Nain Rugs

Red Nain 12La (left) compared to a Nain 6La (right)

Type Persian Rugs
Location West of Iran (former Persia)
Typical Knot Density 220.000 - 1.000.000 knots / sqm
Characteristics Medallion in the centre, flower motifs, very high knotting density

Hardly any other hand-knotted rug is as appreciated as the Nain. Nain carpets belong to the finest handicrafts of Iran. The city lies on the border of one of Iran's largest deserts, the Dasht-e-Kavir. Hardly anyone has not seen a Nain carpet at least on pictures.

Carpets from Nain have their own categorization, which divides them into classes. Depending on the knotting density, a distinction is made between 4La, 6La, 9La and 12La. The following applies: the smaller the number, the higher the quality and more elaborate the carpet. A 4La has knotting densities of over one million knots per square metre and is therefore very interesting for collectors. This class belongs with the Isfahan rugs to the finest Persian rugs at all. Such masterpieces are made over a period of one year by the most experienced weavers in the country. The density of the related knotting on the carpet fringes is controllable. If a fringe consists of about two threads, it is a 4La. Consists of but she's made of three, you've got a 6La in front of you.

The excellent quality and the fine knotting make Nain rugs a highly sought-after piece of craftsmanship by rug connoisseurs. Traditional Nain patterns have a central medallion surrounded by floral patterns. Not to be denied is the resemblance to rugs from the nearby town of Isfahan. Typically Nain carpets are dyed red, blue or beige on the surface. Particularly fine Nain rugs are made entirely of silk. These silk carpets naturally have higher prices than those made of wool, for example. If you are looking for special luxury, you will find what you are looking for in Nain rugs.

Further Examples

These rugs have been provided from an assortment of over 2.100 different Nain rugs by Nain Trading from Hamburg. Nain Trading is offering one of the largest assortments of handmade oriental carpets worldwide.

Impressions from Nain

Hosseiniyeh in the desert city of Nain Panorama of the desert city Nain
The desert city of Nain in Iran Hosseiniyeh in the desert city of Nain

Location - where is Nain (Naein) located?

The city of origin of these famous carpets is in central Iran, not far from Isfahan.

Categories of Persian Rugs

Robust Persian rugs, characterised by their hexagonal centre medallion.
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Robust Persian rugs that are ideal for everyday use and affordable at the same time.
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Knotted by former nomads with straight-line patterns, today very popular again.
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Garden motifs from Persian gardens, for which these rugs are known and appreciated.
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Rugs knotted in Kurdish style and known for their firm pile.
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Simple and elegant – probably the most famous nomad rugs from Iran.
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Typically knotted in reddish brown colours and on horizontal looms.
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Rugs that stand for luxury and are especially known for their natural silk.
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Different colours and patterns come from the Hamadan region.
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Large elaborate central medallions can be found on these rugs.
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Some of the finest rugs come from Isfahan. Also collectors find a highly valuable piece here.
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Floral patterns from one of the once most highly regarded rug regions.
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Rugs with an excellent reputation and a far-reaching tradition.
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Robust and strong, these carpets were knotted by Kurds in Iran.
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Different designs, which originate from the probably holiest place of Iran.
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Popular for the garden motifs or the well-known Herati pattern.
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Typically, these rugs are kept in red and blue.
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They belong to the finest rugs and are known for their striking design.
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Rugs with mostly geometric patterns from the provincial capital of Kurdistan.
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Typical nomadic carpets from the old Shiraz among the ancient ruins of Persepolis.
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Well-known rugs with central medallion in different levels of quality.
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