Fantastic Qashqai Leopard — Cheetah Rug — 6 ft. 5 in. by 3 ft. 4 in. –$729

 

 

Wonderful condition with almost no signs of wear. Dramatic stalking gold feline on red field. Stylized flowers surround the leopard or cheetah, all framed with tan corners and black and ivory border.

Some abrash (color variegation from different dye batches) in the red field, with which the weaver creates an artistic painterly effect. A small dye diffusion, barely noticeable, from an earlier wash, is the only flaw.

Large wild cats are a traditional Qashqai motif but they almost always depict lions. In regards to condition, quality, artistic detail, this carpet is exceptional. (Out of my personal collection.)

Woven by the Qashqai tribe in the Zagros Mountains of southwest Iran. 1960s — 1970s. 100% wool. The size is  6 ft. 5 in. by 3 ft. 4 in.

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Price is $729. Shipping is $43 within the U.S.

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(Q0084       O50)

Plush Old Geometric Hamadan Rug — 7 ft. by 5 ft. $415

 

Plush vintage triple medallion village rug from central Iran. Thick wool pile with minor wear. Some wear on one fringe and a little normal wear on the side cords. 1930s.

Natural wool on cotton warp. Two stylized human figures on the blue-black primary field.

The rug was professionally washed. No signs of any bleeding or dye problems when it was washed. A very solid rug that could be used anywhere — including a high foot traffic area. Most likely woven by a Kurdish or Azeri weaver in the Hamadan district of Iran.

Ends and side cords remain in very good condition– especially considering the age. Mainly or all natural dyes with the orange possibly a pleasantly muted synthetic. (Tribal weavers often used a commercial orange with local ‘organic’ dyes even a hundred or more years ago.)

Really solid rug with tons of tribal charm that could be plopped down in a high foot traffic area of the home.

Fantastic art for the floor! .

Excellent size for many spaces in the home! Exact size is  7 ft. 1 in. by 4 ft. 10 in.

Please email me with questions or to arrange a purchase. The price is $415. Shipping is $45 with the continental U.S.

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(KU0060   O24)

Vivid Qashqai Tribal Rug with Horse Head Motifs — 8 ft. 8 in. by 5 ft. 5 in. — $769

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Electrifying tribal rug from the Zagros Mountains of southwest Iran. This one showcases the boldest and most vibrant color palette possible in a handmade textile. One end is slightly curved upward in the photos because the rug was rolled up in storage, but this will flatten out as soon as it is walked on.

Very heavy rugged wool rug that is almost like a plank in its solidity. Could be used in a high foot traffic area of the home.

Fantastic geometric design with many intricate details. Traditional Qashqai medallions with tree of life motifs, and multiple icons arrayed across the entire carpet. Ivory, crimson, orange, green, and black are the primary colors. Classic Qashqai barber pole side cords.

The four ivory horse heads were inspired by the ancient statues at the ruins of Persepolis (closeup in fifth photo). Qashqai nomads often grazed their sheep near the site of the city, and incorporated its art into the iconography of their wool rugs.  100% natural wool. 1950s. Out of my personal collection.

Good condition with scattered wear and a few small repairs. A small 2-inch rather crude repair, most likely done in the village, is located in the central medallion (shown in penultimate photo–but not easy to spot). Photo with coin shows the back of the rug.

Despite small imperfections, this is a vibrant and powerful piece of tribal art work. Fantastic statement piece– mind boggling art for your floor!

The Qashqai are a confederation of 5 distinct tribal groups who banded together in a political alliance in the 19th century. Another confederation — the Khamseh (which means 5 in Arabic) — formed in the 19th century as a counterbalance to the Qashqai. The rugs of all of these tribes are quite similar in many respects.

The size is 8 ft. 8 in. by 5 ft. 5 in.  The rug is $769. Shipping is $63 or free with local pickup.

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(Q0002    N4)

Persian Rudbar Bird Runner — 13 ft. by 3 ft. 5 in — $749

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This is one of a small group of dazzling Persian bird motif runners from northwest Iran. They were woven in villages in the Rudbar district (also Roodbar), and feature blues, both dark and light, as the primary field color with birds and tree of life designs.

Expertly crafted with fine wool on cotton warp. Reds, turquoise, orange as accent colors. Excellent overall condition with almost no signs of wear. Small hardly noticeable repair on the side cord. 1970s.

This runner features a good deal of abrash (variegation in dye batch) in the darker colors and blues to render a painterly effect to the carpet.

