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Pakistan Rugs: Exquisite Heirloom Pieces with Intricate Designs

Carpet weaving and rug-making in Pakistan was heavily influenced by Islamic culture. They were commonly used to cover the floors of mosques and houses. They also served as wall decorations. After the establishment of Pakistan in 1947, the Muslim rug artisans and other craftsmen decided to migrate to the area and settle down in Lahore and Karachi. These two cities soon became the centers of carpet weaving in Pakistan.

In the late 1970s, rugmakers created the Pakistani 16/18, more popularly called the Pakistani Persian rug. The rug was a by-product of the U.S. market ceasing to buy Persian rugs after cutting off trade relations with Iran. This shortage in Persian rugs made the finely-knotted Pakistani Persian rug more appealing to consumers. On top of that, the 16/18 had a high knot density—a total of 288 knots per square inch—giving it rug smooth and fine details perfect for home decor.

Today, the majority of Pakistani carpets and rugs in Lahore, Karachi, and Rawalpindi are either Mori or Persian carpets. Mori carpets are known for their Turkmenistan and Bochara-like patterns. Meanwhile, Ziegler carpets—another type of Pakistani-manufactured carpet—borrow patterns and styles from the older traditions of the Arak district in Persia.

Shop for the Best Artisan Rugs at Cyrus

Cyrus Artisan Rugs has a collection of authentic Pakistan rugs of different sizes, styles, and patterns. Our inventory includes area rugs feature traditional designs and are made from high-quality materials like wool. Browse our online catalog now and find the best Pakistan antique rugs for your home.