Mahal Rugs & Carpets

The Sultanabad/Arak rug weaving area produces several grades of decorative carpets and in the middle lies Mahal. Below are the Mushkabad rugs, low quality carpets rarely seen in America and primarily destined for Middle Eastern markets. Above is the Sarouk rug, with high quality wool and a very firm and compact weave. These were intended for the American consumer. Off to the side are the antique Ziegler Sultanabad rugs. In the center are the Mahal rugs. ‘Mahal’ is originally Arabic for ‘place,’ but how the rug type got that name is obscure, but maybe from the village of Mahallat where formerly these antique carpets were woven. More recently it has been weaving Sarouks, a higher margin product. Today, most Mahal weavings emanate from Dulakhor and Farahan villages. The Mahal rug is a 20th century creation and most examples date from the 1920s. Often mistaken, the Ziegler style Sultanabad rugs are not the lineal ancestors to the Mahal rugs.

The Mahal carpet, and almost all are room size carpets rather than scatters or runners, is a "bazaar" carpet, woven with the intention to be sold in the local market by the villagers. A lesser number are ordered by the Arak dealers who supply dyed yarn, foundation thread, and patterns to the artisans in a putting-out system. [...]

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No. 17104
Persia, Early 20th Century
8 ft. 9 in. x 12 ft. 5 in.
2.67 m x 3.78 m
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No. 25956
Persia, Mid-20th Century
3 ft. 7 in. x 5 ft. 2 in.
1.09 m x 1.57 m
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No. 27567
Persia, Circa 1910
13 ft. x 17 ft.
3.96 m x 5.18 m
$58,750
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No. 27066
Persia, Early 20th Century
4 ft. 6 in. x 9 ft. 8 in.
1.37 m x 2.95 m
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No. 27563
Persia, Early 20th Century
13 ft. 10 in. x 16 ft. 7 in.
4.22 m x 5.05 m
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No. 26651
Persia, Early 20th Century
14 ft. 10 in. x 19 ft. 3 in.
4.52 m x 5.87 m
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No. 28201
Persia, Early 20th Century
8 ft. 6 in. x 8 ft. 11 in.
2.59 m x 2.72 m
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No. 27920
Persia, Circa 1920
4 ft. 7 in. x 14 ft.
1.40 m x 4.27 m
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No. 25037
Persia, Circa 1930
5 ft. 1 in. x 12 ft. 10 in.
1.55 m x 3.91 m
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10 ft. 5 in. x 14 ft.
3.18 m x 4.27 m
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No. 26673
Persia, Circa 1930
14 ft. 2 in. x 21 ft. 7 in.
4.32 m x 6.58 m
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No. 24673
Persia, Circa 1920
13 ft. 5 in. x 17 ft. 6 in.
4.09 m x 5.33 m
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No. 24807
Persia, Circa 1920
13 ft. 1 in. x 21 ft. 2 in.
3.99 m x 6.45 m
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No. 25039
Persia, Circa 1920
12 ft. 4 in. x 18 ft. 4 in.
3.76 m x 5.59 m
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No. 29067
Persia, Circa 1920
9 ft. 10 in. x 16 ft. 10 in.
3.00 m x 5.13 m
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No. 27253
Persia, Circa 1900
15 ft. 10 in. x 21 ft.
4.83 m x 6.40 m
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No. 28423
Persia, Mid-20th Century
5 ft. 7 in. x 10 ft. 6 in.
1.70 m x 3.20 m
$7,375
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No. 27572
Persia, Early 20th Century
11 ft. 4 in. x 14 ft. 2 in.
3.45 m x 4.32 m
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No. 29246
Persia, 1920
5 ft. 3 in. x 9 ft. 3 in.
1.60 m x 2.82 m
$4125
$3,300
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No. 27517
Persia, Mid-20th Century
1 ft. 7 in. x 6 ft. 1 in.
0.48 m x 1.85 m
$2,750
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No. 15375
Persia, Circa 1920
10 ft. 6 in. x 13 ft. 6 in.
3.20 m x 4.11 m
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No. 24196
Persia, Circa 1920
12 ft. x 24 ft. 4 in.
3.66 m x 7.42 m
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No. 28149
Persia, Circa 1920
11 ft. 9 in. x 19 ft. 3 in.
3.58 m x 5.87 m
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No. 27027
Persia, Early 20th Century
9 ft. 8 in. x 13 ft. 8 in.
2.95 m x 4.17 m
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No. 26130
Persia, Mid-20th Century
2 ft. 10 in. x 7 ft. 9 in.
0.86 m x 2.36 m
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No. 27453
Persia, Mid-20th Century
2 ft. 8 in. x 8 ft.
0.81 m x 2.44 m
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No. 25893
Persia, Early 20th century
10 ft. 7 in. x 16 ft. 7 in.
3.23 m x 5.05 m
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No. 26769
Persia, Early 20th century
13 ft. 9 in. x 14 ft. 1 in.
4.19 m x 4.29 m
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No. 24875
Persia, Early 20th Century
11 ft. 10 in. x 18 ft. 3 in.
3.61 m x 5.56 m
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10 ft. 8 in. x 20 ft. 8 in.
3.25 m x 6.30 m
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