There is always quite a selection to choose from in the rug world because of the beautiful designs and kinds of rugs produced from the Eastern part of the world. However, one of the Oriental rugs that stand out of this crowd of talented work is the Ziegler rug. They form a subtle blend of designs and colors that match almost all household interiors. It is genuinely difficult to find a Ziegler Rug that is unable to mesh with any interior.
History behind Ziegler Rugs
The name Ziegler wasn’t taken from a city or a tribe like other Persian rugs; rather, it is the name of a particular design pattern and style of weaving. They are sometimes referred to as Peshawar rugs due to their similar traits. Ziegler and Co. is the name of a German company based in England that recruited master weavers during the late 18th century. Their recruitment was commission a softer and subtle form of rugs than the normal Persian rugs. This particular fusion created the original Ziegler rugs, which likewise became a hot commodity among the international market upon their birth. Since the Western market had such a deep hand in the Ziegler's manifestation, the overall process had an extremely positive impact on the Persian and Oriental rug exportation industry.
The weaving of these fine oriental area rugs began in Arak, but now they are crafted all over Persia. Even though they might be called Ziegler rugs, not all of them are products of Ziegler & Co.
Materials and Weaving Techniques
These rugs are mainly made of wool with a cotton foundation. On occasion, silk is utilized to give them a further extravagant form. Local imported wool is used in Ziegler rugs to provide an even higher quality that supplies a sleek and smooth finishing.
These rugs ideally use Persian knots and Mori knots, with a very high KPSI, making these rugs very strong and they last incredibly long.
Color and Designs
The colors used in these Ziegler rugs were dyes made from plants and vegetables found in the surrounding areas. Most Zieglers express subtle and soft shades of ivory or beige paired with darker background colors such as red, blue, yellow and brown to compliment the finely weaved designs on the carpets.
Some of these rugs also went through the processing of stone washing. Stone washing involved leaving the rug in the sun for several days to give it an antique appearance. Laying the rug in the sun would also soften its colors to yield a distinct finish.
Ziegler rugs have thick borders in its frame with a dense artwork. The inside of the carpet's body is filled with small detailed floral, circular and curvilinear designs. The Ziegler's overall aesthetic is one of diverse finesse and sophistication.
Ziegler rugs can be found available in small area sized rugs starting from 3 x 5 feet. A small number of large sized Ziegler rugs do exist at a measurement of 15 x 20. The main reasoning for this large disparity in size is due to large Ziegler rugs being in production in the present day.