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Hamadan Carpets: Coarse but Quality

Antique Persian Hamadan rug BB5912Hamadan is a large ancient city in Iran, located about 225 miles southwest of Tehran. Its history can be traced back to the times of the biblical Esther and Mordechai. Modern day Hamadan is now an important rug-weaving center in Iran, surrounded by hundreds of rug-producing towns and villages.

There are over a thousand villages in this area making rugs. Because of the prominence of the rug industry, the city’s name became synonymous with the carpets they were producing. Since many of these villages were magnets for refugees from other countries, this place is now populated by different ethnicities and people of many religious backgrounds. This diversity in cultures served as a catalyst for creation of wide-ranging tapestries. Thus Hamadan rugs portray divergent designs, all of them excellent in quality and value.

Thick wool and coarse weaving were common characteristics of ancient Hamadan rugs. The texture of these rugs is rough but of excellent quality. As far as colors are concerned, these rugs mostly come in deep colors such as deep red and blue. But there are also Hamadan rugs that are off-white and others with soft neutral hues. All of these colors are produced from natural plant dyes.

When it comes to design, most of Hamadan rugs sport geometric, angular patterns. But there are also some carpets that feature curvilinear and arabesques designs. The influence of various cultures is also evident in the types of knots used such as the Turkish knot. You can find Hamadan rugs of various sizes and colors in our collection. Come and explore!