Ziegler rugs are a unique creation in the world of oriental rugs. Many collectors and home owners have come to appreciate the beautiful colors and patterns that are available in this style of rug. With their striking patterns and stunning, yet softer colors than other rugs from the region, the Ziegler rug style has attracted many admirers.
Using Vegetable Dyes for “Softer” Colors and High Quality Wool
Ziegler rugs were first commissioned in the 1880s by a German company, Zeigler & Co, looking to balance the beauty of the native Persian carpets with the Western preference for a slightly softer palate. They worked with some the best weavers from Iran and Europe and used vegetable dyes to create the desired softer color. The rugs were based on a modified Sultanabad style and quickly became popular on the Western market.
Now, the name is used to denote all rugs developed in the same style, made with 100% natural vegetable dyes and hand-knotted using fine hand-spun Ghazni or Himalayan wool. Although Ziegler rugs are typically lower in knot counts (usually averaging between 80 and 100 per square inch), they are still considered high quality because of the material they’re woven with.
The rugs have been credited with re-introducing traditional vegetable dyes into Persian rugs, and are now made all over the Middle East. Many Ziegler rugs are now made in Afghanistan.
The Ziegler Rug Spectrum
Ziegler rugs come in a few different varieties, and at eSaleRugs we categorize them as follows:
- Ariana Zieglers: These Zieglers use finest of vegetable dyes, and often display a unique rusty-muted tone regardless of their coloring.
- Classic Zieglers: These are the most popular style of Zieglers, and use traditional patterns with 100% vegetables dyes.
- Geometric Kazaks: These rugs use same natural dyes as Ziegler rugs, but are woven using geometric patterns rather than traditionals.
- Ziegler Mamluk: These are inspired by the Egyptian style and woven using extremely fine threads. Mamluk Zieglers combine highest grade of natural dyes with extra-fine weaving techniques.
- Modern Zieglers: Also colored using 100% natural vegetable dyes, these Ziegler rugs use contemporary, fresh, and simple motifs while maintaining the same color vibrancy and beauty.
- Over-Dyed Zieglers: These rugs are made by dipping finished Classic Ziegler rugs into herbal-infused bright dyes, creating a unique modern mono-tone look. This is extremely difficult to do with a rug made using natural dyes and hand-spun wool, and the color consistency is almost impossible to maintain. Oftentimes, manufacturers must go through many Classic Ziegler rugs just to produce a single “perfect” Over-Dyed Ziegler rug.
Benefits of Vegetable-Dyed Rugs
Rugs dyed with vegetable based colorings offer gentler color tones that can make it easier to match with modern and classical décors.
Another benefit to these naturally-dyed rugs is that they do not contain the harsh chemicals that are common to many other dyes. This makes them much better for the health of the carpet weavers, the carpet owners, and the environment. They’re ideal interior design additions for sensitive children or pets.
Much of selecting the perfect rug comes down to personal style. Zieglers make excellent decorations with their expert blend of Persian and Western influences, so it shouldn’t be hard to find one you love in our large naturally-dyed collection.