Ahar is a small village in Iran northwestern region near Tabriz and Gharabagh. The Ahar rugs are mainly smaller pieces and runners. The colors used are earth tones, including rust and warm reds, usually in fields of beige. The models are generally diamond-shaped medallions repeated in an open field, enclosed within multiple borders.
Visibility: Carpets from AHAR have a beautiful semi-nomadic appearance. The most famous design is HERIZ, which is the main product of the region. They have one medallion in the center and a smaller medallion inside.
Quality: The quality of AHAR carpets varies. Old ones (before 1945) are of higher quality. AHAR produces many carpets that are sold widely as TABRIZ and HERIZ. The quality of AHAR carpets is good, but not as high as TABRIZ or HERIZ. Always check the borders, as AHAR carpets usually do not have straight lines like those in a good TABRIZ or HERIZ.
Size & Shapes: AHAR carpets are sized similar to TABRIZ carpets. The majority of them are mid-size (4 x 6 to 8 x 10 feet), but you can also find large rugs up to 10 x 18 feet.
Color: Ivory, light green and red predominate. Other colors such as soft green and blue are found in newer carpets.
Texture: Soft wool, thicker than TABRIZ, with no tight pile.
Foundation: Warp is mostly cotton; weft is either cotton or wool.
Knots: Weavers in AHAR use Persian knots. You should check the back of the carpet because the quality of the carpet depends upon the number of knots, which varies, but averages from around 120 KPSI (30 RAJ) up to 475 KPSI (60 RAJ).