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Standard Sizes of Persian Rugs

Standard Sizes of Persian Rugs - Rug the Rock

Handmade rugs are a timeless addition to any home, adding beauty, warmth, and a touch of elegance. However, the dimensions of handmade rugs can often be confusing for buyers. This guide will help you navigate the different sizes and terms used in the world of handmade rugs, including "Zar-o-Nim" and "Zar-o-Chark."

Different Sizes of Handmade Rugs

Handmade rugs come in various sizes, each with unique names and uses. Here’s a breakdown:


Qali (Rug)

These are the larger handmade rugs, categorized as follows:

  • Small Qali: 7x10 and 8x12 feet
  • Medium Qali: 10x13 and 9x9 feet 
  • Large Qali: 11x15 and 12x16 feet
  • Very Large Qali: 13x16 and 13x20 feet and larger

Qaliche (Small Rug)

Handmade rugs with an area of less than 43 square feet:

  • Sajjadeh or Do-Zar'i: 4x7 feet
  • Parde'i: 5x8 feet

Kalgi (Runner)

These rugs are narrower than Qali and typically less than 13 feet in length:

  • Sizes include 5x10, 6x10, and 7x12 feet

Kenareh (Hallway Runner)

Ideal for hallways and stairways:

  • Width: 1.5 to 6 feet
  • Length: 10 to 33 feet (sometimes up to 50 feet)


Zar-o-Nim (One and a Half Zar)

Rugs measuring:

  • 3x5 and 4x5 feet

Zar-o-Chark (One and a Quarter Zar)

Rugs measuring:

  • 3x4 feet

Paderi (Doormat)

Small carpets typically made for entrances.

Poshti (Cushion Cover)

Rugs with a width of 2 to 3 feet and a length of 3 to 4 feet:

  • Common sizes: 2x3 and 2x4 feet
  • In some areas like Gorgan and Bojnord, poshti with a kilim back, known as "Gharcheen," are popular.


Choosing the Right Size for Handmade Rugs

When selecting a handmade rug, consider the purpose and location:

  • For entrances: Use Paderi
  • For hallways: Use Kenareh
  • For small rooms: Use Qali or Qaliche

Tips for Home Decoration

  • Ensure the rug doesn't extend under the legs of tables or sofas to prevent compression.
  • Handmade rugs are often more expensive to repair, so careful placement is essential.
  • Measure your space accurately to choose the right rug size.

Additional Considerations


  • Handmade rugs not only vary in size but also in design, color, and material. Choose a rug that complements your interior decor.
  • Regular maintenance, such as vacuuming and professional cleaning, will extend the life of your handmade rug.


Learning about the dimensions of handmade rugs and their appropriate uses will help you make an informed purchase, enhancing the beauty and functionality of your living spaces. Whether for a hallway, entrance, or living room, there's a perfect handmade rug for every area of your home. You can also check out our collection to find the perfect rug for your needs.


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