Nahavand carpets are woven in the tribal village of Nahavand, north of the northwestern city of Hamedan in Iran. Most Nahavands rugs are about 5 feet by 8 feet, because the semi nomadic weavers using the simple horizontal floor-frames. They feature floral spray and geometric patterns, often in bright orange with royal blue details, rust or red salmon. The fame of Nahavand rugs are due to the brilliant quality wool used for weaving. The rugs often shine under a soft light.

History & Construction
Hamedan historical and ancient Persian city (the second oldest city of Iran), which is about 6500 feet above sea level in the rugged mountains northwest of Iran. The city itself, with many villages and districts surrounding it, produces a good part of the tribal rugs of Iran. Some areas around Hamedan include Chen, Derjazin, Hussainabad, Nahavand and Kurdish districts Khamseh and many others between Hamedan and Arak. All rugs produced in the areas around Hamedan are introduced within the city. Found just east of Kurdistan, obvious traces of Kurdish and some Turkish influence can be seen on its peaceful people who managed, despite centuries of outside interference, to keep their special talents alive. All rugs have a wool pile colored with natural vegetable dyes. And very rarely silk seen in this region. The foundation of the deck, usually cotton and in some cases wool or goat hair. The models are usually simple geometric arrangements with vibrant primary colors. Animals or parts of the garden are sometimes small and often seen drawing famous Herati.






Visibility: NAHAVAND rugs and carpets have nomadic and geometric patterns that usually consist of a single medallion set in a background full of small motifs surrounding the medallion.

Quality: The quality of NAHAVAND rugs is high. Because of the type of wool the weavers use, NAHAVAND rugs and carpets are extremely durable and shiny.

Size & Shapes: NAHAVAND rugs and carpets are usually small (2 x 3 to 4 x 6 feet) due to the use of horizontal looms. It is very difficult for weavers to make a large size carpet on horizontal looms.

Color: Another important characteristic of NAHAVAND rug is their coloration. Rusty red and khaki on a dark blue background is the main color structure of the region. There are other rugs from NAHAVAND that do not follow this coloration, but all NAHAVAND rugs have a very shiny appearance.

Texture: Very soft, shiny wool; thin, thick pile.

Foundation: Warps is mostly cotton; wefts is either cotton or wool.

Knots: Inspection of the back of the carpet is important because the weavers in NAHAVAND use flat-woven knots.