(Posted on 05/10/16)
The runners and small rugs of Karaja, a weaving centre near Ahar in the Heriz area, are unmistakable.
Sizes: all formats up to 10 sq. mt and larger. Runners are especially common.
Colours: the ground is generally red, very occasionally light brown or blue. Borders are mostly dark blue.
Patterns: characteristic Karaja squares, alternating wit
h hooked hexagons, both with simple fillings in a Caucasian style are used in the field and borders.
Foundation: warp and weft are cotton.
Knots: Turkish knotted, coarse to medium fine with 1000 to 2000 knots per sq dm (65-130 per sq. inch.).
Pile: medium to high depending upon the fineness of the weave.
Quality: low to medium in quality and in price. A carpet for everyday use. Very good pieces are rarely on the market.