• TABRIZ / Origin: Iran | Province: Tabriz | Size: 145 x 92 cm | Material: Wool & Silk | Description: Symbols of Zoroastrianism

Pictorial Rugs


These kind of rugs are tightly knotted with amazing intricate detail, these details can lead you to believe they are paintings from a distance and its only when you get close up these works of art that you realise they are not paintings but hand knotted rugs.


Pictorial rugs reproduce amazing portraits and scenes of life. Beautiful tiles, wall art and architecture inspired the weavers. Originally they were decorative items, only later did they start to produce them to look like photographs. Sometimes reproducing a scene from famous European paintings.


The very first examples of pictures on rugs were seen in the Sixteenth Century with the introduction of weaved flowers, birds, royal parties and hunting scenes. In the centuries that followed the influence of Europe started to appear in many Pictorial rugs. Every region has different architectural characteristics, and for this reason they varied in size. Larger Buildings commissioned ceiling to floor pictorial rugs.


The Twentieth Century was the most popular period for producing Pictorial Rugs; they became a symbol of success for many in Iran. Pictorial rugs involve a considerable amount of skill in order to be woven. Not all weavers are able to perform such work therefore keeping the production quite low.


We have a varied selection of Persian Pictorial Rugs. The most popular are:

Animals – Horses were often pictured on these rugs as well as typical hunting scenes.


Faces – Taken and inspired by Persian paintings or points of interest in European history.


Flowers – A basket of flowers or a vast spray of beautiful traditional flowers from the region the rug was made.


Miniature – Taken from historic miniature paintings.


Persepolis – Appropriated images of the Ancient City.


Religious – Manly religious symbols but one particular famous scene is The Last Supper.


Scenery – Persian and European scenery, we have a beautiful rug of the Palace of Versailles.