Vintage Kurdish tribal rug woven in Iran in a village, most likely by the Kolyai as it is one of their favorite designs.
The rug is in excellent overall condition with almost no signs of wear whatsoever on the wool pile.
Very thick and plush wool pile, making this heavy and solid rug. It can be placed in a high foot traffic area of the home.
This brown lace pattern is a very traditional field design (appears somewhat like a honeycomb); antique Kolyai rugs well over a hundred years old often show the same interlaced brown field motif.
The medallion in the center is unique as it appears to depict a church. (Kurds in general practice Islam as a religion.) Typically the central medallion is floral or geometric in this motif.
Kurdish weavers have maintained their traditions, producing high quality tribal pieces that are eye-catching, distinctive, and durable.
Wool pile on cotton warp and weft. 1970s.
The exact size is 10 ft. 4 in. by 5 ft. 5 in.
The Kolyai (also Koliai) are a settled Kurdish tribe located near Songhur in Kermanshah Province of Northwest Iran. They weave carpets similar to Persian Hamadan rugs in that they are often single weft in structure with cotton for warp and weft, and display geometric designs.
The majority of the population in Iran is of Persian origin but there are a number of sizable minorities. One of these groups are the Kurds who live mainly in the western parts of the country in the provinces of Kurdistan, Zanjan and Kermanshah.
Traditionally, they were nomads but today most are settled, practicing agriculture, ranching and stock raising. The men wear distinctive outfits that include baggy pants and a wide belt. Roughly 5 million Kurds live in Iran, and large Kurdish areas are also found in eastern Turkey and western Iraq.
Kurdish village carpets are often attributed to the Kolyai tribe or to the town of Songhur. Other carpets woven by the Kurds, especially antiques, are often labeled as Bidjar or Senneh rugs.
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