Cords that bind





We unravel the mysteries of the hand-knotted carpet from Persia with the help of Amin Bagheri, Director of The Orientalist Singapore

CARPET WEAVING IS ONE OF THE MOST DISTINGUISHED manifestations of Persian culture and art, with a history that dates back to ancient Persia more than 2,500 years ago. These luxurious textiles were once woven for the court and great nobles, and were protected like any jeweled treasure. Taking several months and even years to weave, each piece is an exquisite work of art and a testament to fine craftsmanship. Amin Bagheri, whose family hails from Persia with over 50 years of history in this specialized trade, is one of the three brothers behind The Orientalist Singapore – a leading purveyor of contemporary and classical carpets and rugs. He shares with us his knowledge of this intricate craft.

What’s the difference between rugs and carpets?
Rugs are smaller, more causal and are carried around by nomadic tribes. They are no larger than 7 by 5 feet; anything bigger and it’ll be called a carpet.

What are the different carpets available?
Carpets are grouped into two general categories: classical and contemporary. Within the Classical, carpets are classified according to new, used, antique, place of origin (techniques) and materials employed. Quality carpets use finer materials such as silk to weave into small knots, and are therefore more detailed and expensive. Their average knots per square inch is 400, the highest is usually 1,000. The finest regions for classical carpets are found in northwest Tabriz (Iran) and Kashan (central Iran).
Contemporary carpets are evaluated by their design, the number of colours employed and their designer. Its value depends very much on the creativity of the designer and the density of the carpet. The finer carpets have a more detailed knotting between 300 to 500 per square inch and are more dearly priced. Haynes Robinson, Jan Kath and Mischioff are all big designer names in the world of contemporary carpets.