Mashad is the capital city of the province of Khorasan, which is located in Northeastern Iran. Mashad has been a center of both rug-making and trade due to its position as a crossroads of the region. This particular rug was made by weavers in the villages surrounding Mashad in the 1940s. The process of making a rug involves cleaning, washing and dyeing the wool, and only then weaving the rug.
Herat Oriental works with over 2,000 village weavers to create beautiful, authentic, handmade rugs. The majority of the weavers are women, who live in the villages of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Persia and India. As we grow, we are able to create more jobs for female weavers who otherwise would not have the opportunity to do so. The community also thrives from rug weaving as the local farmers benefit from wool sales, and the local artisans create natural and vegetable dyes for the weavers to use in their designs. Due to the handmade nature of our rugs, the size may vary from as advertised by 3-4 inches. Regular vacuuming and annual professional cleaning will keep your rug looking new for years to come.