Wonderful geometric Vis rug with a Caucasian shield motif. Overall, in excellent condition. (Also spelled Viss and Wiss)
The field color is remarkable as the weaver used un-dyed camel wool to create the light brown beige. This is sometimes seen in Sarabi rugs and runners. The majority of Vis carpets use red for the primary color.
Additional colors include several shades of red, dark blue, and olive.
The pile is thick and heavy. Only minor signs of wear with one small ding — about the size of a dime — on one end (next to last CU photo).
Cotton fringes and side cords are good condition with very minor wear and a spot on the fringe.
Very solid and well made rug that could be placed in any high foot traffic area.
Small icons of a mountain sheep (ram, goat, or reindeer), which are a hallmark of Vis rugs, appear in each corner. This is a traditional symbol often woven into the carpets from Vis; usually the mountain sheep are blue although, as in this rug, other colors are used, too.
The Vis motif — with its traditional saturated colors and sharp angles — is one of the most distinctive in Iran. Woven in limited numbers in a small area, they are quite special in the oriental carpet trade. They are reminiscent of Caucasian carpets such as the Kazak and shield rugs woven farther to the northwest.
Vis carpets are highly sought after by collectors and not common.
Natural wool woven onto natural cotton. 1950s. Exact size is 9 ft. 7in. by 7 ft. 3 in.
Vis is a small town located near the city of Golpayegan, Iran — in the district of the same name.
Vis includes an eclectic mix of Kurds, Azeri (Turkish), and Bakhtiari nomadic people. These tribes have influenced the rugs and carpets produced in the city, which carry a dazzling and distinctive geometric tribal motif, typically rendered in bold crimson & blues.
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