Mahal rugs are positioned geographically between the assymetric Persian knotted plains to the east and the symmetric or Turkish knotted areas to the west. These foothills are perfect sheep husbandry areas producing some of the most durable carpets. The design cannon is a typically Persian city floral one but the distinguishing feature is the muscular large scale drawing which is a function of the coarser domestic village weave. Also the designs were woven from a wagireh or sampler rather than following the graph paper of the finer city types.
There are no modern Mahal. Some weaving is still carried on but the rugs are all from graph paper and are indistinguishable from even government factories.