Persian Mashad Rugs

10 Unique Rugs
From € 1,085 to € 2,462
Collection of Authentic
Persian Kashan Rugs
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From € 1,085 to € 2,462
10 Unique Rugs

Mashad RUGS

HandKnotted Premium Quality Persian Rugs Originated from Mashhad, Iran​
HandKnotted Premium Quality Persian Rugs Originated from Mashhad, Iran​
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If you’re seeking an eye-catching red carpet that exudes timeless elegance, look no further than our exquisite collection of premium hand-knotted Mashad rugs.

Take a moment to admire this Animal Medallion rug crafted back in 1960. Imagine the artistic process of envisioning, designing, mapping, and skillfully weaving it into existence and a true masterpiece brought to life by the hands of talented artists.

Persian Mashad Rug ~1960
Animal Medallion Design

Each piece is a masterpiece of art and craftsmanship, meticulously woven by skilled carpet weavers. Indulge in the mesmerizing allure of our Persian Mashad hand-knotted rugs, where the captivating blend of pink and blue hues within intricate red patterns creates a depth so enchanting you’ll find yourself lost in its captivating beauty, unable to look away.

Elevate your space with a masterpiece that beckons your gaze, evoking a sense of wonder and admiration with every glance to adorn your space with unrivaled beauty and sophistication.

Introducing our exclusive collection of hand-knotted Mashad Persian rugs, where luxury meets timeless elegance, and each piece embodies a rich cultural heritage. These Mashad rugs, crafted from the finest materials, showcase a unique color palette dominated by mesmerizing shades of red, creating a stunning focal point for any room.

Not only are these one-of-a-kind hand-woven Mashad rugs a feast for the eyes but they are also built to last, boasting exceptional durability and longevity that will grace your space for generations to come. Whether your style is classic, contemporary, or eclectic, our versatile hand-knotted Persian Mashad rugs seamlessly blend with any decor, adding a touch of sophistication and charm to your home. Step into a world of artistry and tradition as you explore the rest – all found within our exceptional hand-knotted Mashad rug collection.

Persian Mashad Rug ~1960
Animal Medallion Design

Mashad Rugs for Sale

One of A Kind
12' 10.72" x 9' 9.72"3.93 x 2.99 m

Persian Mashad Rug ~1960, Animal Medallion Design

One of A Kind
11' 9.34" x 8' 6.76"3.59 x 2.61 m

Persian Mashad Rug ~1975, Floral Design

One of A Kind
11' 1.86" x 8' 1.64"3.4 x 2.48 m

Persian Mashad Rug ~1989, Floral Design

One of A Kind
9' 8.14" x 6' 6.35"2.95 x 1.99 m

Persian Mashad Rug ~1980, Floral Design

One of A Kind
9' 7.75" x 6' 7.92"2.94 x 2.03 m

Persian Mashad Rug ~1981, Floral Design

One of A Kind
9' 11.69" x 6' 7.92"3.04 x 2.03 m

Twin Persian Mashad Rug ~1990, Floral Design

One of A Kind
9' 9.72" x 6' 7.92"2.99 x 2.03 m

Persian Mashad Rug ~1990, Floral Design

One of A Kind
11' 8.16" x 8' 1.24"3.56 x 2.47 m

Persian Mashad Rug ~1979, Floral Design

Twin Rugs
9' 11.69" x 6' 5.56"3.04 x 1.97 m

Twin Persian Mashad Rug ~1990, Floral Design Paeer

About Mashad Rugs

The origin and inception of carpet weaving in the handwoven Mashad carpet, documented in manuscripts and historical records, date back about 500 years. During that period, the only notable carpet estimated to have existed was the “Sajjadah” carpet, which Shah Tahmasp presented to Sultan Suleiman. Until recent years, it was preserved in London, but it is currently in the possession of the renowned Qatari collector Sheikh Saud Al-Thani.

Over the past 200 years, Mashhad’s handwoven carpets have experienced remarkable growth in popularity among the people of Iran and worldwide, effectively enhancing its fame and popularity.

