Vintage Persian Malayer Runner was hand knotted in Persia (Iran) is made of 100 percent wool on a cotton foundation. The rug is 50 years old, has full, wool piles and is in excellent condition. This rug was acquired from a Virginia estate. Beautiful colors with excellent quality. No holes or repairs, plush and soft. 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: Malayer is a large village located between the major weaving areas of Hamadan and Sarouk in Northwest Persia. In Malayer and the small villages surrounding it, production was almost exclusively small antique rugs and runners made by individual weavers in the 19th and early 20th centuries. An extremely limited number of larger Persian carpets up to 10ft by 13ft were woven on the family level in some of the larger villages. Oversize antique carpets are seen very rarely and were woven on commission. Malayer and the surrounding villages produced some of the most decorative of Persian village weavings. At the finer levels, each Malayer Oriental carpet is distinct, the weavers having drawn on a large pool of designs, investing much originality in their creation. This richness of motifs makes antique Malayer rugs endlessly interesting. The “boteh” or sprouting seed (a sign of rebirth and growth in nature) was a favorite motif of the antique rug weavers, sometimes covering the field in small rugs and runners. Stylized birds were another beloved design, adding a whimsical touch. Flower head and vinery lattice Persian carpet patterns and the well-known Herati design (diamonds flanked by flower heads and leaves) were all employed by the tribal rug weavers. Inspiration also came from the sophisticated carpets of the Ferahan plain to the East.
Provenance: Acquired from a Virginia estate
Dimensions: 5ft 9in x 15ft 10in
Medium: Handknotted Rug
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