Iranian (Persian) Rug Making Regions

Semnon, Senneh, Senneh Bijar, Shahrebabak, Sharabian

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:


The city of Semnon is located east of city of Tehran in the Semnon province.


The city of Sanandaj (formerly known as Senneh) is a center for fine weaves. They actually use the Turkish knot, although the word Senneh sometimes is used to represent the Persian knot. They use a single-weft and the wool is thin and tightly spun.


Shahrebabak is located in the Kerman province and is populated by the Afshars. The rugs typically have diamond-shape medallions in the design.


Sharabian is a city south of Heris in the Azarbaijan province. It typically has designs similar to herises, however, it uses less geometric lines. It also has a very unique weave using only one weft. There is no intertwining by alternating going over/under opposite warps each row. Therefore, if the weft goes under the right warp on the first row, it will continue as such until the last row.

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