| Isfahan (also spelled Isphahan, Esfahan) rugs are often regarded as
some of the finer oriental rugs woven in Iran. While not all Isfahan
rugs are of exceptional quality, a fair amount of production is
specifically dedicated to yielding fine pieces. isfahan rugs are
commonly woven with wool pile (sometimes Qurk wool) on silk or cotton
foundation. It's not unusual for a fine quality Isfahan to have silk
accents throughout the pile.
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E?fahan, Iran is located near the center of the country
Perhaps the most distinguishing elements to a fine Isfahan rug include the the use of islimis, or spiraling vines incorporated into either the border, field or sometimes both. Another common feature to a fine quality Isfahan is the incorporation of the Iranian flag into the first guard border on the top of the rug. There are several workshops which weave signatures into Isfahan rugs,
and most often, you will find the Iranian Flag woven on either side of
this signature panel.
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While Isfahan rugs vary in regards to the colors used, they often
feature bold colors, or somewhat contrasting coloring. Isfahans from
the 1920's often featured bold red, blue and ivory, while in the 1960's
colors even migrated to the use of mint green in the fields. Isfahans
are generally dense rugs with a higher knot count and firm handle yet
still somewhat malleable.