Iran (once known as Persia) has a history
of carpet weaving that goes back hundreds of years. These rugs displayed
some of the most beautiful and intricate elements of Islamic art & culture.
Today, dealers of Iranian descent sell many of the rugs that are purchased
in the United States and Europe. This has led to a common belief that Iran
has a tradition of producing the ‘best’ oriental rugs in the
world. Indeed Iranians make some of the finest rugs. However they also weave
many poorly made pieces. When purchasing a rug, the country of origin by no means guarantees
the quality of the product. After the Iranian revolution in 1979, the American
government enforced an embargo on Iranian goods. Therefore,
the Iranian rugs in the US that had been imported before the embargo were sold
at a premium for twenty years. The embargo was lifted
between 2000 and 2010, which led to a great quantity of Iranian rugs flooding into the
American market. However, the embargo was restored in 2010 causing prices to fluctuate further.