ESFAHAN (ISFAHAN) Persian Rugs Properties:

Visibility: ISFAHAN rugs and carpets are very symmetrical and balanced and usually have a single medallion surrounded with whorls (vines) and palmettos.

Quality:  ISFAHAN rugs and carpets are usually of excellent quality. The most famous master weaver in ISFAHAN is Seirafian. There are many FAKE SEIRAFIAN signed rugs and carpets. Be careful!

Size & Shapes: ISFAHAN carpets have different sizes, but the majority of them are mid-size (4 x 6 to 8 x 10 feet). You can also find large rugs up to 10 x 18 feet.

Color: ISFAHAN rugs and carpets usually have ivory backgrounds with blue, rose, and indigo motifs.

Texture: Soft wool; very tight pile.

Foundation:  Warp is mostly silk; weft is either cotton, wool, or silk. The majority of master workshop Isfahan rugs have silk warp. You can find cotton warp in older ISFAHAN rugs.

Knots: Weavers in ISFAHAN 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 842 KPSI (80 RAJ).

Price: ISFAHAN rugs and carpets are among the finest quality carpets, so expect to pay $7-$35 Per Square Foot (PSF) for a carpet from ISFAHAN. Keep in mind that, as a rule, the higher the KPSI, the greater is the price.

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ISFAHAN township is located 424 km south of TEHRAN. It is the capital city of the province and is situated between two mountain ranges. In the west, a mountainous area runs to Chahar-Mahal Province and in the east lie the Ghahrood and Karkas mountains.

The plains area is formed by alluvia of mountainous streams and the Zayandeh-Rood river.

ISFAHAN enjoys a mild, temperate climate with distinct seasons. Flowing through ISFAHAN city is the Zayandeh Rood.

During the Arsacid (Parthian) Dynasty, Isfahan was the capital city of a wide province that was administered by Arsacid governors. During the Sassanid Dynasty, Isfahan was the residence of and governed by "Espoohrans" or the members of seven noble Iranian families who had major and important royal positions.

Moreover, in this period, Isfahan was a military center with strong fortifications. This city was occupied by Arabs after the final defeat of the Iranians. After the Islamic period, Isfahan, like other cities of IRAN, was under the domination of Arabs till the early 4th century AH (10th century CE), and received little attention, with the exception of the interest of Caliph Mansour.

In the reign of Malekshah Saljooghi, Isfahan was again selected as capital and entered another golden age. In this period, Isfahan was one of the most thriving and important cities of the world. It was conquered by Mongols in 639 AH (1241 CE), and they massacred the people. After the invasions of the Mongols under Taymour the Lame, ISFAHAN flourished again as the result of its suitable geographic situation, especially in the Safavid Dynasty.

After the selection of ISFAHAN as the capital by Shah Abbas in the year 1000 AH (1591CE), the city reached its pinnacle. The decline of the SAFAVID dynasty under Mahmood Afghan and the conquest of ISFAHAN after a 6 month siege caused a period of degeneration.

In the Afsharieh and Zandieh Dynasties, it flourished again, but during QAJAR(Ghajar)'s reign, due to his choosing TEHRAN as the capital, ISFAHAN began to decline once more. Because of its history and geography, ISFAHAN was paid attention during the PAHLAVI Dynasty and some endeavors were made to repair and restore historical monuments. Moreover, ISFAHAN township and the province redeveloped and industrialized rapidly. During the last two decades, the urban development of ISFAHAN increased greatly and many historical monuments were restored. Today, ISFAHAN is one of the important tourism centers of IRAN and the world. The most notable sights of Isfahan are as follows:

1-Aligapo Palace
2-Bazaar of Isfahan
3-Chehel Sotoon Palace
4-Si-o-Se Pol Bridge
6-Vanak Church


ISFAHAN Ali Qapu (Ali Gapo

ISFAHAN Pole Khajoo

ISFAHAN Pole-Khajoo

ISFAHAN Pole Khajoo

ISFAHAN Naghsh-e-Jahan-Square