Shiraz carpets are made in the villages around the city of Shiraz, in the Iranian province of Fars.
Designs tend to come from settled tribal weavers so they mimic Qashqai, Khamseh (Basseri and Khamseh Arabs), Afshar, Abadeh and Luri designs.
Using fixed looms, the rugs tend to be larger and often coarser than their tribal counterparts.
Shiraz rugs are not often very finely knotted, with both Qashqai and Abadeh both having a finer knot.
Shiraz utilizes the Persian (asymmetrical) knot.Bright colors and geometricism dominate the design, often complementing a modern decor.
Some pieces feature Cyrus' white horse.
The Shiraz carpet is the only rug to depict nightingale birds, which are depicted as angular-shaped.
These birds are said to symbolise contentment and happiness.