Nain is pronounced na’een or na’in. It is an unprepossing town, quite drab, but with an ancient history. Like the nearby recently World Heritage listed Abyaneh the people are of a first millennium Persian stock and speak the Pahlavi dialect. The women wear a long pleated skirt, a seperate blouse and headscarf, similar the an old Mexican look. Men wear the baggy pants seen across the country. Modern western dress is on the uptake with the women being more conservative.
The traditional weaving is a multi-shaft loom blanket variety. The local dry low lanolin content wool was unsuitable for carpets. With a post WWII demand for fine carpets merchants from richer towns set up rug weaving ateliers. The poverty and technical excellence of the Nain weavers especially with fine wool weaving became so profitable a new rug type was born. The wool has come from NZ Aust and more recently Argentina as this finer merino type was easily handled as it equated with the traditional dry fine stuff of their blankets.
This Nain is now a respected rug type, copied in other towns in Iran as well as India etc. So I suggest you use our bazaari slang when referring to it: “my nine line Na’in”.
Shah Abbas palmettes, acanthus leaves and the central medallion with anchors.