Works of Art by Iranian Weavers

Rugs woven in Iran (Persian*) are one of a kind, however similar designs can be found in the market today.

Enjoy the splendor of this artform as it has been perfected over the years by Iranian (Persian*) weavers.
There are many styles to choose from with different designs and colors. See what appeals to you!  Find a reputable dealer in your area and find a rug to fall in love with. Once you find a rug that you like, it is much easier to decorate around it. You will find that rugs can be very versatile.

(Names of weaving regions in Iran sorted alphabetically)

Afshar , Ahar , Anjelas , Aran , Ardabil , Ardekan , Assadabad , Bakhshayesh

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Bakhtiar

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Baluch (Persian) , Bijar , Borcheloo (Bozcheloo) , Boroujerd , Chaleshtor , Esfahan , Farahan , Feridan

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Gabbeh , Golpaigon , Goravan

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Hamadan

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Heris, Heris-Serapi

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Hoseynabad , Josheghan , Jozan , Kabudarahang

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Kashan , Kashmar , Kerman

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Kermanshah , KhalKhal , Khoy , Kolyaei , Kurdish , Lilian , Lori

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Mahal , Mahvelat , Malayer

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Mashad , Mayghon , Maymeh , Mazlaqon , Mehraban , Mehraban (Mehravan)

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Meshkabad , Meshkin , Mir (Saruq), Mishen (Malayer) , Mobarakeh , Mohajeron (Saruq), Moosaabad , Moud (Birjand), Mousel , Nahavand , Nain -Todeshk, Najafabad

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Nanaj , Natanz , Qarajeh , Qazvin , Qiasabad , Qoltoq

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Quashghai , Quashghai (Kashkooli), Quchan , Qum , Rudbar , Sabsevar , Sarab , Saraband

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Saruq, Saveh

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Semnon , Senneh , Senneh Bijar , Shahrebabak , Sharabian

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Shiraz , Sirjon , Tabas

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Tabriz

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Tafresh , Tayemeh , Toyserkan , Varamin , Viss (Vist) , Yazd

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Zanjon

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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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*Historically, Persia was the common name used by western countries for Iran (pronounced e-ron) until 1935 when the country was officially named Iran. The words Iranian and/or Persian represent the same proud nation and people.
**Weave refers to the unique pattern of knot formations on the back of rugs.
***bofandeh means “weaver” in Farsi (Persian) which is the language of Iran.