A Klardasht carpet, notice the simple figures.

These carpets are rather unusual, but very well-known from several antique paintings. The village, Klardasht, is situated in the north of Iran, south of the Caspian Sea, near the Alborz mountains.

The motifs on these carpets normally consists of a hexagon surrounded by white primitve lines and sometimes even a scarab in the middle. On the central part of the carpet, and on the border, there are decorative figures of more simple types together with flowers. The background colour is often brickred with dark blue and brown as dominating colours. The pile is made of thick, soft wool, the warp of cotton and the knots is Turkish. The carpets are very durable and very long-lasting.

The quality of these carpets vary, before 1960 they were very good. Between 1965-1980 the quality sank when western collectors forced the weavers to modify their patterns and colours. After the revolution in 1979 the quality began to be better and today the quality is the same as it used to be in the olden days, both when it comes to design and colours.

Some examples of Klardasht carpets:

Technical specifications:
Pile: wool of good quality
Warp: cotton
Knot: symmetrical
Knot density: 80 000 - 160 000 knots per square metre

Klardasht in early autumn..
...and in the winter.
An old picture from Klardasht.

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