The Yalameh are a group of nomad tribes living in south-central Iran, between the mountains and Bakhtiari province of Kerman. Yalameh are the descendants of the Turko-Persian northwestern Iran that were forced south in large waves in the fifteenth – seventeenth century. Some of the sub-tribes have gone even further south to reach areas near the Persian Gulf, but their Turkish descent is evident in their colorful, geometric rugs. The Yalameh rugs have very warm and magical designs, with colors as the mature terra cotta, the taupe and navy blue. Most of the carpets produced by nomads Yalameh are produced within the ancient city of Shiraz. Good Shiraz rugs are similar, but the carpets outside the city are often of better quality, the opposite of what one would expect.
History & Construction
From the great southern province of Fars, through parts of the province of Kerman, nomadic tribes have a long history of rug weaving. Afshar, Qashqa’i, Gabbeh and other tribal rugs are produced in the southern part of this vast area. The Afshar tribes are mostly in Kerman province, while the renowned Qashqai tribes are spread across both provinces and other areas of southern Iran. Some centers include ditessitura important historical city of Shiraz in Fars, the famous city of Kerman, and the city of Abadeh of Sirjan and many other groups of nomads and village.
Strong Turkish and Kurdish influences and techniques of weaving are visible, particularly in the use of turkish knot symmetrical fabric up to a density of 100 knots per sq.. inside. The foundation and strong and durable cotton, or hair more naive cases, wool or goat. The wool pile and very bright and fine and that was shorn from local herds, and colored mainly with natural dyes and root vegetables. These simple, gentle weavers are naturally fond of bright, lively colors for their primitive locations. Naive produce carpets that are unique treasures and may take many months to complete.






Visibility: Carpets made in YALAMEH usually have curvilinear patterns.

Quality: YALAMEH are among the highest quality PERSIAN rugs and carpets produced in Eastern IRAN. They are well known for their patterns and smooth structure.

Size & Shapes: YALAMEH 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: Light blue and cream predominate, with ivory as a contrasting color. Other colors such as soft green, red, and brown are found in newer works.

Texture: Soft wool; thin, tight pile.

Foundation: Warp is mostly cotton; weft is either cotton or wool.

Knots: Weavers in YALAMEH 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 842 KPSI (80 RAJ).