Nain 6la 353 x 252
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The handmade carpets' colors look different depending on the side you view the carpet from.This is because the pile of handmade carpets, in contrast to machine made carpets, is inclined so that the carpet has protection from dirt and wear. For a detailed view please click the images below.
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Nain rugs are constructed using the Persian knot and typically have between 280000 and 1000000 knots per squaremeter. The pile is usually very high quality wool, clipped short, and silk is often used as highlighting for detail in the design.
Nain rugs are often made in the areas surrounding the town of Nain, not necessarily the town itself.
Nains utilize the Esfahan and the Shah Abbas design and make use of flowing design such as flowers and tendrils. Nain is a small town in the centre of Iran, very close to the famous city of Esfahan. Before the start of the 20th Century, it was well known for producing high quality handmade woollen cloth. Because of a decline in that business, the town commissioned weavers from Esfahan to create hand knotted rugs. This link remains obvious when looking at contemporary Nain rugs, but contemporary rugs do exhibit a style of their own, often using highlighting of blue on cream or ivory backgrounds.
Depending on the rug's quality, the warp and weft will be either silk or cotton, though cotton is most commonly employed.
Varying levels of ply are referred to as "la", with lower numbers meaning finer quality. Nowadays, Nain itself only produces very fine 4 or 6 La quality. Other 9 La and 12 La are produced mostly in the Khorasan region i.e. Kashmar, Mashhad.
The most famous and influential Nain masterweaver is Habibian, and rugs produced from his workshop are among the finest and most sought-after carpets in the world. Read more about Nain carpets and Habibian here