Carpet designs tended to reflect the history and culture of the region they were created in. Traditionally these carpets sometimes took many months, even years to create, but now the process is much faster, even with those that are still made by hand. Today many handmade carpets are considered to be priceless pieces of art while only a lucky few are ever likely to own one of these particular carpets, carpets are still very popular as furnishings and, for some, simply as decorative items.
Potential carpet owners are fortunate that Bahrain provides such an incredible array of carpets from different regions of the world, including Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan and Pakistan. One of the most popular handmade carpets purchased in Bahrain these days is the Nain carpet. The intricate patterns of these carpets originated from the region of Nain in Iran. Basic features of the design are similar to the carpets of Isfahan (situated close to Nain) and often include a medallion in the centre of the carpet, which is repeated on a floral field with a floral border. Another feature of the Naheen carpets is the silk outlining of the motifs that makes the patterns stand out from the field.
Tabriz carpets are popular too and the designs are usually of an intricate Floral nature. like the Naheen carpets. the original designs for these carpets came from Tabriz In Iran and colours are usually bright blues, reds and browns. Ivory is often the field or background colour.
Other popular carpets include the Bokahara and Oash Oai carpets. Again both of these designs originate from Iran but the designs are of a geometric nature, rather than intricate and delicate.