Oriental Rugs Dictionary

Meshed (Mashad)

Meshed, famous for the holy shrine of the eighth Imam Reza, is the capital of Khorasan, a province situated on the northeastern part of Iran (Persia). During the 16th and 17th Centuries Khorasan was one of the leading centers of weaving in Persia, with carpets produced in workshops and villages throughout the province. After a period of decline, at the beginning of this century dealers from Tabriz established a number of factories in the city and brought in weavers to work there. Since the local dealers used the Persian knot and the new weavers introduced the region the Turkish knot, you can find both techniques in Meshed carpets. As an unusual practice few rugs were woven and the city became known for its large and oversized carpets. Well-proportioned central medallion designs were very popular, and were valued for their elegant curves and intricate arabesques.

Emogli became the city