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:


Hamadan province is one of the most prolific rug weaving centers in western Iran with many of its rugs exported in great numbers. The majority of rugs made in this region employ a single-weft (some have been woven with two). They can vary from coarse to finer woven pieces. These rugs typically have floral patterns with bright colors. The wool is from locally raised sheep which has a fine luster and wears well over the years. Many years ago, some Hamadan rugs were made from camel hair – giving it a distinctive color.

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