Tabas Persian Rugs Properties:

Visibility: TABAS rugs and carpets are characterized by curvilinear patterns similar to NAIN, though they are not as finely woven.

Quality:  Tabas rugs and carpets are of good quality.

Size & Shapes: Tabas rugs and carpets come in different sizes, but the majority of them are mid-size (4 x 6 to 8 x 10 feet.

Color: Ivory and light blue are dominant colors in TABAS rugs and carpets. There are some newer TABAS rugs and carpets with either red or dark blue backgrounds.

Texture: Soft wool; thin, loose pile.

Foundation:  Warps is mostly cotton; wefts is either cotton or wool.

Knots:  Inspection of the back of the carpet is important because the weavers in TABAS use Persian knots. The quality of the carpet depends on the number of knots, which varies, but usually averages from around 120 KPSI(30 RAJ) up to 475 KPSI(60 RAJ).

Price:  Tabas rugs are hard to find. The majority of them end up in galleries all around the world. Expect to pay $5-$15 Per Square Foot (PSF) for a carpet from Tabas.


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Where is Tabas?

Eastern IRAN - Tabas

TABAS (TABBAS, TABASS) is located about six hundred kilometers south of MASHAD, right beside the desert of KAVIR-e-NAMAK [desert of salt]. The city of KASHMAR is to the north and the cities of BIRJAND and FERDOWS to the east.

The beginning of carpet weaving in TABAS can generally be divided into three stages: Carpet weaving in the modern style using current designs goes back to the 1920s. About this time, Mr. Najd Sheibani, who is considered by many to be the first and the oldest producer of TABAS carpets, initiated the modern style of weaving in the area. All the carpets produced from this time up to 1943 are famous as TABAS 'under-foot' carpets that mostly took advantage of simple, primitive medallion designs.

Mr. Najd Sheibani trained students, all of whom were engaged in the production of famous 'marked' carpets. These students are now widely recognized as the masters of the craft at the time. Such greats as Hajj Mahdi Attari, Mohammad Nakha'i and Ghasemnia were among his students.

Due to the unfavorable economic conditions during the last years of WWII that hindered rug production, these masters entered into a fruitful collaboration with rug masters and merchants newly arrived in TABAS from other towns and cities.

Mr. Mesbah-Yazdi from the city of YAZD was one of the first of these 'immigrant' masters in TABAS. The second phase of rug weaving in TABAS starts at this time.

Hajj Mahdi Attari started his job as a carpet master in Mesbah-Yazdi's rug weaving workshops. Other producers in TABAS followed suit. Collaboration with rug merchants and investors continued in this way up to the time of the Great Earthquake of TABAS in 1978. These merchants were among the best-known producers in TABAS because of their sustained efforts.

The third phase of rug weaving in TABAS was the most brilliant. The starting place was a village called HALNAAN, located some ninety kilometers to the northwest of TABAS. In 1971, this village, whose name is quite familiar to all Kilim-lovers, was host to a man from Khur-and-Bibanak in the province of ISFAHAN, a man who managed to affect a great change in the rug weaving of the whole TABAS area: Ali Moghimi.

The unfavorable economic conditions of the country in that year, on the one hand, and the thriving market for Nain carpets in the international markets, on the other, prompted the villagers in Halnaan to invite this skillful and experienced weaver of NAIN rugs from Khur-and-Bibanak to their village.

Important natural, historical and religious monuments of TABAS are:

Golshan great minaret
TABAS citadel
Sepahsalar grave
Jameh Mosque
TABAS and Hossein Imamzadehs
Mausoleum of Sheik Abounasr Iravehi.

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