lat-woven or pile? Wool or silk? Modern or traditional? If you’ve found yourself here, it is no doubt because you’ve discovered how tricky it can be to purchase your first handmade rug.
Most rugs are named after the region in which they were woven, or the city where the bazaar is located. For those without a PhD in Middle Eastern Studies, this can be a fairly daunting shopping experience. Tabriz, Heriz, Sarouk, Shiraz — these are just a few styles of rugs produced in Iran. To confuse matters, there is no standard spelling, as the names are transliterations from Farsi.