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.

Please email me with questions or to arrange a purchase. Thank you.

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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.

Please email me with questions or to arrange a purchase. Thank you.

(R00011     i15)

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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Resplendent Persian Geometric Village Rug — 12 ft. 7 in. by 5 ft. 3 in. — $695

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Vivid geometric tribal rug with red, blue, green, ivory, orange and black in a dazzling array around triple medallions. Expansive size at 12 ft. 7 in. by 5 ft. 3 in. — and 100 % natural wool. North Persian Kurdish or possibly Azerbaijan. Side cord is more like a Heriz or Sarab but the rug is all wool, and generally weavers use cotton for the warp in those areas. 1960s.

Some light wear and color abrash (variegation in color due to different dye batches). Faint fugitive dye in parts of the fringe. Fairly heavy rug but a softer weave so might not be perfect for a high foot traffic area. A simple mesh pad would help to hold it in place on slippery wood or tile floors. Fantastic village rug — out of my personal collection. Mind altering art for your floor!

Price is $695.     Shipping is $49 with free pickup an option.

Please email me with questions or to arrange a purchase. Thank you.

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Gorgeous Turkish Kayseri Prayer Rug — 6 ft. 6 in. by 4 ft. — $365

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Highly detailed and finely woven vintage Kayseri rug from Anatolia. Excellent condition. Although not heavy, it is well crafted and could be used in a high foot traffic area. A simple non slip mesh pad might be needed on slippery wood or tile floors.

The rug is ready for many additional decades of use. Natural wool on cotton warp. This carpet was just professionally washed and is ready for your home. Fantastic subtle dyes and colors. Traditional prayer rug motif with mosque mihrab and Ottoman style lamp, enclosed by a sinuous arabesque design.

With its elegant motif and muted colors, it would complement a range of styles from traditional and modern, to mid-century modern, Art Deco and Art Nouveau. Exact size is 6 ft. 6 in. by 4 ft. — and that includes the longish fringe.

Kayseri is widely heralded for producing many of the finest handmade rugs in Anatolia and the world. 1960s.

The price is $365. Shipping is $43 within continental U.S.

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SOLD — Russian Dagestan Sumak with Bird Motif — 10 ft. by 5 ft. 8 in. –$649

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Vivacious village soumak from Soviet Dagestan in the Caucasus Mountains. This soumak was woven in the Dagestan Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic, the official name, by mountain tribal people for local use. Often these spectacular home weavings are given as a wedding dowry. 1960s. Exact size, including wool fringes, is 10 ft. by 5 ft. 8 in.

This soumak (several spellings are used) is in excellent overall condition with limited minor wear. This one appears to have been used primarily as a wall tapestry, which is not unusual in homes in the Caucasus where they are especially treasured.

No holes, repairs, odors, etc. It is 100% natural sheep’s wool and environmentally friendly. The overall medallion geometric design is very traditional; however, the addition of pictorial elements such as birds is an uncommon treat.

Sumaks are similar to kelims but the thread work for the embroidery is not cut tightly on the back side. (Last photo with Morgan silver dollar shows the back.) They are more durable than kilims for the most part. This is not a Turkish, Afghani, or Chinese version of a soumak. This is an authentic Caucasian soumak.

“In technical terms, Soumaks are flatwoven rugs. Their technique is related to that of kilims, but it is somewhat more complex, thicker in handle, and more durable as floor covering. As opposed to Kilim technique which consists of compacted weft facing simply running over and under the vertical wraps, Soumak weave runs the yarns around the warps in a serpentine pattern, over two, back one, over two back one, and so forth. The rows of this yarn facing or brocading are then separated by wefts like the rows of knots in pile carpets.

The origin of this technique is hard to pinpoint, but it is attested literally from one end of the rug-producing world to the other. The term Soumak is apparently a corruption of the name Shemaka, a town in the Shirvan region of the Caucasus, where such rugs, it is often claimed, were made. However Soumaks were made in various areas of the Caucasus and the region north of Kuba seems to have been a major center of their production.”

This is not a true pile rug so not really suited for a super high foot traffic area of the house. I would recommend a quiet living room, office, den or bedroom. (It could also be hung as a tapestry.) A simple rug pad, cut to fit and often a thin mesh, would help keep it aligned on slippery floors.

The sumak is $649. Shipping will be around $40 and pickup is free.

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