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Weaving History Into Homes

Story by Jessica Perkins Photography by Amanda Cross

While many young boys in the United States were playing baseball and taunting the neighborhood cats, 9-year-old Saeed Heydari was learning the art of hand weaving wool rugs at home with his family in Iran. Heydari's father had passed away and it was up to him and his five siblings to help their mother replace the family's income.

Weaving rugs by hand was not uncommon where Heydari lived. In fact, he says most families were involved in the trade in some way or another. They used all-natural wool, colored with all-natural dyes. The rugs were intricately designed and woven with meticulous attention to detail. Buyers would scan the neighborhood, seeking out the most beautifully, hand crafted Persian rugs available, some of which would take the family years to complete.

Over time, the art of hand weaving rugs has diminished as machines have made it possible to create more rugs at lower costs. However, nothing can replace the quality, durability and value of an authentic handmade Persian rug, which very often holds and increases its value very well. Rugs can range from 2' x 3' to palace-size dimensions reaching 16' x 26.'

Heydari now operates his business Heydari Rugs in the United States. It is based in Jackson, Tennessee. He has collected many of the traditional Persian rugs that his family and others crafted by hand, and sells them to his Paducah clients through a showroom located inside Home Floor & Kitchens. For more information go to www.heydarirugs.net.

Featured Rugs:

Caucasian Rug

This 4' x 5' all-wool rug was made by hand in northern Persia or southern Russia about 120 years ago. From its foundation to its surface, this rug is entirely composed of all-natural wool that has been produced with all natural colors and dyes. Because it is entirely woven by hand, it is not a standard size. There are 250 knots per square inch. Price: $5,800

Heriz Rug

This nearly 5' x 8' rug was carefully designed and hand knotted by members of Heydari's family in Persia. The inspiration for its design came from the many vibrantly tiled buildings scattered throughout the country. The wool makes it easy to clean and, if well maintained, it could easily increase in value as it ages. Price: $2,000

Kayseri Rug

Heydari says that Turkish rugs tend to have a more fluid pattern and design than many of the Persian rugs. They share many of the same beautiful colors and the same high quality wool fiber, however most Turkish rugs will lack many of the intricate details that can be observed in the traditional Persian designs. This rug is about 60 years old and is named for the city in which it was created. Price: $900

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