Tabriz, capital of Azarbaijan, has for centuries enjoyed a great reputation as an important weaving centre in Iran. In this city, carpet weaving has had a long record.
During the period of Mongol domination (1221-1449), the city of Tabriz, together with the city of Har?t (in ancient Khorasan), was one of the outstanding trade centres where the carpet industry was in its utmost stage of evolution. For many long years, Tabriz carpets, with their interesting designs, durability, fineness, and pleasant colours have always been sought after in Iran and abroad. In the last seventy years the prevailing designs consist of vases with flowers, trees, animals, hunting-scenes, Mehrabi (prayer rugs) with candelabra, branches and leaves with scattered tiny flowers, repeated panels, overall panels, and panoramic.
The dimension of Tabriz productions vary from the smallest up to the biggest sizes.
Depending on the design and the fineness of the rug, Tabriz craftsmen can tie about eight thousand to twelve thousand knots daily and those who are skilled and professional tie up to fifteen thousand knots a day. ri Tabriz, throughout the past years, numerous workshops have been installed and have been active, among which Sadaghiani, Dilmaghani, Tabfltabai, Emand, AIa-baft, Javan and Mashayekhi can be mentioned. Due to their artistic merit, the production of rugs in these factories were and still are in great demand by local and foreign buyers. Some of these designs have been copied by others weavers in different parts of Iran such as Ghom and Kerman as well as in Pakistan and Rumania.