Tusserghan, Tuyserkan, Toyserkan, Tuiserkan, Tusser-Gan
In the town of Tusserghan south of Hamadan, you can still find beautiful and charming carpets of great quality. The patterns are stylised, often with a medallion and animals and flowers. These are carpets that offer good value for money, but like other places in the Hamadan area, you have to be careful since quality fluctuates drastically. In particular, the dye and wool quality in the newer carpets can be very disappointing. The town of Tusserghan is also known for its large production of walnuts. I visited the town and realised that there are walnut trees practically everywhere. The walnuts are also used to dye wool and can be used in connection with the washing process if you want the colours to come out with a golden glow.
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 Tusserghan carpets underneath.