How to identify a fake from a real Persian rug!

It is very easy for people to get scammed nowadays, so be aware of whom you are buying from. If you don’t know them or they have trouble in telling you exactly where when and how something is made, it’s probably best not to buy from them. Try your hardest to buy locally and from people you know and trust, its easy to get caught up on if what your buying is nice, but just be cautious.

We at Babak’s Oriental Carpets feel sorry for whoever falls for scams, we’ve been in business for 21 years and the numerous stories we see and hear is ridiculous. We can only hope that over time people will stop buying from traveling salesmen and just buy locally or from people you know and trust. If you have any questions or concerns regarding carpets that you’ve bought from someone that you didn’t know, you can contact us at 250-480-7114 or come into our Victoria location at 919 Fort St. Again we hope that scammers get stopped immediately.

Cheap imitation Turkish carpets have cost a 91-year-old Victoria woman $15,000, and the established rug dealer who broke the bad news to her is concerned the scammer is back in town.

Cheap imitation Turkish carpets have cost a 91-year-old Victoria woman $15,000, and the established rug dealer who broke the bad news to her is concerned the…

Shiraz Culture

Shiraz is located in the Southwest of Iran on the

Shiraz is also the sixth most populous city of Iran, in 2011 is was recorded that 1,460,665 redidents lived in Shiraz. Shiraz is known mostly for being a city of poets,dens, wine, nightingales and flowers. Shiraz also has a vast array of crafts which include inlaid mosaic work of triangular design, silver-ware, carpet-weaving and rug making which are usually called gilim and jajim (Shiraz Kilim) in the villages and among local tribes. In Iran an important part of their culture is to have a garden, there are many old gardens littering Shiraz, most well known ones are the Eram garden and the Afif abad garden. Siraz is a cultural  center for Iran and is the native land and home to many famous poets, such as Hafiz Shirazi and Saadi.

Boulevard Magazine – Photoshoot

So happy to have had the opportunity to work with @liacrowe @arnoldlimvisuals and Boulevard Magazine. Very excited to see the rest of the photos that were taken!

Boulevard Magazine's photo.

Boulevard Magazine with Babak’s Oriental Carpets and 2 others.

‪#‎Boulevardphotoshoot‬. It’s easy to be inspired when surrounded by such beautiful textures, colour and intricate patterns! Photographer @arnoldlimvisuals and creative @liacrowe chatting with @babaksorientalcarpets ‪#‎yyj‬ Here’s a link to the article that we were featured in!

Ahad Azimzadeh – Tabriz

Ahad Azimzadeh

Ahad Azimzadeh – Tabriz
Ahad Azimzadeh Esphanjani was born in the city of Tabriz in 1957. He started school at the age of 7. But due to the loss of his Father and financial constraints of this family he could not continue with school. So instead of going to school he worked in the carpet weaving trade by day, and studied at night.
By the age of 14 he was buying and selling small hand made carpets from the surrounding areas. Doing this enabled him to become part owner of a carpet store in Tabriz by the age of 18. At this time he was enlisted for military service, but was given an exemption because of the love of carpets and carpet making he had developed.
At this point in his life he decided to take his carpet knowledge abroad. He travelled to Germany to gain more knowledge of the carpet industry. While there he realized that affluent people from around the world would often come to Europe seeking out highly desirable and rare carpets. Despite a language barrier he went to Geneva and collected as much information as he could before returning to Iran.
When he arrived back in Iran he decided to introduce round rugs to his production. The introduction of the round designs was warmly received and brought change to the carpet making industry in Iran. He had now had two workshops, on in Tabriz, the other being in Isfahan. Between the two workshops he had 300 labourers between the two workshops.
He once again travelled to Europe. This time he was more determined to find out what carpets were more desired, specifically in design, colours, and size. With the information he collected he returned to Iran and started to produce carpets that suited the areas he had visited. At this time he also bought a shop, as well as a warehouse in Tehran.
In 2001 he travelled to England and was awarded the International Golden Trophy for hand woven carpets. This award was for Quality and Management and Job Prestige.
Within a year he had established a permanent exhibition of precious handmade carpets in the city of Tehran. This exhibition is known has the biggest and most through collection of Iranian rugs.
He was then honoured in New York City with the Platinum Category trophy as the most successful trader in the carpet industry. He believes he was awarded this prestigious award because of his perseverance, business management, and fulfilling customer’s needs. As well as his innovations brought to the industry.
His dedication to the industry has been unparalleled, and he attributes his successes to mainly, truth and honesty. As well as having a positive impact on the industry itself, he prides his achievements on his company’s impeccable customer service.
After 20+ years in the industry his achievement and innovations have made Ahad Azimzadeh an important figure in carpet making history.
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Persian Symbols:

Below is just a sampling. To see more Persian symbols please view our Facebook album by clicking here.


