Turkish Vs. Persian Rug: Know The Differences

Persian and Turkish rugs are two different types of rugs with different origins, styles, designs, and colors. Even though they are very similar in many ways, some differences can help you decide which one you prefer for your home.


Turkish rugs are older than Persian rugs. The weaving of Persian carpets can be traced back much further than their Turkish counterparts. While there is evidence of carpet-making in Anatolia, Turkey's eastern neighbor, and the origin of modern-day Turkey, the tradition dates back over 7,000 years (with some dating as far back as 12,000 years). On the other hand, Persia only began its carpet-weaving practice around 1,500 years ago. You could say Turks were late to the game—and you'd be right!


Turkish rugs are more colorful and have more variety in terms of color. Turkish rug patterns often include blue, red, and yellow, which are the primary colors of Turkish rugs.

The Persian rug has a subdued palette with muted shades of blue, green, yellow, and red. The Persian rug is often used as an accent piece or background for other furniture in the room rather than as a focal point.


When it comes to design, Turkish rugs are more intricate. They often have a medallion in the center and tend to be dominated by rich colors, while Persian rugs have a more symmetrical look and tend to feature less color contrast. The overall effect is that Turkish rugs have a greater sense of movement than Persian rugs (although this is only true if you're looking at them from afar).

Turkish rug designs usually include flowers and animals, while Persian designs usually feature religious symbols such as stars or suns. When it comes to size, Turkish rugs tend to be larger than Persian rugs because the weavers used more wool yarns per square inch on average (no pun intended).

Persian rugs tend to be more detailed, which makes them more expensive since they require more time and labor to weave. Because of this detailed work, many Persians considered heirloom quality pieces that could be passed down through generations of families as treasured family heirlooms.


The knot is the foundation of your rug. It's what gives it its size, shape, and texture. Numerous types of knots can be used to make rugs, but two types, in particular, are the most popular: Turkish and Persian.

The first thing you'll notice when you look at these two kinds of rugs side by side is how dense their knots are—which means fewer holes in the weave for light to shine through! Persian rugs have more knots per square inch than Turkish ones; therefore, they're denser overall and less likely to get snagged or damaged by spills or heavy use over time.

Wool Texture

The texture of a rug is just as important as the design. If you have kids or pets, you'll want to ensure your rug stands up to them and lasts. Persian rugs are known for being made with softer wool that is easier on the feet. Turkish rugs are often coarser, which makes them more durable and stain-resistant.


We hope you now better understand the differences between the two. If you're still unsure, contact us, and we can help guide you through this process!