Iranian (Persian) Rug Making Regions

Oriental rugs are often known by the regions they were woven in. Collectors of Persian rugs often research each region thoroughly to understand not only the rug weaving techniques but also the designs and traditions employed in each region. These traditions often date back hundreds of years and are woven into the culture of each region. This richness impresses even more beauty on the Persian rugs that are available for sale around the world. Learn below about the different regions and click on the photos above to see samples of the different patterns.

Iranian (Persian) rug making region(s) included on this page:

Bakhtiar

Bakhtiari rugs are made in different cities and villages southeast of Esfahan. Depending on the area, some have single- or double-wefts with a Turkish knot. Some have 2N and others 1N (D) weaves. Some rugs are coarse, and some are finer quality with beautiful designs and rich colors. A popular/recognizable design is the panels (called Kheshti) which have individual patterns of trees, vases, flowers, and birds.

If you are curious to learn more, my eBook The Art of Oriental Rugs – A Weaver’s Perspective shows you: 1) how to identify a weave** and how different techniques produce “recognizable” variations in different regions, 2) maps with geographical views of where rugs are woven in the country of Iran and how the regional weaves influence each other, and 3) 750+ close-up pictures of weaves from 170+ rug-weaving regions in Iran and around the globe. This, I humbly hope, will be seen as an indispensable addition to any library.

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