These are hand-woven carpets made by Turkish nomads called the Gharadjehs; they live in the mountains and valleys between Tabriz and the Caspian Sea. The tribes-people understand the importance of wool quality, long lasting durability and the soft colors of earth tone to produce these exquisite pieces of the floor. The models are mainly geometric with small medallions and key interesting small plants or animals in occasional cases. Gharadjeh carpets are very hard and the Gharadjehs often weave small rugs and runners up to 12 feet or more in length. When carpets are made larger in these regions they are usually given other names such as Heriz, or Goravan.
Visibility: KARAJA rugs have very unique design attributes that distinguish them from other Northwestern IRAN rugs and carpets. Persian KARAJA rugs haverepeating medallion designs. The only other repeating medallion design is found in carpets of the TURKAMEN tribe who are living in the North and Northeastern IRAN.
Quality: The quality of KARAJA carpets is excellent.
Size & Shapes: KARAJA carpets come in different sizes, but the majority of them are mid-size (4 x 6 to 8 x 10 feet). You can also find large rugs up to 10 x 18 feet.
Color: Dark red was the dominate color in older (around 1945) KARAJA, but newer ones tend to have ivory backgrounds and lighter colors.
Texture: Wool,cotton; tight pile.
Foundation: Warp is mostly cotton; weft is either cotton or wool.
Knots: Almost all the KARAJA rugs and carpets have Turkish Knots. The quality of the carpet depends upon the number of knots, which varies, but averages around 53 KPSI (20 RAJ).