If you're shopping for a handmade rug, you've probably heard the terms "Moroccan" and "Persian" thrown around. They both come across as exotic and luxurious, but there are some important differences between the two. A Persian rug is typically made in Iran (formerly known as Persia) while a Moroccan rug is produced in Morocco, specifically in the Atlas Mountains. Each type of rug has unique qualities in terms of design, size, shape, and materials—and these differences can ultimately affect the price of the rug. Here's what to know before buying one kind or another for your home:
Berber tribeswomen, located in the Atlas Mountains, have been hand-weaving Moroccan rugs for years and before time. These shag rugs were first presented as blankets and bed covers due to the harsh environment in the mountains, only to evolve into becoming one of the renowned bohemian rugs out there for their bright minimalist colors and imperfect motifs. Persian rugs, on the other hand, have a history dating back hundreds of years to Persia (modern-day Iran). They are distinguished by their intricate knotting patterns and vibrant, rustic colors and the naturally sourced materials used in creating such delicate pieces.
There are a million reasons to fall in love with Moroccan rugs, one of which is their unique design that you won't find anywhere else. The fact that their Berber designs and compositions are based on stories told by rural women weavers who weave the story of their life into these shag rugs is what makes them so enchanting. Moroccan area rugs are colorful, luxurious, and very much popular around interior decor trends. They make a statement in any room and any space. These area rugs vary from the most vibrant colors to the most subtle designs while combined with imperfect geometric patterns that make the rugs stand out in any decorating style.
While Moroccan rugs stand out on behalf of imperfection, Persian rugs excel in the emphasis on symmetry in their designs. They offer a more rustic, oriented design that varies depending on the region from which they come from. However, the patterns and motifs are typically distinct and symbolic of the individual culture and environment surrounding them.
Size and Shape
Moroccan rugs are considered smaller in comparison to Persian rugs. Their sizes vary significantly, but they’re usually rectangular and woven in form of a thick pile. This means that the warp and weft threads cross one another at right angles to form a grid-like structure. The result is a more densely packed rug with a smoother surface compared to other types of weaves such as silk or woolen. Moroccan rugs are also made from cotton or wool depending on the region of origin, so you can choose whether you want yours to be soft or hardy based on what type of material you prefer—although there aren’t many differences between them aside from price point!
• Moroccan rugs are made of wool, silk, and sometimes both.
• Persian rugs are made of silk and cotton only.
Moroccan rugs are relatively less expensive than Persian rugs, as they tend to be less detailed and more minimalistic. If you want a rug that looks like it will last for years but you don't want to pay a fortune, this is probably the best bet. Moroccan rugs also tend to be made with entirely eco-friendly materials such as vegetable dyes and wool which is a natural fiber that can be woven on automated looms. Because they're handmade, they reflect the handcrafted quality a rug should be.
The next time you are looking for decoration for your home, both Moroccan and Persian rugs are sturdy and comfortable to walk on, as well as beautiful in their own way. In the end, it’s about choosing the rug that speaks to you. If you’re looking for something more subdued and less colorful, a Moroccan rug may be the best option for you. But if your style leans toward bright colors, perhaps a Persian rug will work better in your home. Either way, don’t forget to think about how much space each type of rug can take up in your home while also keeping an eye on its quality—since both are handwoven by skilled artisans!