The look: Tabriz rugs usually have curvilinear design and sophistication in their patterns to use in fine living room and dining room settings. Some tribal patterns can also appear in Tabriz pieces.
The general feel for quality: The quality of Tabriz rugs can vary. The older (before 1945) rugs are very good. Tabriz rugs are highly prized because they are one of the best looking and best quality handmade rugs in Iran and the world. Tabriz rugs have been renowned for centuries, where nobles like King Louis XIV would commission Tabrizi master weavers for elegant silk and wool rugs appealing for French estates.
Watch out for: Many lesser-quality rugs from around Tabriz are passed along as a Tabriz rug to unsuspecting customers. Further, some of the newer TABRIZ rugs can have a lower number of knots per square inch (kpsi) and lower material quality. Tabrizes are considered highly valuable and museum-quality when made in the high standard for which they are known.
Shape and style: Tabriz rugs have different sizes. The majority are mid size (from 4’x6′ to 8’x10′). You can also find large rugs up to 10′ x 18′. At Solomon’s, you can find the finest Tabriz pieces even up to grand palace-sizes of 12′ x 20′ or more.
Color: Some older Tabriz pieces can come in beige and earth tones, yet most older Tabrizes usually have dark red and powerful blue colors to predominate, with the ivory color used in elegant contrast. There are other colors in newer carpets such as soft green, blue and brown. At Solomon’s, you can even find the finest silk and wool Tabriz pieces made in Napoleanic pink, blues and ivory to a one-of-a-kind elegant black, gold, and lavender masterpiece.
Pile texture: Soft wool, thin, tight piles. An adornation of Persian silk highlights can be found in finer pieces.
Foundation: The finest Tabriz pieces are made from a pure silk warp foundation. Tabriz foundational warps are also of cotton, with their wefts either cotton or wool. At Solomon’s, you can find the finest Tabriz silk foundation masterpieces.
Solomon’s finest sources: Tabriz, Iran, the capital of the north-western Iran province of Azerbaijan, has for centuries enjoyed a great reputation as a center of Oriental culture and the central trading post of the ancient silk route. From its development from a naturally favored oasis at the foot of the volcano Sahand, to today’s commercial center, and descriptions of its artists and craftsmen could fill many historical volumes of the past several millenia.