Yazd is located in South East Iran and is the capital of an entire region of the same name. Yazd is a significant market-city at the Southern border of the Kavir desert. Yazd rugs are unusually decorative and rich in design variations. Altogether Yazd rugs belong to the rugs with highly tasteful designs.
This Yazd, ca. 1920 has a "Herati" or "Mahi" design (has its origin in Herat, ca. 16th century, short for "Mahi to Hos" meaning "fish in the pond"). A rosette is surrounded by a rhombus which is again surrounded by four bent leaves. The name "Mahi" meaning "fish" was given to this design because the leaves resemble swimming fish.
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