Nain is the name of a city in Iran, and the Nain
Persian carpet takes on the same name.  Their
design is of curvilinear vines with forked leaves
and mainly floral patterns with a central medallian.
They are precise, delicate and as they are very
beautiful they are a favourite among  collectors.
Excellent grades of wool and silk are used on
foundations of fine cotton. Nains all have the
distinct beautiful trademark of having the family
name interwoven at the top of the carpet. Habibian
is the most reputable family in Nain.
Colours of Nains are mostly Beige and cream with
blues. Nowadays it is possible to find carpets in
reds and green.
Nains are available in three levels - based on the
number of knots per square inch.
Isfahan (Esfahan) is a city found in central Iran.
This city has a rich history. Its reputation for rug
making dates back to the 16th century. Isfahan
rugs are known for their very high quality and fine
design. They are woven in wool or silk on a
cotton or silk base. Historically known for their
bold colours of blue and red, Isfahan rugs now
use more subtle colours which makes them very
popular worldwide.
Common patterns are mostly symmetrical with a
single medallian surrounded by curvilinear vines,
palmettos and floral motifs. Other designs are of
the tree of life and are of Shah Abbas field.
Isfahan Carpets
Tabriz is a city in Northern Iran and has been the
most prolific in the carpet making industry for
hundreds of years. Renowned for their exceptional
quality, Tabriz rugs have a wool and/or silk pile on a
cotton or silk foundation and normally have a high
knot per square inch count.

Tabriz are typically known for having three designs:
floral; geometric and fish design.  A medallian is
usually present, but not always.
Sheba Iranian Carpets
& Antiques
Below is an introduction to Persian carpets and a brief description of each type of rug. The value of a rug
depends on different things ie., if it is Silk or Wool and how many knots per square inch, the type of rug or
where it was made.
Sheba Iranian Carpets are renowned for their fine quality carpets. We offer a
certificate of authenticity with each of our Persian carpets.

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Qum carpets
The Holy city of Qum is found in northwest central
Iran. Production of rugs did not begin here until the
1930s. Qum does not have any traditional designs of
its own. Most Qum carpets have curvilinear vines and
floral designs.  The design by the weaver
incorporates designs from other Iranian carpets.
Designs in Qum are based on vase, garden, hunting,
floral, dome, tree-of-life, medallian or pictorial images.
They are renowned for their high quality and are
usually 100%silk - basically silk on silk.  Colours are
varied and it is possible nowadays to find almost any
colour you are looking for.
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