Some Iranian or Persian contemporary area rug are being produced using ancient weaving techniques, patterns and colors of natural origin, but new patterns emerge continually. These rugs can take years to produce, depending on the level of craftsmanship, and usually are constructed of wool and cotton. Iranian contemporary in the 21st century houses usually have these mats, and are very popular in Europe and the United States.
Before buying a Persian contemporary area rug, however, the World Floor Covering Association recommends consulting an expert; these fine carpets are classified as works of art. As with any valuable work of art, authenticity affects great value. Many Persian-style carpets are produced outside Iran, for example, but are not considered authentic Persian.
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Flokati rugs are another contemporary area rug with ancient roots. Originally created 1,500 years ago in Greece, they are made entirely of hand-woven wool. They fit right into a house of the 21 century, however, with its white, soft and spongy texture. Flokatis indicate quality wool with a weight of 2,000, 3,000 or 4,000 g per square meter; the higher the weight, the fluffier and thicker carpet.