fame of Sanandaj is mostly due to its very exquisite carpets, which have a worldwide reputation.
The structure of the plains and foothills of Kurdistan is one of the important herding areas of the country, and its sheep are usually of the “Kurdish” and “Marivani” breeds.
The wool used in Sanandaj carpet weaving is hand-spun and very thin. To the extent that sometimes it is difficult to distinguish between hand-spun and factory yarns. Sanandaj carpets are woven in the Turkish way, and today the rugs are made of cotton.
Authentic Kurdistan carpets, especially Sanandaj, are of the type of a thick weft. It seems to be influenced by the use of a weft in the carpet texture, such as rugs, gabbeh, etc. But nowadays, any kind of weft is used in the weaving of carpets. The scaffolds used in urban areas are vertical and fixed type.
In a few exquisite and unique examples, higher row counts have also been seen, but today’s Sanandaj carpets have a low KPSI.