The mystic poet, Rumi said in one of his short poems that every craftsman searches for what’s not there to practice his craft. A carpenter stops at the house without a door and a carpet maker covers naked floors. According to the poet, every craftsman fills the emptiness and this means that the emptiness latter has already what one needs. Even though it is not there, someone will bring it along. It may seem odd that a carpet maker somewhere in the remote mountains of Central Asia is weaving a rug that is going to fill the blankness of a living room located thousands of miles away.
Oriental rugs have been weaved in different sizes depending on their place of origin, materials, and purposes of use. They can be large, small, runners, round, oversized, square, oval or larger ones specially made for a mansion. Nowadays the size of Oriental rugs depends on ancient traditions or the demands from western countries. The latter has standardized the size of rugs created in Near, Middle, and the Far East.
Size is the first thing that defines if someone is making the right choice. Carpets are floor pieces that can fit even with the most minimalistic home decoration styles. It can add light and warmth to simply decorated room. If the rug’s size isn’t harmonious with the overall design, it will have no matter if it is the most beautiful rug in the world.
Persian Rugs by size
The smallest Persian carpets are those used as doormats or for sleeping purposes. These types include Poshti, Padari and Patakhti rugs. They are approximately 90 x 60 cm.
Small rugs are called Zar o Charak with a size of 80 x 130 cm and Zar o nim 100 x 150 cm.
Medium-small rugs are known as Musel 100 x 200 cm and medium sized rugs Sajjadeh or Do-zar 150 x 210 cm. larger rugs are named Pardeh and their size is approximately 150 x 250 cm.
In the meantime small, medium and large carpets are all named as Ghali. The largest Ghali can be 300 x 400 cm.
Nomadic, tribal and village rugs tend to be small and are used as area or prayer rugs. Meanwhile, round carpets are weaved in Nain, Tabriz and Isfahan.