The city of Klardasht (Kelardasht), located in the Mazandaran province of northern Iran is known for its production of high quality handknotted carpets. Klardasht carpets are made using the Persian knot technique, where the weft threads are tightly knotted around the warp threads to create a dense and durable carpet. The wool used in these carpets is often sourced locally, which adds to the unique character of each carpet.
The designs of Klardasht carpets are inspired by the natural beauty of the Mazandaran region, known for its lush forests and stunning mountain landscapes. Many Klardasht carpets feature intricate floral and foliage motifs, as well as geometric patterns and medallions.
The colours are obtained from natural dyes and often feature muted and earthy tones that reflect the natural hues of the region. Artisans use a variety of plant-based materials, such as indigo, madder root, and pomegranate skins, to create these colours.
This process results in a carpet that not only looks beautiful but also has a long-lasting, eco-friendly finish. When properly cared for the carpet will have a unique and beautiful patina that only improves with age.