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    (Wikipedia) - Nain rug A round Nain rug of average to lower precision.

    Nain rugs are constructed using the Persian knot and typically have between 300 and 700 knots per inch. The pile is usually very high quality wool, clipped short, and silk is often used as highlighting for detail in the design. Some pieces are made entirely of silk. Nain rugs are often made in the areas surrounding the town of Nain, not necessarily the town itself. Nains utilize the Shah Abbas design and make use of flowing design such as flowers and tendrils.

    Nain is a small town in the centre of Iran, very close to the famous city of Esfahan. Before the start of the 20th Century, it was well known for producing high quality handmade woollen cloth. Because of a decline in that business, the town commissioned weavers from Esfahan to create hand knotted rugs. This link remains obvious when looking at contemporary Nain rugs, but contemporary rugs do exhibit a style of their own, often using highlighting of blue on cream or ivory backgrounds. Depending on the rug''s quality, the warp and weft will be either silk or cotton, though cotton is most commonly employed.

    A typical Nain rug of average to lower precision.

    Varying levels of ply are referred to as "la", with lower numbers meaning finer quality. Nowadays, Nain itself only produces very fine 4 or 6 La quality. Other 9 La and 12 La are produced mostly in the Khorasan region i.e. Kashmar, Mashhad.

    Nain rug designers

    The most famous and influential Nain masterweaver is Habibian, and rugs produced from his workshop are among the finest and most sought-after carpets in the world. Another famous rug and carpet designers in Nain is Reza Jafari Naini. He has taught many trainers with this great and traditional art in his small workshop which is next to his home in Nain.

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