Herat, although now united with Afghanistan, was under Persian rule during the flourishing days of Persian carpet weaving, and had the reputation of making the best carpets in Persia. The most common design is composed entirely of palmettes with floral stems and cloud bands. The peak period for weaving was the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. The chief colours are dark blue, red, white, green and yellow. Herat Carpets are still woven today in Herat. Turkish knot.