One tends to think of the oriental rug as a “Persian Rug”, but what does that mean in reference to the land of Iran or Persia? It is an ancient nation of towns and tribes, villages and cities. And rugs can be woven anywhere and most likely have been for centuries, if not millennia. There are two more or less distinct type of Persian rugs, town and country, urban and rustic. The city rugs are woven in a chain of towns reaching diagonally across Persia from Tabriz in the very northwest to Kerman in the far southeast. Tribal, nomadic and village rugs are produced around the periphery of the country.