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:
Weaving in Shiraz goes back for centuries. Rugs are mainly woven in villages surrounding Shiraz. Predominant colors are red, blue, brown, and yellow. Rugs from this area may be woven using a Turkish or Persian knot and could be either 1N (D) or 2N weave.
Sirjon is southwest of the city of Kerman. It is a market for Afshari rugs woven in that area.
Tabas is located southwest of the Mashad province.
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