Our wide selection or Oriental, Persian Rugs and Many other Antique Rugs and Carpets came Shah Tahmasp (1524-1587) began establishing court factories for carpet production which initiated The Golden Age of Persian carpet weaving. This was during the Safavid dynasty. Before this time period, the primary production of rugs was a village craft, defined by use of simple rectilinear patterns. After the Afghan invasion in 1722, there was a significant decline in Persian carpet production. This continued until the late nineteenth century when European demand for Persian rugs contributed to a major revival in the art form. Antique Persian rugs can be divided into two main categories – city (formal) rugs, which were made in workshops, are known for their finely-woven and often intricate designs, and village rugs (informal), which are widely varied in their unique blends of city and nomadic motifs and techniques. For today’ s interiors, city rugs tend to work well in formal settings, such as New York offices or apartments, whereas informal nomadic rugs are often excellent choices for more casual spaces such as rooms in country houses.