Out of my personal collection. There are four of them in total and once they are gone, they are gone. It took me quite a while to assemble this group and I never see them these days. They are really wonderful tribal works of art from the mountains of northern Iran.

Rudbar means ‘by the river’ in Farsi. The Sepid river runs through the city of Rudbar.

Great opportunity for someone to pick up a couple of matched runners with a bird motif and fabulous tribal colors.

Price is $749. Shipping within continental U.S. is $45 (heavy rug). Local pickup is an option.

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(R00013     N25)

SOLD — Persian Rudbar Bird Runner — 13 ft. by 3 ft. 8 in. $695

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This is one of a small group of dazzling Persian bird motif runners from northwest Iran. They were woven in villages in the Rudbar district (also Roodbar), and feature blues, both dark and light, as the primary field color with birds and tree of life designs.

Expertly crafted with fine wool on cotton warp. Reds, turquoise, orange as accent colors. Excellent overall condition with almost no signs of wear. Small hardly noticeable repair on the side cord. 1970s.

This runner features a good deal of abrash (variegation in dye batch) in the darker colors and blues to render a painterly effect to the carpet.

Out of my personal collection. There are four of them in total and once they are gone, they are gone. It took me quite a while to assemble this group and I never see them these days. They are really wonderful tribal works of art from the mountains of northern Iran.

Rudbar means ‘by the river’ in Farsi. The Sepid river runs through the city of Rudbar.

Great opportunity for someone to pick up a couple of matched runners with a bird motif and fabulous tribal colors.

Price is $695. $45 shipping (heavy) with local pickup an option.

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(R00011     i15)

Bakhtiar ‘Space Alien’ Tribal Rug — 9 ft. 1 in. by 4 ft. 6 in. — $599

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Awesome geometric hooked medallion rug with strange humanoid figures. Based on dyes and weave, this is a Persian village Bakhtiari or possibly Luri rug. The motif is not a common one for the Bakhtiari as they tend to weave Heriz style medallion or floral garden type rugs for the most part. This would be a more common design around Shiraz and the Qashqai weavers of the Zagros Mountains.

If Swiss author Erich von Daniken had come across these mysterious humanoids on a rug (second photo), he might have claimed them as evidence of alien visitations to the Middle East in his book Chariots of the Gods. All kidding aside, they are odd little figures but very traditional. The same figures appear occasionally on hundred year old Malayer and Hamadan rugs. (Even more proof they must be aliens–they only have 2 or 3 fingers on each hand!)

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Condition is generally very good with some minor wear on the pile. No repairs, weak spots, or odors.

Short natural wool pile woven onto cotton warp. 1960s. Rug could be used in a high foot traffic area of your home or office. Out of my personal collection. Size is 9 ft. 1 in. by 4 ft. 6 in.

Mind boggling cosmic space alien art for your floor!

Price is $599. Shipping is $43. Or free local pickup.

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(BA0036 N1)

SOLD — Kurdish Tribal Bidjar Rug from Iran — 8 ft. 5 in. by 4 ft.

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Very heavy handmade runner from northern Iran. Dazzling colors across a dark field (nearly black), a central medallion and two wing medallions in navy blue, red lions, botehs (the figures that look like floating amoebas), and wide violet – rose borders.

Stylized tree-of-life motifs. These rugs are believed to symbolize the royal Persian courts of antiquity. Lions, of course, are associated with Persian history and royal leadership.

Very good condition with minor wear. Woven by Kurdish or Azeri village weavers on a home loom. Generally sold as Bijar rugs– which are dense, heavy rugs created by Kurdish weavers in western Iran. 1960s.

The boteh design originated in Kashmir, migrated into Persian rugs several centuries ago, and eventually was copied by the British textile industry to become known as Paisley (after the Scottish town where it was produced in large volumes). The boteh remains an important design element in many Persian rugs.

Exact size is 8 ft. 5 in. by 3 ft. 10 in. Natural wool woven onto cotton. Quite dense and heavy. Very good choice for high foot traffic area as it will not shift around as some carpets will if walked on vigorously.

Price is $475. Shipping $55 (very heavy rug). Or free local pickup.

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(NV0001 i13)

Mazlaghan Tribal Runner — 12 ft. 6 in. by 4 ft. — $385

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Dazzling large village runner from Hamadan District of Iran. This is a traditional Mazlaghan ‘lightning’ motif — serrated gold lightning enclosing red medallions, black fields, and creating a vibrant geometric design.

