|Carpet Images -- Graphic Based|
|Carpet Images -- Text Based|
Herat (part of today's Afghanistan) and Mashhad have been known as important carpet weaving center for several hundred years, ranking with Tabriz in the north, Isfahan and Kashan in central Persia, and Kerman and Shiraz in the south of the country. Mashhad, and the area under its economic, intellectual and cultural influence, can be seen as a gateway to the east, since it lay on one of the main trade routes from Persia to the oasis towns of east Turkestan and on to China. Many of the rugs of Khorasan, particularly those of the Baluch and related tribes, are strongly influenced by the designs and ornaments of the Turkoman tribes, which led a nomadic and semi-nomadic existence in Khorasan as well as to the north and in Afghanistan, to the east. The rugs of southern Khorasan, in the area bordering on Baluchistan, are mainly attributable to the Baluchi.