A circular arrangement of motifs radiating out from the centre medallion suggesting the petals of a rose. The Rosette design is often found in Nain rugs.

Rebirth & Immortality,Purity

The lotus was of great significance to many ancient cultures, and in particular to the Eastern religions. From ancestral times, the lotus regularly appears as a symbol of purity, peace, transcendence, enlightenment, rebirth, beauty, and fertility.

The idea of enlightenment is symbolized by the life cycle of the sacred lotus plant because it begins its life humbly in the mud of ponds but soon grows and sends stems and flowers well above the surface of the water (up to 50cm), thus showing the path of spiritual unfoldment.

Signifies Women

Two diamonds attached together represent a man and woman.

This symbol’s meaning dates back to prehistory and is also believed to be the stylized representation of a pregnant woman.

Faith, Fertility, Paradise

Symbolizing flight, freedom and the associated concept of good news brought from far away.

Gateway to Paradise

Is a semicircular niche in the wall of a mosque that indicates the qibla; that is, the direction of the Kaaba in Mecca and hence the direction that Muslims should face when praying.

Dawn of a New Day, Fresh Start, Sexual Prowess

For more on the importance of the chicken in ancient culture you may look here:


Lamp design which appears on the prayer rugs symbolise the divine guidance and the light showing the true path. This also represents the God who is depicted as the light of the Heaven and earth. The lamp is suspended from the summit of the niche.


The butterfly is, for the Eastern understanding, not, as it is for the Western, a symbol of instability and fluttering mind but rather a symbol of the most faithful love, which is oblivious of itself and sacrifices itself.

Power or Victory

More information on the influence of the Lion on Persian culture can be found here:

Water Garden, Fish – Mahi

The Herati design derives its name from the town of Herat, now Afghanistan, which was part of Persia until the last Century. It is composed of a single floral head within a diamond framework flanked by four outwardly curling leaves. It is sometime referred to as the mahi or fish in the pond design.( mahi being the Persian word for fish) because many traditional sources have cited this as its symbolic origin. In Persian mythology the world was supported by four swimming fish.

Afghan Symbols:

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Beschir Flower

‘Gul’ is Farsi for flower and is normally used to describe these octagonal, all over or repeated patterns.

Cloud Ribbon

Eli Belinde





Yomud Ayca Flower

‘Gul’ is Farsi for flower and is normally used to describe these octagonal, all over or repeated patterns.

Sekiz Kelle Sagdag


This pattern is made up of repeated daisies interlinked by diamond (often curved) or circular lines.

Kepse Flower

Kufi-Braid Ribbon

Father of Nain Rugs

Habibian – Nain

Fatollah Habibian is known as the “Father of Nain Rugs.” He was born in 1903 in the city of Nain. He knotted his first carpet as a school boy. He left Nain in his teenage years to become an apprentice at a carpet making workshop. He returned to Nain and opened, along with his brother Mohammad, their own workshop in 1920.

Fatollah had always shown a natural gift of carpet making. By the time of opening the shop he had already mastered the skills to create very fine rugs. Fatollah and Mohammad began making very fine rugs, often out of pure silk. His craftsmanship and artistic vision almost singlehandedly shaped the face of Nain carpets as we know them today.

Always incorporating beautiful colours and intricate designs, a Habibian Nain is always an incredible example of exemplary carpet making. Nain carpets are known for their beautiful designs and unique colour palate. The design is, in most cases, made up of an ornate medallion, surrounded by elaborate floral designs. The colours used are almost always ivories, creams, and greys, amongst blues ranging from light (commonplace) to darker hues. The pile of the carpet is usually quite short and silk is often used to highlight the designs. Nains are decorative while still being hard wearing carpets.

Fatollah continued to make carpets well into his eighties, as well as teach the craft to others. He passed the business onto his Grandson, Mamud Reza Habibian. Master Fatollah Habibian passed away in 1995.

Habibian Nains made by the Master Fatollah Habibian have become increasing harder to find as the year go by. They still produce Nain carpets under the Habibian name, the quality is still very good, but they are produced at a much slower rate.

A Habibian carpet is an exceptional example of carpet making in the 2000 century. Their impact is one of noteworthy excellence in design, quality, and craftsmanship.

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