The wool used in Mashad rugs is softer than that found in most other types of Persian rugs. Mashad is a city in the east part of Iran.The colors used are exclusively red and blue as the dominating colors with ivory or khaki used to provide interesting contrast. The background is typically deep, dark red with dark blue highlights found in the center medallion, corner pendants and border. Some rugs are an all-over traditional pattern. The red background is a distinguishing characteristic of Mashad rugs.