Near the western edge of the great Dasht-e-Kavir desert, 200 kilometres east of Isfahan, lies the picturesque city of Nain. In the city you can visit the characteristic adobe buildings and one of the oldest mosques in Iran with remains dating back to the 10th century.
Carpets from the city enjoy a high reputation and are very popular. Both the material and the workmanship are of the highest quality, and the knot density is high, often more than a million knots per square metre. The material of the more exclusive carpets is wool on a silk warp or silk both in the warp and in the weft and pile.
Few other hand-knotted carpets are as prized as the Nain. Nain carpets are among the most beautiful handicrafts in Iran. The city is located on the edge of one of the largest deserts in Iran, the Dasht-e-Kavir. Hardly anyone has not seen a Nain carpet, at least in pictures.
Nain carpets have their own categorization, which divides them into classes. Depending on the density of knotting, a distinction is made between 4La, 6La, 9La and 12La. The smaller the number, the higher the quality and more elaborate the carpet.
The excellent quality and fine knotting make Nain rugs a highly sought-after piece of craftsmanship among rug connoisseurs. Traditional Nain patterns have a central medallion surrounded by floral designs. The resemblance to rugs from the nearby city of Isfahan is undeniable. Typically, Nain carpets are coloured red, blue or beige on the surface. Particularly fine Nain carpets are made entirely of silk. These silk carpets, of course, have a higher price than, for example, carpets made of wool. If you are looking for special luxury, you will find it in Nain carpets.