How To Tell An Authentic Persian Rug

Due to their enticing patterns and designs, Persian rugs have been an attractive element of home décor for many years. As a customer, you should read up on how to tell the authenticity of a Persian rug. You should also know their measurements and imperfections.

When customers want to buy authentic area rugs, they normally search for hand-weaved rugs made in Iran. Mostly, rugs are given names depending on where they’re coming from. So Tabriz rugs are from one of the oldest cities in Iran.



Original Persian rugs are made from natural materials like silk, wool, cotton, jute, and animal hair. Most of the hand-weaved rugs also feature different materials such as cotton and a silk. Rugs made by machine, on the other hand, may have blended synthetic materials and fiber. You should note that rugs made of silk are more expensive than rugs made of wool, but as we all know, cheap materials are a sign of inferior quality, so a low price tends to indicate an inauthentic rug.



The Persian knot (also known as Senneh knot) is asymmetrical, made by passing a string beneath one wrap, and then through the next using looms of wood. This process produces an elegant and consistent pile made in a slow motion, so once folded, the rug does not have the appearance or feel of a rigid sheet.



Check the back of the rug and make sure it’s the same as the front. If both sides are not alike, then it’s unlikely that the rug was hand woven. Nevertheless, machine-made rugs can have the same production design on both sides so it is only a simple first step before you perform an in-depth inspection.

The significance of measuring Persian rugs:

Persian rugs are normally listed by suppliers using their measurements, such as Raj or knots per square inch. Carefully check the back of the rug to ensure that the measurements are accurate. If you’re working from an image, make sure the image contains a measurement tape on the rug.

  • As noted previously, knots per square inch is used to determine the value and quality of your rugs. A higher knot per square inch implies a more expensive and luxurious rug. You can get the knot per inch square by counting the knots in one inch along the rug. On average, a high-quality Tabriz rug has over three hundred knots per square inch.
  • Raj, on the other hand, is a more ancient form of measurement only used on Tabriz rugs. Beware of rug vendors who use Raj to measure the quality of rugs that are not from Tabriz. Inferior Tabriz rugs range between 25 and 35 Raj while high-quality ones are at least 50 raj. If the rug has more than 50 raj, then it should always be a Persian rug made of silk and not a cotton foundation.


If the seller has many identical items, it’s an indication of mass production as it is difficult to produce identical rugs woven by hand. There should be a slight inconsistency in the design of an original Persian rug.

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