Hand knotted with a very soft luxurious wool pile in the far NW of Iran on the border with Azerbaijan overlooking the Caspian Sea. The designs are clearly Caucasian in nature, being more angular than Persian. Although relatively coarse in weave they are generally of good sound structure and the wonderful wool more than makes up for the lack of fineness.
Hand-knotted Persian Meshkin rugs are very distinctive for their ultra-soft wool and wide selvedge (side edges). The colours are rich and often too dark unless used in a sunny or well-lit room, particularly the vintage rugs from the 50s and 60s. The cream ground Meshkin rugs tend to become bled into by the darker surrounding colours which makes them ideal shabby chic decorations. Persian Meshkin hand-knotted wool rugs are a very smart buy for those looking for visual and practical warmth as well as superb comfort underfoot.
They are almost always in runner -long and narrow-or a gallery rug (woven to a scale of 3/2) format but can be combined in rooms to delineate areas of seating.
This gallery rug example of a hand-knotted wool Persian Meshkin has the washed out vintage colours that retain some of their former brilliance but you can see the evidence of the colour bleed into the grey ground areas.