Lovely old Persian village carpet with traditional Lilihan floral motif. Typically these are woven in the Hamadan region by Armenian tribal weavers. 1940s. Vivacious colors including the primary field of red — with accents of green, black, orange, tan, olive, salmon, and ivory.
Some minor wear with the ‘worst’ area shown in the last photo. This area is perfectly sturdy, the wear is cosmetic and hard to even spot. I have not tried to ‘touch up’, ‘paint’ or hide the small area of wear but this could be done easily if desired. Very, very few tiny ‘knot-heads’, which are the white cotton of the warp thread peeking through the pile. These can be touched up to disappear in 5 minutes. Some minor wear on the original side cords and cotton ends but nothing of concern.
Rug is very solid and well woven, and can be used in a high foot traffic area of the home.
Natural wool on natural cotton. Exact size is 7 ft. by 5 ft. 2 in.
Persian Armenians are the largest Christian minority in Iran, and many estimates put their numbers at 150,000 to 300,000. Although Lilihan rugs are commonly associated with Persian Armenian weavers, there is obviously nothing distinctive between Muslim and Christian carpets unless they contain religious symbols such as mihrabs, mosques, churches, crosses, or quotes from the Koran, etc.
Many of the Lilihan rugs have an ‘art deco’ look to them and are similar to Sarouk and Mahal rugs– especially from the 1920s and 1930s.
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