Located in north-eastern Iran, Mashad’s capital of Khorassan province is an important center of weaving carpets. It is also considered the holiest city of Iran, because it houses the shrine of Imam Reza who is very dear to Muslims around the world. The Mashad carpets have elegant medallions on floral fields, with color schemes of red or blue. Sometimes they copy classic Kashan patterns, and sometimes all-over the details of which may be introduced as Herati Khorassan.
Visibility: MASHAD rugs and carpets are mostly curvilinear with a single central medallion, corner floral designs, and very busy curvilinear floral motifs in the background.
Quality: MASHAD is known for producing some of the best wool in IRAN. MASHAD rugs and carpets are very high quality and are among the best looking carpets in IRAN and the world.
Size & Shapes: MASHAD rugs and carpets come in different sizes, but the majority of them are large (10 x 18 feet).
Color: Dark red, blue, and khaki are the main colors in MASHAD carpets.
Texture: Soft wool; thin, tight pile.
Foundation: Warp is mostly cotton; weft is either cotton or wool.
Knots: Weavers in MASHAD use Persian knots. You should check the back of the carpet because the quality of the rug depends upon the number of knots, which varies, but averages from around 120 KPSI (30 RAJ) up to 475 KPSI (60 RAJ).