Located in northwestern Iran, Heriz is home to about 900 looms, with many more in the small surrounding villages. This ancient region of Iran is very renowned for rug weaving. Here, in these rugged and mountainous conditions, much like many other parts of Iran, almost all the men and women have the talent and skill to weave high quality carpets by hand, with no use of modern technology. They trade the rugs in nearby cities with local merchants for staples and necessities. The weaving style in Heriz originates partly from Mongols who invaded Iran in the 13th century, and settled the northwest.
Heriz Construction: Weavers of these regions usually use their own symmetrical Turkish double knotting style, which tends to be dense and tightly packed down. The pile of these rugs is thick lustrous wool, handslpun from local sheep. Cotton is the material of choice for the foundation because it is very strong. In a few regions such as Ardabil, silk is blended in the wool pile to produce a gorgeous rug. Natural vegetable and root dyes are mainly used for the coloring of the rugs. These rugs are generally very sturdy and hardwearing and they still use the brillian weaving techniques used thousands of years ago.
- 6'6" x 10'
- 8'6" x 11'
- 10' x 13'
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