Tafresh is a small town, 260 km south west of the capital city of Tehran, in central Iran. It produces gorgeous handmade rugs that are known to bring a warm feeling to a floor. Although better in quality, the rugs of Tafresh closely resemble those of Hamadan. This is because Tafresh is located between Qum and Hamadan. Tafresh rugs usually have a dense thick pile, made with fine wool. Smaller pieces are much more common than larger ones. Another characteristic that these rugs have, is their unusual softness. This can probably be associated with the high quality wool used in the making. The patterns are usually floral with some animal elements, but sometimes geometric styles can be seen. The tribal rugs of Tafresh are an intelligent way to enhance the decor of a room and make the floors pleasant to walk on .
History of Tafresh Rugs
besides the legendary cities of Central Iran such as Tehran, Isfahan, Qum, Nain, Kashan, Yazd, and Kerman that weave amazing quality rugs, there are numerous smaller towns scattered throughout central Iran that weave very high quality carpets as well. Although not as fine as the eminent city rugs, these handmade rugs are still among the highest of quality in the world. Some of these small towns south of Tehran include Veramin, Tafresh, Boroujerd, Khomaine, and Taleghan. Some towns around Isfahan are Najafabad, Josheghan, and the village of Maymeh. There are also a few cities near Kashan that produce fine rugs, such as Ardekan. Kashan and Isfahan are both pioneers in the game of handmade rugs, and the two have had great influence on their surrounding cities. This is why Najafabad carries out the design of Isfahan, and Yazd and Ardekan weave the famous design of Kashan. Most of the time, the rugs woven in Kashan, Yazd, or Ardekan are indistinguishable from one another. A genuine Isfahan rug however can always be identified by an expert. Most of these towns of central Iran have existed for thousands of years and they have built up quite a rich history.
construction of Tafresh Rugs
Rugs woven in this region have amazing quality renowned and recognized all over the world. The rugs woven in major cities of central Iran cannot even be compared to the village rugs. Often, a professional weaver in one of these cities will work non-stop on a rug for many years. The famous asymmetrical Persian knot is only used in the weaving of these fine rugs. The materials can be all wool, all silk or a precise ratio of the two. The foundation (warp and weft) of the rugs is cotton except in very fine pieces where it is pure silk. Countless handmade Persian rugs made in such cities as Kashan, Yazd, or Kerman, have been known to last several hundred years. That just goes to show that it is not an exaggeration when stated that these rugs are the highest quality carpeting in the world. The rugs produced in the major cities of this region are far superior in quality and symmetry to the ones produced in the outskirts. However, the tribal rugs of this region are some of the best tribal rugs of Iran. No words can describe the beauty that these rugs bring to one's home.
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