Oriental Rugs Glossary
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Hamadan is one of the oldest cities of Persia. The former name of Hamadan used to be "Ekbatan", this term is still used to this day for higher quality manufactory rugs from the region (also called "Hamadan Shahrbaf"). Ekbatan was the main city of the tribe of the "Meder". Ekbatan or Hamadan Shahrbaf rugs are relatively heavy rugs with a high pile. Those carpet manufactories which are in the actual city of Hamadan (and not in the region around it) produce particularly fine pieces of high quality.