Nain rugs are constructed using the Persian knot and typically have between 300 and 700 knots per inch. The pile is usually very high quality wool, clipped short, and silk is often used as highlighting for detail in the design. Some pieces are made entirely of silk. Nain rugs are often made in the areas surrounding the town of Nain, not necessarily the town itself. Nains utilize the Shah Abbas design and make use of flowing design such as flowers and tendrils. Nain is a small town in the center of Iran, very close to the famous city of Esfahan. Before the start of the 20th Century, it was well known for producing high quality handmade woolen cloth. Because of a decline in that business, the town commissioned weavers from Esfahan to create hand knotted rugs. This link remains obvious when looking at contemporary Nain rugs, but contemporary rugs do exhibit a style of their own, often using highlighting of blue on cream or ivory backgrounds.
Placing the correct size rug in your space is as important as choosing the right color or pattern. A rug that it is too small will shift the balance of the room unfavorably. A rug that is too big, especially in open floor plans, may put the area designations off. There are a few rules of thumb, but a picture says it better. Use these handy guides by Interior Designer Lisa Ferguson to make the best choice.