Kashan: Kashan is the first of the large oases along the Qom-Kerman road, which runs along the edge of the Great Desert. Kashan rug designs are perhaps some of the most popular of all Persian Designs. These rugs are highly characterized by both the use of color, designs and design elements. While there are many exceptions, traditionally, Kashan colors most often used are red (in the field), blue (in the border) and white. At the end of the 19th century, the weavers in Kashan began to produce high quality wool rugs and carpets. The very best carpets are known as Motashem. They often have medallion designs but allover Kashans are not uncommon.
Nain: Nain rugs and carpets are made in Nain, Iran. Among Persian rugs, Nains are perhaps the more technical weavings made today. The way in which Nain rugs are graded is on a Laa scale, which literally translates and refers to "layers" or ply of each warp the rug is woven upon. Nain rugs and carpets are perhaps some of the more recognizable weavings produced today. The coloring is very fresh and clean. Nain is one of the few cities that use white wool as a predominant color. They are often easily identified by their heavy use of navy blue (often a field color), white (often a field color), cream, and some reds. While Nain "design" rugs are made in many different colors, most of the true Nains, or ones which are not from outlying cities, are consistently of a higher quality of 225 KPSI or greater. Interestingly enough, despite the higher quality, it's very unusual for a Nain rug or carpet to feature more than 8 different colors total.
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Mashad: Mashad is a city in Northeast Iran, which produces varying qualities of Oriental and Persian Rugs from low to high investment grade. Mashad Oriental rugs often employ bolder colors, sometimes with top colors on the pastel side, although often predominantly deep and rich overall. Commercial quality Mashad rugs are often found to have medallions, less pastel colors and KPSI around 100. Higher grade Mashads may implement several types of fibers including silk, wool, kurk wool, and cotton or silk foundations. Unlike some Persian rugs, which feature flowers, or palmettes. Mashads sometimes emphasize leaf shapes as stronger design elements, often jagged and angular, yet shapely as well