Although small, Malayer is important due to its location on the commerce routes and can produce a large number or rugs. Malayer rugs are normally built on cotton foundations and are examples of true Herati designs. Size can vary but most rugs are small to medium in size in nomadic patterns with shades of red being the predominant colors. The quality of Malayer rugs can vary from good to poor depending of pattern, quality of wool, age and knot count. The small town of Malayer is situated around 50 miles to the south-east of the city of Hamadan.