Ardabil is a city near the coast of the Caspian Sea and is probably responsible for one of the oldest and most famous carpets in existence today, the masterpiece of 17′x 34′alloggiato in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The Ardabil rugs usually have the famous Mahi design (Herati), with a diamond medallion and small fish throughout. An allover pattern and sometimes seen in an Ardabil. Their silk weavers usually incorporate a lot of wool in the pile to accentuate some highlights in the model. A modern Ardabils began migrating from the traditional model of Herati to bolder geometric patterns. In addition to the usual beige, rusts and blues, many colors up-to-the-minute can be seen in most new Ardabils such as a turquoise and purple.
Visibility: Carpets from ARDABIL (ARDEBIL) have excellent visibility and are often referred to as Persian KAZAKS because of their similarity to KAZAK carpets. They have a nomadic look and are gorgeous carpets. They go well with contemporary, traditional, and modern decors and are highly sought after in western houses.
Quality: The quality of ARDABIL carpets is excellent. Due to the high demand for good KAZAK carpets, the majority of ARDABIL carpets have also kept their prices high.
Size & Shapes: ARDABIL carpets come in different sizes (similar to TABRIZ), but the majority of them are mid-size (4x6 to 8x10 feet). You can also find large rugs up to 10 x 18 feet.
Color: Dark red, pink, khaki, soft green, and ivory form the majority of colors.
Texture: Soft wool; thin, very well textured pile.
Foundation: Warp is mostly cotton; weft is either cotton or wool. Silk is also used as weft on fine ARDABIL rugs.
Knots: Weavers in ARDABIL 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 around 120
KPSI (30 RAJ) up to 412 KPSI (50 RAJ).