Notable Characteristics and Size Range of Mashad Rugs

One notable feature of authentic handwoven Mashhad rugs is their distinct weaving style that sets them apart from rugs produced in other regions of Iran. This unique technique is a fusion of Iranian and Turkish weaving methods, employing two different types of knots. The resulting carpets exhibit remarkable durability, a prominent characteristic of the Mashad hand-knotted rug industry.

Another noteworthy aspect is the intricate design of Mashad carpets, particularly the incorporation of various patterns of Shah Abbasi flowers. These designs have deep roots in authenticity and tradition. The use of high-quality raw materials, especially red dyes, contributes to the distinct allure of antique Mashhad rugs. The specific shade of red used in Mashad  hand-woven carpets distinguishes them from rugs made in other Iranian regions, creating a captivating and unparalleled color palette that genuinely captivates one’s attention.

Typically, the dimensions of authentic Mashad rugs fall within the range provided below (although larger rugs, even up to 100 square meters, exist, they are rarely produced):

  • 300cm x 200cm (9′ 10.11″ x 6′ 6.74″)
  • 350cm x 250cm (11′ 5.82″ x 8′ 2.43″)
  • 400cm x 300cm (13′ 1.48″ x 9′ 10.11″)
  • 500cm x 300cm (16′ 4.85″ x 9′ 10.11″)

Materials and Weaving Techniques, Design and Patterns

Mashhad rugs, mainly traditional handwoven ones, are undoubtedly among the regions in Iran that have consistently maintained high standards of material quality. Typically, a blend of wool and cotton is used in their weaving process, where the pile is made from natural wool, and the warp and weft consist of cotton threads.

A combination of Turkish and Persian knots is employed in the intricate weaving of Mashhad hand-woven rugs. These knots are woven onto the vertical carpet warps, creating a highly sturdy and durable structure. The number of knots per 7 centimeters along the length of a Mashad carpet usually ranges from 30 to 40 knots, varying based on the complexity and intricacy of the design and pattern.

The foundation of patterns in authentic Iranian handwoven Mashhad carpets often features large Shah Abbas motifs, sometimes combined with medallions at the center of the rug, or they can be dispersed without a central medallion. Additionally, subterranean designs, including (bowls & jars) and historical prophets, are woven in this region (located in Kashmar). Furthermore, the Gol-Franag patterns, sparingly found with plain designs patterns in Mashhad rugs, exhibit a touch of modernity in their style.

Techniques for Identifying Mashad Rugs

Genuine Iranian handwoven carpets from Mashhad exhibit a distinctive style that originates from the city’s rich tradition of carpet weaving.

  1. The weaving technique combines Turkish and Persian knots in double format.
  2. The weaving process employs unique colors, such as (red dye) derived naturally from animals and shades of green and blue. Orange tones are often used in the borders.
  3. The intricate designs prominently feature masterful renditions of elements from the grand “Gol Shah Abbas” motif, adding a captivating and enchanting allure to these carpets.
  4. Typically, the names of skillful carpet producers are delicately woven into the upper part of Mashhad rugs, serving as the artisan’s signature.
  5. The use of high-quality wool in crafting these carpets, renowned throughout Iran, is known for its exceptional softness and remarkable sheen. Its short pile length contributes to its delicacy and unique luster.

Mashhad Signature Medallion

It is fitting to acknowledge the significant contributions of renowned and historical designers from Mashhad, Iran, particularly honoring the masterful work of Abdulhamid San’atnegar. He is the designer behind many intricately woven carpet patterns found in the workshop of “Amu Oghli.” He has gained international recognition as a distinguished brand and is a source of pride for the authentic handwoven carpets of Mashhad, Iran.

Another notable workshop among skilled artisans is that of Master Khalil Khadivi, who later gained fame under the guidance of “Zarbaf.” Alongside him, apprentices like the “Shesh Kalani” pursued their craft and later began independent production.

Among the other well-known workshops in the production of handwoven carpets in Mashhad are “Makhmalbaf” and “Saber,” both of which later achieved global acclaim. Mashhadi artists who once wove their names into rugs have elevated these signature carpets to a higher value today.

