Ziegler rugs (Zeigler rugs) Origin & Description Guide
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Ziegler (Zeigler) is the name of a design rather than an actual city or tribe. Ziegler design rugs are sometimes known as Chobi rugs or Peshawar rugs. A German company based in Manchester (England), Ziegler and Co. commissioned the development of the original Ziegler rugs back in 1883. Using leading designers and master weavers from Iran and Europe, Ziegler and Co. managed to create a design using softer palettes than those typically found in Iran. Ziegler rugs were designed with the western market in mind and fit perfectly into almost any home. Based on a softer version of the Sultanabad design their muted colours using vegetable dyes and simple, yet striking pattern fit well with modern neutral colour schemes and both contemporary or traditional furniture.
The weaving of Zeigler rugs began in the Arak provence, however, they are now made all over the Persian region. Most new Ziegler designs are crafted in Afghanistan and labelled Chobi (which translates in Farsi to wood, a reference to their natural colour created by the vegetable dye). Much like cola being called coke regardless of the brand Ziegler rugs are known as Ziegler even though they are not made by Ziegler & Co.
Similar to Khal Mohammadi rugs, Zeiglers have re-introduced vegetable dyes back into Persian & Oriental weaving after the popular use of chemical dyes since the start of the 20th century. Although their knot count is not generally high (around 80-120 KPSI), the hand-spun Ghazni or Himalayan wool used is of high quality and the structure very durable. Ziegler rugs are possibly the most popular and sought after handmade rugs in the UK due to their gentle tones and softer patterns - there aren't many rooms that wouldn't be improved by a Ziegler rug.
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