Amongst the most classic and popular pattern in Tabriz rugs is the Mahi design, which is also known as the Fish design. The Tabriz Mahi rugs are very common and are typically found in most Persian rug stores. In fact, this design is so popular that it is also very common to find it in imitation rugs from China and India. Most Mahi pieces are standard sized Tabriz rugs with a large center medallion and the main colors are typically beige, navy blue, and 3 shades of red (burgundy, cherry, and rose).
The examples below are those of the most common pattern in Tabriz Mahi rugs. The quality of these type of Persian rugs can very from the low end of 30 Raj(~80 kpsi) to the super fine 80 Raj (600 kpsi+), though it is very rare to find them above 50 raj due to the high cost and a lack of demand. Most of them are in fact in the lower quality range of 30-40 raj and the high end Mahi rugs are typically found in the 50 raj quality, which has about 350 kpsi.
Special word about our Pirouzian Mahi Tabriz rugs:
Among the best known and most respected Tabriz Mahi weavers is the Pirouzian family, who make some of the finest and rarest Mahi rugs. The Pirouzian family has been making rugs for several generations and their specialty is in very fine Tabriz rugs with the Mahi design. They are also one of only a handful of weavers who actually make Mahi rugs that are in excess of 50 raj although most of their pieces fall into the 50 and 55 raj quality range. All Pirouzian rugs are made of very fine blend of Kurkwool and silk and the workmanship is such that the rugs are much finer and softer than others in the same quality range. Also, virtually all of their rugs feature additional silk highlights that are rarely ever found in Tabriz rugs and the choice of colors and designs make them among the most sought after Mahi rugs. In addition, every Pirouzian rug features the family signature, which is also very rare in Mahi rugs.
As you look around my various rug sections that feature my available rugs, you will notice that I typically carry a large selection of Pirouzian rugs, which is not by accident. My family has been purchasing Mahi rugs from the Pirouzian for many years and we are one of only a handful of sellers that offers these fine rugs on a regular basis. Even though the Pirouzian rugs are about 15% more expensive than similar Mahi rugs made by others, the price is well worth the difference in quality and workmanship. My biggest challenge is with my clients who purchase these rugs, because once have one of these Mahi rugs, virtually all want more of the same and are not contend with the regular Mahi pieces.
The video about the Mahi rugs will give you some insights about the Mahi design and I showcase not only the Tabriz Mahi rugs with an example of a Pirouzian rug, but also show you an example of a Indian Tabriz Mahi rug as a comparison. I hope that the video will be of help to you and feel free to let me know if you have any questions.