Karajeh 2017-04-21T17:07:05+00:00


The look: Karajeh rugs have a unique and fun design among Persian rugs, with attributes that separate them from other rugs knotted in northwestern Iran. One Karajeh attribute are the repeating medallion designs. The only other oriental rug really known for its repeating medallion in this structure is the Turkoman rug from northern and northeastern Iran. Karajeh borders are often simply drawn.

The general feel for quality: The quality of Karajeh rugs seem to be woven to represent a balance between a sophisticated, fine look and feel, with a strong and durable make.

Shape and style: Karajeh rugs have different size and majority of them are mid size(4×6 to 8×10 feet) You can also find large rugs up to large size(10 x 18 feet)

Color: Dark red is usually the dominant field color in older (circa 1940’s and earlier) Karajeh pieces. You will find newer Karajehs with more ivory backgrounds and lighter colors. Red tones tending toward orange, are common secondary color. Green is almost always present.

Pile texture: Soft, medium-thickness wool with a good, tight pile.

Foundation: Karajeh rugs usually have warps of cotton, with wefts either cotton or wool..

Solomon’s finest sources: Karajeh is a relatively small and isolated village near Tabriz, located at the northwestern extremity of the Heriz weaving area. Karajeh rugs have a different palette and structure from the main Heriz group and generally have loosely inserted single wefts, giving the carpet an almost completely smooth structure in the back. Its two-hundred year old mosque is filled with ‘Karajeh Runners’. In Karajeh rugs, the standard Heriz medallion is used, but some carpets, as well as many smaller rugs, are ornamented with medallions almost certainly taken from earlier tribal Karajeh “kennareh” (runners) that typically have woolen warps and wefts, finely knotted long pile, and very intense colors.