Antique Persian Lilihan rug was hand knotted in Iran of 100% natural wool and has a cotton foundation. The rug is 70+ years old and has medium to low wool piles. Beautiful colors with excellent quality, showing some signs of abrash due to the use of antique vegetable dyes. No holes, nice and soft with a gorgeous design. There appears to be a very small repair at one end. (see picture) This rug was acquired from a Virginia estate. Clean and ready to be enjoyed. Recent embargoes by the U.S. against Iranian goods should cause the value of these rugs to increase.
Notes: The Lilihan rugs made use of classical Persian floral motifs with detached floral sprays. Geometric patterns could also be present. The dominant color was pink. The weft was a naturally dyed rose/pink color forming a salmon field and contrasted by browns, blues, and other colors such as ivory, greens and golds. Because there were many weaving centers in and around Arak, Lilihan rugs and others such as the Mir and the Malayer were very often similar in design to the well-known Sarouk rugs, though not necessarily in structure. As a result, they were often mistaken for Sarouks. While Sarouks are double-wefted, Lilihans are single wefted, having one weft between each row of knots. Some Lilihan rugs, like the neighboring rugs from Sarouk, were over-dyed to appeal to American fashion and interior design. These are quite rare today as the process weakened the rugs and they wore out more quickly than the unpainted ones.
Provenance: Acquired from a Virginia estate
Dimensions: 10ft 4in x 14ft 7in
Medium: Handknotted Rug
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