most distinct being the Damask Rose.


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