"Large Persn Meshed Circa Rug 1980"Entirely knotted by hand, pure wool, vegetable dyes, size: 3,90mX3,10m. Mashad (Mashad or Meshed carpets): hand-knotted carpets from the Mashad city in north-eastern Iran. Mechhed or Mashhad (in Persian: مشهد) (mæʃhæd) is the second largest city in Iran and one of the holiest cities of Shiism. It attracts more than 20 million pilgrims each year. Located in northeastern Iran, capital of Khorasan-e-razavi province located more than 900 km east of Tehran. She is nicknamed the city of a thousand faces. Mashhad means "place of martyrdom", according to the death by poisoning, in 818, of the eighth Imam of the Twelfth-century Shi'ites the Imam `Alî ar-Ridâ by the Abbasid Caliph Al-Ma'mûn. It was this poisoning, the second major loss of Shia Muslims after the "Karbala Massacre" (680), which gave Mashhad its role as a religious city and shrine for all Twelver Shiites. carpet manufacturing, textile, chemical, pharmaceutical and food industries. Mashhad is home to the shrine where, at the beginning of the ninth century, Imam Reza, the eighth Imam of the Shiites, was buried. It is one of the main holy places of Shia Islam. The tomb of Caliph Harun al-Rashid is also in the sanctuary. The ruins of the ancient city of Tus can be seen nearby. The city is home to the University of Mashhad.