In these weekly blogs, I’m going to talk about the various designs of oriental rugs.
One of the most popular designs to be found in Oriental rugs is known as the ‘Shah Abbas’ flower, named after Persian King Abbas, who reigned in the 16th Century. King Abbas ordained that this beautiful flower be incorporated into the designs of ceramics, textiles, silverware and rugs and which the artisans in each city designed in their own ways.
There’s a number of indications as to the origin of a rug. These are the knots on the back, the texture of the wool, the dyes, the weft and warp (identified by its fringe) and especially, by the form of the Shah Abbas flower, mostly to be found in rugs from Kashan, Tabriz, Isfahan, Nain, Nejafabad, Ghoum, Meshad and Mahal.

So popular is the Shah Abbas flower that it is replicated by weavers in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, which produce rugs commonly referred to today as ‘Zeiglers’, about which I will talk next week. Here is an example of a Shah Abass
By Leon Norell