What are Karaja Rugs?
Karaja rugs are a type of Persian rug woven in the northwestern region of Iran. Different spellings include Karadja and Karaje. They are similar in design to Heriz rugs although they often come in smaller sizes and have a slightly softer color palette.
Designs in Karaja Rugs
The most common design includes a single row of distinctive hooked medallions.The medallions are typically surrounded by geometric and tribal style motifs. They typically feature color schemes of reds, oranges, ivory and blues. Note the easily identifiable characteristic medallion of Karaja rugs pictured below.
Structure of Karaja Rugs
They are woven with a wool pile on a cotton or wool foundation with a single weft, similar to a Hamedan or a Senneh. Newer Karaja rugs typically have a cotton foundation. Turkish knots are used in Karajas. They are very durable due in part to their strong foundations.
Although similar to Heriz rugs in design, Karajas typically come in smaller sizes and are commonly found in runner sizes.
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