Khoy Rug

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Khoy Rug
Design of Khoy Rug (Rugman)
General information
NameKhoy Rug
Original nameقالی خوی
Alternative name(s)Khoy Carpet (Mosul Rug)
Origin Iran: West Azerbaijan
Technical information
Common colorsNavy Blue, Cream, Red
Dyeing methodNatural, Synthetic
Pile materialWool
Foundation materialCotton
Knot densitySymmetrical (Turkish)

Khoy carpet or Khoy rug is a village rug that is woven in Khoy in the West Azerbaijan Province of northwestern Iran. These rugs are employed symmetrical knots with cotton foundation and a wool pile. The colors of these rugs are Navy Blue, Cream, Red.


Khoy is a city in the West Azerbaijan Province of northwestern Iran. An old city, it has been occupied by empires and armies over the centuries. Khoy once had a large Armenian population that immigrated north to Armenia during the first quarter of the nineteenth century.
Khoy carpet weaving is known in the trade from the first quarter of the twentieth century. The carpets have floral designs and colorations similar to Tabriz styles, but Khoy weavings have a lower grade quality in comparison. Khoy carpets have a cotton foundation and a wool pile. The Turkish (symmetric) or Persian (asymmetric) knots are employed. The Turkish knot is foremost, but the Persian knot is sometimes encountered.
Khoy weavings were marketed as Tabriz carpets. They were mainly produced for the lower-income consumer, for both domestic and foreign markets. Khoy carpets were made in large quantities and provided an economic boost for the city's population.
By the last quarter of the twentieth century, in accordance with world market demand, most Khoy weavers began to produce carpet qualities similar to those of Tabriz. These carpets were made in a high quality, including those with a silk pile.[1]

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  1. Moheban, 2015, 315-316


  1. Abraham Levi Moheban. 2015. The Encyclopedia of Antique Carpets: Twenty-Five Centuries of Weaving. NewYork: Princeton Architectural Press.