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The material used for pile of Tabriz rugs are wool, silk, or a combination of two. A beautiful blend of fine Kurk wool and silk is most common in fine Tabriz rugs, with wool only used in those of medium quality. In very finest Tabriz rugs, foundation is pure silk instead of cotton, and some even have 18 or 24 karat gold threads woven into foundation.
The master-weavers of Tabriz often weave their signature into a part of carpet's border. These signatures can, of course, be found on extremely fine rugs made in other cities, but a signature on 'ceremonial' border of a Naqsheh is ultimate in formality and sophistication, true mark of Tabriz rugs.
Jeff Brokob is a freelance writer providing tips and advice for consumers buying Persian rugs of all types including Tabriz Rugs, Oriental carpets, and antique and contemporary rugs. His numerous articles offer money saving tips and valuable insight on typically confusing topics.