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:


Kashan is a city north of Esfahan with a long history of rug weaving over the centuries. Kashan had a reputation of weaving very fine rugs using the Manchester wool. Many rugs use ivory, red, and blue with their ornate designs. Major weaving areas surrounding Kashan are Natanz, Josheghan, and Aran.


The Khorasan province is an important rug producing region. Its name is used interchangeably with Mashad. Older pieces are referred to as Khorasan. Rugs have been made here for more than a thousand years. Some of the weaving areas in Khorasan are Mashad, Birjand, Moud, Kashmar, Qaen, Doroksh, Mahvelat, and Tabas.


Kerman is located in southern Iran. Kerman’s reputation for rug making goes back centuries. Some of the finest rugs have been from Kerman. Unfortunately, in the recent past, some lower-quality rugs have made it to the market. Many different designs and colors (as many as 15-30 colors) are used in Kermans. They are famous for their skillful use of colors and designs.

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