Saveh carpets come from the town of Saveh in the northernmost part of the Arak province. Their structure and colour resemble many of the carpets from the Hamadan province, and many people think this is where they originate. However, Saveh is quite close to Tehran, towards the town of Arak. Saveh carpets are usually brightly coloured, often with dark red and strong blue nuances, and they have geometric patterns. The wool is often of high quality and the carpets are quire durable in relation to their knot density. The knot density is usually about 11,000-17,000 per ft2. Carpets from here are usually durable and made from high quality wool.
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The Arak area
The Arak area near the town of Arak is a rich agricultural zone where the population speaks Farsi (Persian). Arak was founded in the 19th century under the name Sultanabad. The carpet producing zones include Saroug, Ghiassabad, Djozan, Malayer, Saroug-Mir, Mahal, Wiss, Bordjalo and Lilihan. For over 200 years carpets have been knotted in the Arak areas. It was the merchants from Tabriz who, in the mid-1800s, noticed the skilled Arak knotters. Thanks to the wool, colours and harmoniously designed patterns, the carpets quickly became a popular export product to the West. The wool quality in Arak is generally quite good. They remained popular carpets, and natural dyes were predominantly used. Today, good wool and natural dyes are no longer a given, but there are still carpet makers around who struggle to honour the good old carpet traditions.
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.
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You can find our selection of Saveh carpets underneath.