Gharadjehs are hand knotted on a vertical loom on a cotton foundation. The pile is of thick wool therefore the knot count is comparatively low. However, the wool used in these carpets is superior in quality and the result is a closer-cropped, more uniform pile. Sizes range from 3’ x 2’ mats to 12’ x 9’ foot room-sized carpets and runners are also produced, but usually in smaller sizes.
Gharadjeh, an area meaning ‘black mountain’ on the frontier between Iran and the former USSR, along the Tabriz-Ahar road, lies north-east of Tabriz. The techniques used are the same as those in Tabriz with the sole difference that they have a single weft. The wool used for these rugs is superior in quality to the average Tabriz wool and the result is a more uniform pile.
Gharadjehs are easily recognizable from their design, which consists of three medallions. The two side medallions are the same size as each other and of the same colour as the field. The central medallion is larger and of a different colour, mostly dark blue. The two side medallions resemble the eight-pointed star in shape, while the central one is diamond-shaped, often with an outline of running-dog motifs. The internal decoration of the medallion is completed by geometric plant motifs.
Gharadjeh runners are decorated with the same motifs but, because of the long shape, the sequence of medallions is different.
Gharadjehs are available in earthy tones of brick and blue, and in two different shades of ivory. In addition there is widespread use of green, tan and yellow ochre.
The price range and value of Gharadjeh rugs are from: LOW/MEDIUM TO MEDIUM
Gharadjehs are in the low to medium price range among Persian carpets. Because of the variations in the quality of the weaving, it’s especially important to make a careful comparison of several pieces when you’re considering these carpets.