A Shiraz carpet is a type of
Persian rug made in the villages around the city of
Shiraz in the south west region of Iran. The designs
tend to come from settled tribal weavers so they mimic
Qashqai, Khamseh, Afshar, Abadeh and Luri designs. Since
the weavers are using fixed looms the rugs tend to be
larger and often coarser than their tribal counterparts.
Shiraz rugs are not often very finely knotted,
with both Qashqai and Abadeh both having a finer knot.
Shiraz utilizes the Persian (asymmetrical) knot.
Shiraz rugs are not usually made in a large factory,
with the majority of them being woven by home weavers
and taken into the main bazaar to be sold, most often,
to traders who will group a sizeable range of these rugs
and sell them to smaller traders or export them.