The most prolific of any carpet center is a very old city known as Tabriz, located in north-western Iran.
Their carpet quality is quite exceptional, as most of the carpets are on a base of very fine cotton but other times on pure silk.
Many unique designs exist, but the typical pattern for a rug from Tabriz is filled with large palmettes, a dense floral motif, vivid scenes of hunting, vases, or field pictorials.
These can be found with medallions or without them, while geometric designs also exist. Tabriz has sub-styles, too, which include the elegant and restrained ‘Mahi’, done in co-ordinated borders of subdued tones which can fit anywhere; the Naqsheh, displaying an array of pinks on beige or, on rare occasions, black; and the wild yet gorgeous Tabatabaie, always done with touches of orange, beige, and lemon green.
The finer Mahi and Naqsheh are mostly of highly-priced Kurk wool, while silk is frequently used to lavishly outline the rug highlights.