When people bring home beautiful works of art, they expect to find the signature of the artist somewhere on the canvas. When they bring home a hand woven Oriental rug, however, they may not realize that these lovely pieces may also contain a clue as to the creator of the rug.
Signatures on rugs can be difficult to find, especially for those who do not understand Arabic script, but taking the time to examine the edges may reveal a few surprises.
What Do These Rug Signatures Look Like?
Persian rugs signed by master weavers frequently contain simple initials or other identifiers written in Farsi in Arabic script woven into the rug. Interestingly, many of the signatures may not be of the actual weaver, but that of a financial benefactor or the person who commissioned the rug.
Some of our Master Weaver signed rugs include:
- Antique, Authentic Persian Isfahan rug, signed by Master Seyrafian
- Authentic Persian Isfahan rug, signed by Master Davari
- Authentic Person Mashad rug, signed by Master Ghadiri
- Authentic Persian Nain rug, signed by Master Habbibian
Those who do not read Arabic may confuse a signature with calligraphy known as ‘Kufic’, which is derived from Arabic script as decoration. Often, however, the Kufic will have mirror images and flow more with the decoration than a signature.
Where Do Signed Persian Rugs Originate?
Most of the rugs signed by master weavers actually originate in big cities well known for their weaving cultures. In the cities, weavers tend to have the freedom to make personal embellishments they may not have in the more culturally restrictive rural areas. There are also higher rates of literacy in city centers, making it more likely that the weaver would have the ability to add in initials, a full signature, or even a verse from a poem or the Koran.
Do Signed Persian and Oriental Rugs Have More Value?
Signed Persian and Oriental rugs do not necessarily have more value, unless the signature is of particular note, but that is quite rare. Since rug weavers tend not to be well known globally, it would be difficult to find a buyer for a particular signature. In general, however, the signature does add a bit of interesting history to the piece and something that might definitely interest future buyers if the owner ever wished to sell.