Kelardasht

This small town and the valley of the same name lie north-west of Tehran, close to the Caspian Sea. There has never been a large production from this town.
The quality of these carpets before 1960 was very good. Between 1965-1980 the quality deteriorated when the requirements of the western market forced the weavers to modify their patterns and colours. After the revolution in 1979 the quality started improving again.

Old carpets which were still emerging on the market around the 1960s have since become rare.  They showed distinct similarities with Luris with some characteristics of Kurds of Shahsavan.

The looms in this area are placed outside of the house, with overhead covering of a canopy of sorts to protect the weavers from the elements. The warp is cotton, while the weft is of two-ply wool. The medium to deep pile is made of strong, but rather soft wool. The density of the Turkish knots is between 900 and 1400 per square decimetre.

Kelardasht are popular for their originality and vivid design. They are good, hard-wearing carpets.