Nanaj is located about 70 km south of Hamadan. Carpets from this region are often an ‘all over-design’, or in other words, without a medallion. You often find wide carpet runners or large carpets with red or indigo ground colours decorated with large, rustic floral motifs. The wool is usually of quite good quality and natural dyes are often used. As with most other carpets from this area, they are sturdy and wear resistant. The knot density is 11,000-18,500 per ft2.
Read more about the Hamadan area:
(Most carpets from the Hamadan-province are good carpets - usually tough and wear resistant.)
The town of Hamadan, formerly called Ekbatana, is located by the Alvand mountains at an altitude of 1900 metres. The climate is pleasant in the summer, as it is cooler here than in many other Iranian cities, but in the winter, it is relatively cold. The city is the centre of one of Iran’s largest carpet districts. The Hamadan area is a large area with many hundreds of villages, all of which are known for their own patterns and qualities. The carpets from this area have their own names, all depending on their origin, but since the city of Hamadan is the gathering point for the area, these carpets are simply called Hamadan carpets, even if they were not knotted here.
You are reading an extract from the book ‘Oriental Carpets, Knottet with Love’ by Martin Munkholm.
This extensive book about all that is carpets can be borrowed in Danish libraries or be bought following this link: http://www.belle-rugs.dk/dk/ekspertise/taeppebog/
The book is published by Muusmann Forlag.
For more info: muusmann-forlag.dk
You can find our selection of Nanaj carpets underneath.