Silk Highlights in Mashad Rugs

  1. The softness of the carpet surface can be attributed to silk fibers, which are renowned for their exceptional smoothness. The overall plushness of the carpet is achieved by combining silk fibers with slightly rough wool fibers.
  1. Silk fibers in handwoven carpets contribute to heightened brilliance, especially when viewed from different angles. Additionally, they offer a tactile dimension, particularly from a specific perspective.
  2. The finesse of silk fibers, created by a finer knot structure, naturally imparts exceptional quality.
  3. During winter, silk fibers create a form of thermal insulation within the carpet, enhancing the comfort and pleasant walking experience on it.

As a result, the above points constitute the main reasons for opting for natural silk fibers instead of synthetic alternatives.


FAQ About Mashad Rugs

Carpet weavers and designers of Mashad, these skilled artists, often in the past, used to weave their names onto the carpets. These signed carpets hold a greater value nowadays. One of the important characteristics of authentic handwoven carpets of Mashhad is that there is no compromise in using high-quality raw materials. The older they get, the more they shine and become more attractive. This beauty and allure of the carpet, whether from afar or up close, is present when you see it. The presence of a few renowned and traditional designers, such as Abdulhamid Sanatnegar and Ali Akbar Tarhchi, and manufacturers like Amoo-Oghli, Makhmalbaf, Saber, Qazi Khani, and others, have provided valuable services in the growth and development of authentic handwoven carpets of Mashad, Iranian treasures, and their products are internationally renowned.

The most attractive and authentic designs for handwoven Mashhad carpets include:

  1. A combination of relatively large Shah Abbas flowers alongside Kerman carpet motifs.
  2. Flowers that incorporate not only Islamic patterns but also miniature designs.
  3. A fusion of Shah Abbas flowers, birds, and animals, arranged in a way that evokes a sense of life in nature. Typically, a single medallion is placed in the center of these designs.

It’s worth mentioning that Mashhad is the capital of Khorasan Province, but there are differences between Mashhad carpets and Khorasan carpets.

In weaving the authentic handwoven Mashhad rugs of Persia, high-quality wool is utilized, renowned for its excellence across the country. The warp and weft of these carpets, onto which the design is woven, are often made of cotton, contributing significantly to its durability. The predominant color of these carpets is primarily red, although other colors such as earthy tones, deep blues, and charcoal hues have also been used as solid colors in the background of the carpets. These colors exhibit stability and exceptional quality. In particular, handwoven Mashhad rugs, up to 15 different colors, are sometimes employed in a single piece, adding to the distinctive features that define them.

The red color observed in the carpets of Mashhad, Iran, was historically extracted from the bodies of animals as a natural source. For instance, in the past, the red dye was obtained from the larvae of the red insect (Cochineal), producing a vibrant and non-toxic red hue. This dye was then utilized in dyeing raw wool for carpet weaving. Another reason for the prominence of red is that it is among the predominant colors in authentic Iranian carpets, and Mashhad’s handwoven carpets are no exception to this rule. The color red conveys a sense of energy and self-confidence.

Five Important Reasons Why Iranian Mashhad Carpets Are so Special:

  1. It boasts a history of at least 500 years.
  2. It is one of the most classic and exquisite examples of authentic Iranian and Eastern carpets.
  3. A unique shade of red is employed in the handwoven Mashhad carpets, adding to their authenticity.
  4. Antique Mashhad carpets employ a distinct weaving technique that combines Persian and Turkish knots, enhancing their durability.
  5. Mashhad’s authentic Iranian handwoven carpet effortlessly captivates all art enthusiasts with its inherent beauty.

Often, in the ancient carpets of Mashhad, a specific weaving technique is utilized, combining Turkish knots with Persian knots. This combination enhances the structural integrity of the rug, resulting in increased durability. With proper care, these carpets can remain intact for several centuries. However, in modern times, due to various weaving practices in different locations within Mashhad, the quality of new carpets varies significantly. It is crucial to conduct thorough research before purchasing to ensure you are making an informed choice.


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