South-west of Hamadan is the town of Serabend. Here they have retained their original carpet pattern for centuries. It is easy to recognise through the Serabend border (Schekiri border), which frames the Mir pattern. The carpets are dead ringers for the carpets from Saroug, in the neighbouring area of Arak, called 'Saroug Mir'. However, both the quality and price are usually lower.
Read more about the Hamandan 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
See video about Serabend rugs here: https://www.youtube.com/embed/YiYe9KNNpBg
You can find our selection of Serabend carpets below