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Oriental Rugs and Persian Rugs: What’s the Difference?

If you’re shopping for area rugs, you probably have the type of rug you want in mind, but you don’t know what it’s called. Often times, rugs get grouped under the “oriental rugs” category, but they have slight distinctions that make them Persian rugs. Here is a little further information on the differences between oriental and Persian rugs.

First off, the term “oriental rugs” actually refers to an overarching category. In the Oriental rug category you can find the subcategories like Persian rugs, Kashmir rugs, War and Azerbaijani rugs, to name a few.

Persian rugs are typically easy to identify because of their motifs used in most designs. There is usually an outer border, a thicker inner border, and a thinner inner border. In the center, there is typically a medallion in the center and the corners of the inner design have some sort of embellishment. All in all, Persian rugs are highly decorative, and often times are colored with rich reds, blues, and golds.

No matter what type of rug is your favorite though, having a one of a kind rug in your home is something that you will cherish for generations.

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