Zarand

Kilims woven between the villages of Saveh, Zarand and Qazvin in central Persia are collectively known as the Zarand production. They are often the work of elements of the Turkic Ilsavan who have settled in the area in large numbers.

Zarand kilims are all long, narrow and durable, woven with cotton warps and a heavy woolen weft. Small slitweave and eccentric weft work are the techniques most commonly used. Patterns are stylized and floral, with running vine and trefoil on the inner and outer borders; colours are muted blues, creams and browns. More often than not the floral motifs group to form a diamond grid pattern, or two or three medallions.