The city of Zanjan lies in the north-western area of Iran, this ancient city sprung up through salt mining in the area and was an important stop in the Silk Routes of Iran. Zanjan carpets are renowned for their rich, bright and exotic colours, enough to liven up any room.
The foundations of these rugs are either cotton or a cotton/wool mix. Colours used tend to be dark reds, browns and light blue with geometric designs which make them appear very similar to Bijar rugs. However the patterns of Zanjan rugs tend to be larger and the quality is usually not quite as good as the costly Bijars. If you like Bijar rugs but they seem a bit pricey Zanjan rugs are probably the best substitute.