The look: Persian rugs from Zanjan usually have looks and visage of Bijar rugs. This sometimes causes confusion even among the experts. Zanjan’s rugs tend to have larger pattern than Bijars.
The general feel for quality: The quality of Zanjan rugs are generally good, but can vary. Zanjan rugs are lower quality compared to Bijar rugs, but in general they are good rugs with lower prices than a Bijar.
Watch out for: Zanjan rugs can be mistaken for Bijar pieces.
Shape and style: Zanjan rugs come in different sizes where the majority are mid size(4×6 to 8×10 feet) You can also find large rugs up to large size 10′ x 18′ sizes.
Color: Dark red ,brown and light blue mark most charactersics for Zanjan persian rugs.
Pile texture: Tight wool piles with cotton wefts.
Foundation: Warps are mostly cotton, with wefts being either cotton or wool.
Solomon’s finest sources: Zanjan means ´dear wife´ in Farsi, Iran’s official language. Zanjan produces many beautiful Persian tribal rugs, which are all handmade by nomadic Persian tribes living in the northwestern Iran. The colors of these rugs are usually very bright and lively.
Zanjan is a city in the northwestern Iran that enjoys a mild summer and cold winters. Zanjan is composed of two great valleys of “Zanjan Rood” and “Sefid Rood” between which Gharavol and Angooran mountains are located.
The foundation date of Zanjan goes back to the region of Ardeshir Babakan and it was called “Shahin” or “Shahan”. By passing of time, this name was changed to Hodood-Olalam or ‘Limits of the World’, 372 AH., it is described as a flourishing and blessed city with strong fortifications.