The rug has quite a bit of abrash (variation in color due to different wool dye batches) — which creates muted areas as well as bold zones on the rug.

Wool on cotton warp & weft. Excellent overall condition with only minor wear. No holes, stains, or issues. Incredible art for your floor! Ready to use. This rug has a dense weave and can handle foot traffic. 1970s.

Very good size at 12 ft. 6 in. by 4 ft. Mazlaghan rugs are a personal favorite, but they are generally on the small side (3 by 5 feet or 4 by 6). Not easy to find a good-sized runner like this one.

Price is $385. Shipping is $43 or free pickup.

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(TK0005 i10)

Lighting Bolt Village Mazlaghan Rug — 6 ft. 9 in. by 4 ft. 4 in. — $319

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Vibrant old tribal geometric rug from the Mazlaghan village in the Hamadan District of central Iran.The weavers in this locale have been weaving an eye-catching version of this motif going back at least into the 19th century.

This one features rounded icons on a dark blue-black field with a central crimson medallion. Stylized floral border and highlights of orange. 1950s.

Very good vintage condition with a little scattered pile wear. Wool woven onto cotton warp & weft. The rug is well woven and can be placed in an area of high foot traffic. Exact size is 6 ft. 9 in. by 4 ft. 4 in.

This motif impacts like a lightening bolt across a black sky; one of the most visually striking of all the marvelous tribal rug designs in the world.

Price is $319. Shipping is $37 or free pickup.

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(MZ0013 G14)

Sarabi Heriz Persian Tribal Runner — 11 ft. 4 in. by 3 ft. 5 in. — $439

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Dazzling geometric village runner from the area around Sarab in Northwest Iran. This borders Azerbaijan and the Shirvan carpet region so there are many shared characteristics.

Wonderful olive greens and assorted blues, and outstanding quality dyes.

Condition is very, very good with minor pile wear. A bit of wear & tear on the cotton fringe of one end. A very solid and well crafted piece of tribal art.

Exact size is 11 ft. 4 in. by 3 ft. 5 in. Out of a German estate. 1960s. Natural wool pile on natural cotton warp.

Price is $439. Shipping is $43 or free pickup.

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(SR0006     O66)

SOLD — Geometric Khamseh Hamadan Runner — 10 ft. 5 in. by 3 ft. 7 in. — $489

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Striking geometric tribal runner from the Khamseh area, northern Hamadan region. Gorgeous colors, and the blues and salmon in particular appear to be natural dyes. Very minor wear. The wool pile is fairly thick. The warp is natural cotton.

Very good overall condition. The rug has been professionally WASHED and is ready for the floor. 1950s — 1960s. Size is 10 ft. 5 in. by 3 ft. 7 in.

To add a little confusion, there is also a Khamseh confederation in the Fars District of southwest Iran. The confederation consists of five tribes (khamseh means ‘five’ in Arabic) and was formed as a counterbalance to the Qashqai. (Although Farsi is the official language of Iran, many other languages are spoken including Turkish, Kurdish, Armenian, Luri, and Arabic.)

Many rugs in the northern Hamadan area are woven by Kurdish weavers, and this is possibly true for this bold village rug.

The price is $489. Shipping is $39.

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(H0053 O30)

Persian Shahsavan Geometric Rug — 10 ft. 6 in. by 6 ft. 7 in. — $775

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Most of the Shahsavan tribe lives in northwest Iran near the city of Ardabil and Dashteh Moghan. However, dispersed groups of Shahsavan also live in central Iran near Saveh, Karmsar, and Varamin. In Farsi, Shahsavan means “those who love the Shah”. This was a 17th century title bestowed on warriors from these tribes for their loyalty and diligence in defending the northern borders of Persia.

As well as beautiful geometric carpets, the Shahsavan weavers produce many functional pieces such as saddle bags, mafrash bags, and animal covers. These textiles are often woven in the kilim and soumak style.

This stunning Shahsavan geometric carpet was probably woven near Saveh, which is about 80 kilometers south of Tehran. The color palette and design elements share much in common with Shahsavan rugs from the more northern regions around Ardabil.

Wool pile woven onto cotton warp. Some very minor wear. Soft and harmonious colors including salmon, ivory, blue and green. A large and impressive room size tribal textile. Exact size is 10 ft. 6 in. by 6 ft. 7 in.

Price is $775. Shipping is $55 or free pickup is an option in this area.

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(SA0001 O9)