We have few rug designs called cartoon in our rug gallery to show to our customers to see how Persian carpets are made. A designer draws the cartoon on a graph paper and then a painter paints and dyes the cartoon. Each little square of one by one millimeter stands for one knot. Weavers can only read this cartoon. Usually they cannot follow a rug picture and have to use this cartoon to make a rug.
In tribes and many rural places, weavers use the designs from the top of their head and in some cases they can use their imaginations to add or drop some of the elements and motives. Our Qashqai weavers are allowed to use their creativity and modify the designs of our Gabbeh rugs to some extent.