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Ziegler (Zeigler) is the name of a design rather than an actual city or tribe. 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.

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Ziegler rugs are an epitome of modern-day classic rugs. They use latest design elements with trendy color schemes, giving the Ziegler rugs a significant place in today’s carpet market.



Ziegler rugs emerged in the United Kingdom, where a German establishment, Ziegler and Co. started to design carpets in the late nineteenth century. Iranian carpets dominated this carpet distribution market and many people became familiar with their design techniques. However these carpets had always been categorized as classic and traditional rugs; they were hardly ever seen as modern rugs that could be used to adorn contemporary western apartments. The main focus of the market for such carpets was entirely limited to mosques, museums, temples and several other religious and cultural centers.

Ziegler carpets were an evolved version of the typical Iranian rugs that were being distributed throughout the world at that time. The typical patterns prevalent in these most popular Persian carpets were taken and modified to such an extent that these rugs emerged as a whole new category of rugs, and it comes as no surprise that in today’s market, Ziegler rugs have earned their unique place.



With the onset of a new kind of carpet, Ziegler and Co. brought in expertise all the way from Iran to aid their design techniques. In order to fully cater to the western market, the company called in European designers and craftsmen as well who made sure that suitable modern elements were added to these rugs. And the result was a carpet, one of its kinds, a carpet that would be the exact solution to what a modern-day home would appear complete with. Westerners, with their ever-increasing wealth and high standards for lifestyle, began to adopt these beautifully designed carpets for their interior décor.

Production in Other Countries

In countries like Pakistan, where carpet-weaving is a cultural skill to adopt, Ziegler carpets have found their way into the hearts of the people who make them and the hearts of those who love them. Presented with hundreds of options, people chose Ziegler carpets in particular. Carpet makers in Northern Pakistan have used their own traditional techniques and designs to connect with the western world, this adaptation and local globalization is what has resulted in good-quality products that eventually end up in exports to global markets.

People are beginning to shop for carpets with a touch of novelty, both in color as well as design. Even in Pakistan, people are growing fond of western lifestyle and are trying to incorporate many elements of a western home décor.

Today, even though Ziegler carpets are being produced world-wide, the main distribution stays in the hands of Zeigler and Co. whose Oriental rug production comes right after Persians - the world’s largest carpet manufacturers.

Unique Design Pattern

One of the main design approaches that Ziegler rugs adopt, that certainly makes them stand out, is the replacement of complex, intricate and heavy patterns that are otherwise very common in Iranian rugs, with modern and more popular contemporary designs. In order to give these carpets the antique touch that they are loved for, there is a need to understand what makes the traditional-modern contrast more wholesome, and it is the process of stone-washing once the knitting is completed.


Subtle colors are the beauty of these carpets. These carpets use Beige, Brown and Maroon more commonly, since these colors provide a softer blend when used with other colours.

Ziegler is a name that comes from the design itself as opposed to traditionally carpets being named after the actual tribe or the city of their origin.  Ziegler rugs are at times known as Chobi rugs and/or as Peshawar rugs. It was a German company that commissioned the making of these rugs and introducing them across the world. The company was based in England and back in 1883 they started the carpet making venture with master designers and weavers. What made these carpets such a great hit in Europe was the fact that they had been modified to fit European tastes; the designs were made using softer palettes compared to those originally used in Iran. Vegetable dye colours and perfectly designed inlays suited both traditional and contemporary furnishings.

Contemporary combined with traditional designs.

Place: They are originally from Iran but have been modified in England, by a German company.

Colors: They come in a whole lot of colors, but the lighter palette is more popular and softer colors such as Beige, Brown and Maroon are extremely popular.

Dyes: Vegetable dyes.



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