The Iranian city of Isfahan has long been one of the centres for production of the famous Persian rug or carpet. Isfahani rugs are renowned for their high quality. The most famous workshop in Isfahan is Seirafian.
Isfahan rugs are knotted on either silk or cotton foundations, using exceptionally good quality wool for the pile, which is normally clipped quite low. In the beginning of the renewal of Isfahan as the carpet center of high quality rugs, most rugs used traditional motifs inspired by the architectural motifs and tiles that decorated the historical buildings of this great city. In contemporary items the palette has become more pastel, utilizing the technical perfection and artistic flair of this "City of Art". Both Classical and contemporary Isfahan’s are extremely attractive, and the subduing of the palette, particularly the elimination of strong reds, makes them more compatible with Western decorative schemes.