Persian Hosseinabad Herati Rug — 10 ft. 1 in. by 5 ft. 6 in.


“O, you painters who seek to know color, study carpets and therein you will find all knowledge.” — Paul Gauguin

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Impressive vintage Hamadan village carpet showcasing the classic Herati field design with central medallion.

The rug was woven in Hosseinabad, Iran, and displays the traditional motif and colors from this area. They have been weaving similar versions of the motif at least into the 19th century.

Condition is excellent with almost no signs of wear on the pile. Side cords and cotton fringe are in great shape. No odors, no thin or damaged areas on the rug, etc.

Exact size is 10 ft. 1 in. by 5 ft. 6 in. 1970s.

Wide stylized floral border.

This is a sturdy rug and can be placed in a high foot traffic area without concern.

The rug features reds, blue, white, salmon, and green colors. On one end the weaver has used black wool in the corners and border, on the other end charcoal gray. These interesting color shifts are common in village and tribal rugs.

Natural wool woven onto cotton warp.

The design is a traditional Herati motif on a red field. A Herati design is a repeating pattern in oriental rugs that originated centuries ago.

The motif is based on an ancient Turkoman or Mongolian design — a geometric template featuring one flower surrounded by four leaves, which repeats across the carpet. This pattern originated around the late 15th century in what is now Northwest Afghanistan in the city of Herat (Herat was then part of Persia).

The pattern is often stylized so that you can’t make out individual flowers and leaves. Sometimes the leaves look like leaping fish and the pattern is called ‘mahi’ (Farsi for fish). Nonetheless, it’s the same pattern rendered in a multitude of ways.

Shipping is $43 within the continental U.S.

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(HS0009 O33)