The surrounding regions of the north-west Iranian city Hamadan is one of the most productive rug weaving areas in Iran. In each of the many villages (more than 600), unique rugs in a heavy quality with colourful, charming and primitive motifs are manufactured in a variety of sizes and designs. The Hamadan area is mainly turkmenian and the rugs are handknotted using the Turkish knotting technique, i.e. ghiordis. The weave is cotton, while the strong pile is usually heavy and rough-spun pure wool.