The Decadence of Mehraban Rugs
Originating from the Mehraban district between the cities of Sarouk and Hamadan in northwestern Iran, Mehraban rugs are known for their superior quality wool. Finished rugs are exquisitely beautiful yet sturdy and hard wearing.
For a long time, Mehraban rugs were created solely for personal use and served several purposes. As blankets, they offered protection and warmth. When laid on the cold, bare floor, they provided warmth and cushioning for the feet. They still do the same today, but like other fine wool rugs from the region, most are exported for sale.
To make their one-of-a-kind rugs, Mehraban weavers utilize a single-wefted Hamadan weave. A weft is used between each row of knots, while Turkish asymmetrical knots are used to tie the wool. The quality of the weave is well regarded.
One-Of-A-Kind Mehraban Rug Designs
Mehraban rug designs use a combination of modern floral patterns and traditional geometric designs. While the geometric designs are simple and passed down from one generation to the next, the floral designs are more stylized and heavily influenced by Sarouk rug weaving styles.
Most Mehraban rugs are made with a distinctive peach or camel field. This characteristic helps them stand out from other rugs in the Hamada area. The peach or camel hair colors provide a beautiful backdrop of colorful designs featuring shades of blue, green, gold, red, brown, and gray.
The weavers typically use a combination of cotton and wool when making their creations. The foundation is cotton while the pile is wool. Silk is occasionally used for added texture and sheen. The overall toughness and durability of Mehraban rugs makes them an excellent choice for homes with little ones, pets, and high traffic areas.