AHAR Persian Rugs Properties:

Visibility: Carpets from AHAR have a beautiful semi-nomadic appearance. The most famous design is HERIZ, which is the main product of the region. They have one medallion in the center and a smaller medallion inside.

Quality:  The quality of AHAR carpets varies. Old ones (before 1945) are of higher quality. AHAR produces many carpets that are sold widely as TABRIZ and HERIZ. The quality of AHAR carpets is good, but not as high as TABRIZ or HERIZ. Always check the borders, as AHAR carpets usually do not have straight lines like those in a good TABRIZ or HERIZ.

Size & Shapes: AHAR carpets are sized similar to TABRIZ carpets. The majority of them are mid-size (4 x 6 to 8 x 10 feet), but you can also find large rugs up to 10 x 18 feet.

Color:  Ivory, light green and red predominate. Other colors such as soft green and blue are found in newer carpets.

Texture:  Soft wool, thicker than TABRIZ, with no tight pile.

Foundation:  Warp is mostly cotton; weft is either cotton or wool.

Knots:  Weavers in AHAR use Persian knots. You should check the back of the carpet because the quality of the carpet depends upon the number of knots, which varies, but averages from around 120 KPSI (30 RAJ) up to 475 KPSI (60 RAJ).

Price: AHAR carpets are nice and reasonably priced. They are in the mid-range category so, if you are looking for a good looking carpet and you do not want to pay a high price, an AHAR carpet is the answer. Expect to pay $4-$45 Per Square Foot (PSF) for a carpet from AHAR.
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Where is AHAR?

Northwestern IRAN - AHAR

AHAR (Arasbaran), The Mountain-ous district of AHAR is one of the oldest states of Azerbaijan. For 20 years during the third century AH (ninth century CE), AHAR was the battlefield between Babak Khorramdeen and his followers on the one side, and the Arab soldiers on the other.

The town of AHAR was also the headquarters of the chief commander, Abbas Mirza, during the battle between IRAN and RUSSIA during the late Qajar period. The most interesting remaining historical places of this district are: The Historical Castles named Qahgah, Jousheen, Pashtow and Norooz, which belong to the early Islamic period.
The Stony Epigraph Soqndel, which is located north of Warzeqan, and belongs to pre-Christian history.
The Old Bazaar
The Jami
The Mosque of AHAR from the Saljuk period.
The Holly Tomb of Shaykh Shehaboldeen AHARI which is the grave of the famous Azerbaijan Aref. It is decorated in a very interesting and beautiful way and it belongs to the seventh century AH (eleventh century CE).
Payaghan Beautiful Valley and Paygham Historic Castle.
Saigram Daq Protected Natural Area, which is registered with UNESCO as a Biosphere Derey Store.

AHAR Iran Masque
AHAR Iran Masque