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.

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