Malayer Rugs & Carpets

Malayer town and the surrounding weaving area of about 120 villages in northwest Persia constitutes its own district distinct from both Hamadan to the north and Sarouk/Arak to the south. Malayer is a prosperous market town and administrative center in one of the most fertile agricultural areas in northwest Iran. Carpet weaving has been carried on since at least the early 19th century; a carpet dated 1816 and inscribed to a local mosque is in the Toronto Museum. This and several other kellegi format pieces (gallery rugs) are in Indo-Isfahan palmette patterns on red grounds. The weaves are characteristic of Malayer town weaving.

Most of the 3000 carpet looms are in the villages, with only a few hundred in the town. About one-third weave carpets, the others weave scatter rugs. There are really two-halves to the district. The area north of the town, in the direction of Hamadan weaves rugs whose structure approximates its influential northern neighbor. Symmetric knots, single wefts, all cotton foundations, flat backs, medium-low knot density, low pile, flexible handle are all [...]

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