The History behind the Mahi Tabriz Rug
Between the long ridge of the Sahand Evnali mountains of Azerbaijan, Iran, lies the Quru Valley. Across that valley is the highly populated yet charming city of the land, Tabriz. Credited to be the city with the most renowned and unique handcrafted carpets, Tabriz has long been the major producer of the prominent Iranian rugs. Because of the excellent quality, exceptional design and versatility their use, Tabriz carpets are very popular worldwide; among them, the most sought-after are those of a very particular, distinctive design called the "Mahi" or "Mahi to Hos".
Materials and Texture
Something that sets Mahi carpets apart from the rest is its particular weaving style, wherein special ties are used that ensure the strength of the rug for long-term wear. Materials used for the pile (the density of the fibers used) are cotton, silk, wool, or a mixture of both wool and silk. An immensely high quality Mahi Tabriz includes in its foundation pure silk instead of cotton -- some even have 18 or 24 karat gold threads woven into the pile. Carpets of good quality use both wool and silk, while those of a lesser quality solely use wool. Rugs of outstanding quality can be found for sale worldwide, but the ones which use the gold threads in their making are obviously the rarest, and hence are the most expensive.
Typical of the Mahi carpet is their use of the distinctive symmetric Turkish knot and fine Kurk wool with silk accents. The Tabriz Mahi likewise possesses a high knot per square inch count (KPSI) increasing their quality by bounds. The standard Persian Mahi rug from Tabriz is at a rate of 80 knots per square inch. Most high quality Persian Tabriz Mahi rugs are typically 50 raj or 350-375 KPSI.
Designs and Patterns
These Persian hand woven specialties are well-known for their characteristic design of rosettes framed by a vine scroll rhombus and arching saz leaves. The rug's entire design is normally compact and thoroughly detailed, offering an incomparable look. This specific design is what sets these rugs aside from the myriad choices of Iranian rugs, and gives them the name Mahi Tabriz Rugs.
The Mahi are available in a range of patterns; however, those which are held in great regard have a single medallion surrounded by vines and palmettos. Classic color triads, including midnight blue, red, beige, camel brown and burnt sienna combined with soft green accents, are typical of the Mahi. Including the designs created in the fashion of the traditional Persian legacy, more modern ones make use of angular motifs and curvilinear vine scrolls with superfluous floral details.
Because of their uniqueness and traditional value, Oriental Rugs are always sought after To purchase of a beautiful Tabriz Rug is to add a fantastic addition to any household. Checkout our Mahi Tabriz rugs for sale.