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Mahal rugs – It has occurred to me that we never addressed the issue of Mahal Rugs vs. Sultanabad Rugs. There is a growing misconception that Sultanabad Rugs & Mahal Rugs were both woven in the same place – Arak. But in reality, Sultanabad rugs were woven in Arak while Mahal carpets were woven in the city of Mahallat which is also known as Ma?allat-e Bala or Mahallat Bala, which, according to the 2006 census, has a population of 35,319, & 10,285 families.

While Mahallat is located 146 kilometers to the west of Arak, both cities produced very similar rugs in look and texture. This is why, in today’s antique oriental rug world, the terms are almost interchangeable. Both weaving centers are famous for producing rugs that have larger scale patterns and are casual in feel than those that were woven in other major cities and weaving centers. There are some differences in look and feel, it is mostly the weave and texture that set them apart. Rugs from Mahal tend to have a coarser weave, the wool is not as lustrous and the design is not as refined as those that were produced in Arak
(Sultanabad). Price is also a factor, since the carpets from Sultanabad are considered better quality and are feature designs that are more interesting they were always more expensive than their Mahal counterparts. Both rug productions incorporate patterns that are not exactly floral or geometric, a unique feature which makes them extremely versatile and can be incorporated in almost any setting or decor.

Age

1900-1939

Material

Wool

Shape

Rectangle

Style

Persian

Size

13'-10"x 10'-2" (317cm x 422cm)

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