The Language of Colors in Navy Blue Persian Carpets
If the craft of carpet weaving is described as the transformation of imagination and sensations into knots, patterns, and designs, what would it be like to have rugs without colors? It would be a blind man weaving a Persian carpet. Even though he can see colors neither on his mind nor in his hands, he would use them. This would be the introduction of abstract art into the ancient harmonious craft of Oriental carpet making. Knock on wood!
This means that not anyone is able to put the midnight sky and the bloomed gardens in a carpet. Gifted hands and minds are needed for completing this process. The mind will generate contrast from the chaos of dyes and the result is going to shape the impressions of the viewer. Oriental carpet weavers, especially Persians, have always been based on the principles of symmetry and proportion.
But differently from the European painters, who aimed to reach perfection, carpet weavers stop and in a given moment they make a mistake on purpose because only god can make something perfect. This detail, like many others, is one of the elements that makes the difference when it comes to handmade oriental rugs.
There are all these many styles or carpets and rugs. Every city or tribe has its own techniques for the creation of the rug that the weaver has on his or her mind. In some regions, only women practice this craft, while is some areas anyone can learn how to make a rug. The way how carpet makers move their fingers not only defines the quality of the rug, but it also translates into images and designs what their mind has already completed.
Some choose the color
Collectors and experienced buyers know that the size, shape, durability, designs and colors are the most important elements when looking for a rug. In the meantime, the price depends on them. But there are people that choose a rug depending on its colors. It is obvious that they pay importance to all the above-mentioned elements, however, the hue is more important.
The significance of colors in the Persian culture can be noticed almost everywhere. It is found in books such as Shahnameh, The Book of King, architecture, and ethnic costumes.
Colors have found their way into the life of Persians and afterward into art. They use colors in different idioms as a way for expressing sensations, and aesthetic values. The Persian word used for color is ‘rang’ and it stands for color and scent. This word is used to highlight different traits of people. Meanwhile, colors in Persian and oriental art gained mystical symbolism like blue, which is used in traditional buildings as a symbol of the sky and water.
The vibrant hues of oriental carpets include a combination of light and dark colors such as red, green, blue, navy blue, beige, pink, pastel, brown, etc. Most of these colors are extracted from plants or minerals. The indigo plant is the sources of all the shades of blue used in Oriental and Persian rugs. Besides the fact that it can match with different color schemes, it also creates an atmosphere of calmness and peace. It is linked to heaven and eternity and to people’s emotions and spirituality. This color is found in rugs of different sizes and origins.
Navy blue color and its hues are found in Tabas, Nain, Sanandaj, Varamin, Kerman, Birjand, Moud, Heriz, Mahabad, Meshkin, Serab, Soumak, Tabriz, Kelardasht, Qazvin, Roudbar, Mashad, Neyshapour, Quochan, Sabzevar, Bijar, Hamadan, Kerman, Khamseh, Nahavand, Farahan, Isfahan, Meimeh, Najafabad, Saveh, Semnan, Tafresh, Kashmar, Baluch, and antique Persian Sirjan rugs.
In the moment when the carpet is completed, it begins its journey, which can be long or short, but it will bring the midnight blue in your home.