Types of Rugs in Collection
The absolute gold standard of rugs and Emmert’s favorite. Persian rugs are obviously made in Iran and named after the region in which they were created. Emmert liked to collect and sell rugs from Tabriz, Kashan, Mashad, Heriz, Isfahan rugs, and more. All the Persian rugs in Emmert’s collection are antique/vintage and created by master weavers renowned for their expertise and workshops staffed with the best rug makers of the region. A few of Rugnet’s rugs are even signed by its master weaver.
Persian rugs are created to be passed down through generations so they exhibit excellent craftsmanship which can be seen in the intricately detailed motifs and designs. This also means Persian rugs are incredibly durable, making them a great choice for families with pets and young children. Large Persian rugs completely transform living and family rooms and meld with all interiors including traditional, rustic farmhouse and even modern décor.
Village and Tribal
Emmert also loved and appreciated rugs made on small looms in a village or nomadic tribe. These rugs were most likely woven by a woman who creates the design and ties the knots from her memory of designs traditional to that village or tribe.
Unlike the precision, intricate detail, and clean lines of the more formal Persian rugs made on large permanently installed looms, tribal or village rugs are created on looms that can be easily folded away. Once the looms are reassembled to continue weaving, it is impossible to reassemble in the exact same position. As a result, the rugs are smaller, many make great runners, and they will most likely have slightly wonky edges and patterns. The design is often not perfectly centered or symmetrical and may include whimsical motifs designed by the weaver. Just like the fine traditional Persian rugs, tribal/village rugs are extremely durable.
Most tribal/village rugs in Emmert’s collection on Rugnet are 80-100 years old. For all these reasons, tribal/village rugs are always in high demand, prized as one-of-a-kind works of art. We have seen tribal/village rugs as a runner in a farmhouse-chic kitchen, and in a busy hallway of a contemporary home. They also look particularly charming in a nursery or kid’s room.
Hand-knotted in India, these rugs feature a Persian design and motifs. Emmert appreciated the craftsmanship of Indian-made Persian rugs and there only a few remaining in his collection on Rugnet. They utilize a very high-quality New Zealand wool making them very plush underfoot and feature vegetable dyes so the coloration is still vibrant, but in more muted shades than very traditional Persian rugs. These rugs are not only a showpiece in a living or family room, but because they are so soft, they are also fantastic in a bedroom.
China stopped making hand-knotted rugs in 2019 and now only produces machine-made rugs. All of the rugs in Emmert’s collection on Rugnet are hand-knotted and new, made prior to 2019. They are beautifully made but becoming scarce and expensive with rug dealers. Hand-knotted Chinese rugs are stunning in formal living rooms, as well as bedrooms.