Antique Oriental Rugs, Persian Carpets, Vintage and New Rugs

Introducing one of the largest collections of Oriental Rugs with cool colors and impeccable designs in Dallas. Carrying a complete selection of Persian rugs, Moroccan rugs, new rugs and antique Oriental rugs in the Dallas Design District, our knowledgeable and friendly staff can help you find the perfect rug for any room and any décor style. At Esmaili Rugs and Antiques, Inc., we understand everyone has their own preference from high pile to flat weave to bold colors and large graphic prints or clean and simple. With the most complete collection of vintage rugs and antique rugs in Dallas, you are sure to find the perfect rug for your home with us. We bring a new range of Oriental rugs for nearly any interior, whether residential, commercial or hospitality. Within each rug collection, you will find numerous options to choose from. We make it easy to find the style, size and design that suit your client's space and personality. From traditional design to transitional, modern to contemporary and wonderfully wild to bohemian chic, we bridge the gap between Art You Can Walk On and Interior Design. Go from drab to dreamy! It's time to refresh, renew and revitalize with Esmaili Rugs and Antiques, Inc. conveniently located in the Dallas Design District!

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Our collection of handmade Oriental rugs is one of the largest in the Southern United States. It is also one of the more extensive vintage rug and antique carpet inventories you will find in Texas. Browse our most popular and up-to-date rug collection below or search our entire Rug Collection.

Experience a New Era in Oriental Rugs, Antique Rugs and Vintage Rugs

Esmaili Rugs and Antiques, Inc. is proud to present our latest handmade Oriental rugs, antique carpets and new rugs in the Dallas Design District. We bring a new range of designer rugs to market with our Weathered Beauty Distressed Rug Collection and our Wonderfully Wild Moroccan Rug Collection. Comprised of thousands of new, vintage and antique rugs with limitless configurations, our vast selection of rugs offer inspiration and style like never before! Our established relationships with the top weavers from around the world allow us to provide the finest quality handmade rugs available in the interior design industry today. Esmaili Rugs and Antiques, Inc. is the ultimate source for Dallas interior designers to resource premium designer carpets and fine Oriental rugs at to the trade only pricing. With thousands of beautiful Oriental rugs at your fingertips, you'll spend less time shopping and more time designing. We extend our warmest invitation to call or visit our Rug Gallery in Dallas for your next project. Mr. Ali Esmaili travels worldwide to find the best selection of Oriental rugs. Through strong relationships with factories abroad and volume purchasing, we are able to keep our costs low and pass terrific savings along to you.

History of Oriental Rugs and Antique Carpets

A true oriental rug is a handmade carpet that is either knotted with pile or woven without pile. People from different cultures, countries and religious faiths are involved in the production of oriental rugs. Iran, China, India, Russia, Turkey, Pakistan, Morocco, Tibet and Nepal are some of the biggest rug exporters. Oriental rugs are structured by origin: Persian rugs, Pakistani rugs, Arabian rugs, Anatolian rugs, Kurdish rugs, Caucasian rugs, Central Asian rugs, Turkestanian (Turkmen, Turkoman) rugs, Chinese rugs, Tibetan rugs and Indian rugs. Oriental rugs come from a variety of styles, colors and shapes and there is a great deal of effort put into their creation. Based on the size and knot count of the rug and how fine it is, the weaving style, dyes, technique, design and creativity involved in the production may take months and sometimes even years.

The most commonly used textile in Oriental rugs is different types and qualities of sheep's wool. Cotton, goat's hair, pure silk and camel's hair are also used in making Oriental rugs. Some say the finest wool comes from Kurdistan. Central Asia and the Caucasus region's wool is prized for being strong and lustrous while the wool from Kerman and Khorasan is known for being fine and velvety. Renowned for soft, extremely luxurious wool imported from England, Manchester Kork wool highly prized. The high-grade Kork (Qurk) wool comes from the softest parts of Manchester sheep. Manchester Kashan Oriental rugs represent an exclusive subgroup of Persian carpets known for their impeccably fine knotting, silken texture, stylized floral designs and soft, luminous color palette. Sheep's wool remains the material of choice for the pile of Oriental rugs.

The radiant colors and harmonious hues of the Oriental rug are among its major attractions. It is the opulence of the color scale that allows for the beautiful decorative effects in Oriental rugs. Plant and animal dyes were used to color the wool prior to the 20th century. The madder plant created shades of red, pink and violet. Saffron and turmeric root made yellow sometimes with a red undertone while a green-yellow was created by fungus from the mulberry bush. Indigo plants provided blue. Synthetic aniline dyes made their way into the picture around the 1860's and proved more economical as the aniline dyes allowed the rug weavers to increase production. Years later, natural dyes proved to be more successful as they mellow with age and the synthetic dyes did not remain true to their colors. Aniline dyes were banned in Iran (Persia) in the early 1900's because the dyes were not colorfast. The Oriental rug probably would cease to captivate without its seemingly infinite assortment of designs.

It is often possible to determine the age and where a rug was created by studying its design. Rug weaving can be distinguished by regions using geometric shapes and patterns and those using floral designs. Turkman rugs are predominantly geometric while the traditional floral pattern dominates India and Iran (Persia). Chinese rugs are identified by designs that contain dragons, monsters or birds. Most animals have symbolic meaning. The dragon represents imperial power and also has strong connotations with Confucianism in China; however, the dragon symbolizes evil in Iran and in India, death. Scenes of fighting animals typically represent the struggle between good and evil on Oriental rugs. Flowers, plants and geometric designs also convey special meanings. The pomegranate is a symbol of fertility and abundance because of its many seeds while the coconut and the palm are symbols of blessings and fulfillment. The cypress tree is a metaphor for mourning, as well as life after death while the lotus foretells a great lineage.

Dating back over 3000 years, rug weaving is one of the oldest industries in the world. Oriental rugs can be found in ancient paintings, stories and poetry. They have been the source of artistic admiration for kings and royalty. Examples of exceedingly old and rare oriental rugs are hard to find and also extremely valuable. Historians and rug enthusiasts are required to rely upon a limited examples of these ancient textiles to determine what little we know about this timeless art form.