December 7, 2011 by
Filed under: Large Rugs 

Mashad rugs come from and bear the name of the second largest city in Iran which lies 500 miles east of Tehran near the Afghanistan and Turkmenistan borders. Mashad is a city with both religious and cultural significance. It’s a place of pilgrimage for not only muslims from around the world who come to visit Imam Reza’s shrine and resting place, but also for intellectuals and literary buffs seeking to pay homage to Ferdowsi, the great Persian poet who wrote the grand epic Book of Kings (or Shahnameh). Typically, Mashad rugs are large and made with the asymmetrical Persian knot using wool woven onto a cotton foundation. Patterns are almost always curvilinear, with the most common design being the Shah Abbasi motif containing a center medallion and four corner pendants. Traditionally these rugs contained a bluish red that was mixed using insect dyes. Another less common design is the all-over Paisleys, often called boteh, in generally more subdued hues like browns, ivories and khaki. As one the oldest centers of carpet weaving, with some rugs having been dated pre-16th century, and a trade center for rugs of neighboring countries, the art rug-making and the distinctive Mashad rug will no doubt be around for many centuries to come.
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Interior designers needing a very large custom handmade rug made in a very short time come to Asmara to have the rug hand tailored by master rug couturier Ercan Korkmaz. Learn what goes into making these works of art.


2 Comments on Mashad

  1. BigGust100 on Wed, 7th Dec 2011 12:45 pm

    omg! its my dad! he’s the expert!

  2. BigGust100 on Wed, 7th Dec 2011 1:17 pm

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