Antique Persian Lilihan rug was hand knotted in Iran of 100% natural wool on a cotton foundation. The rug is 80+ years old, has medium to low wool piles and is in excellent condition for its age. Beautiful colors and made with excellent quality, showing some signs of abrash due to the use of antique vegetable dyes. No holes or repairs, nice and soft, with a gorgeous design. This rug was acquired from an established rug merchant. Clean and ready to be enjoyed. Current embargoes against Iranian goods by the U.S. should cause the value of these rugs to increase.

  • This rug was acquired from directly from an established rug merchant.
  • Dimensions:
  • 7ft 3in x 10ft 0in, 45lbs
  • Medium:
  • Handknotted Rug
  • Circa:
  • 1930s
  • 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.
  • Condition:
  • Excellent

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