Amazing vintage tribal rug from the village of Nahavond in the Hamadan District of central Iran.
Dark field colors with saturated blues, reds, tans showcase a central blue medallion and wild animal imagery. Eye-catching blue abrash (variegation in dye color) in the center medallion.
Excellent thick pile with no signs of wear. The many creatures include smiling red spotted animals that might be camels or dogs, numerous birds–including four larger ones surrounding the medallion–and a pair of lions with upraised swords.
Lions with upraised swords have a long tradition in Iran, symbolizing ancient Persian and royalty.
The wide border features white lozenge or cartouche shapes that repeat, encircling the rug.
Natural wool on cotton warp.
Heavy for its size and suitable for a high foot traffic area of the house. The photos were taken in midday sunlight.
Aside from the almost psychedelic animals and birds, a range of bold flowers and vines crisscross the carpet.
Village weavers from the area around Nahavond create distinctive carpets woven nowhere else in the world.
The weavers generally prefer dark colors in the center surrounded by tans, reds and lighter colors in the borders.
The intertwined vines and flowers, not to mention the floating animals, make for a surreal scene, almost like a Salvador Dali or Chagall painting.
Exact size is 10 ft. 3 in. by 5 ft. 4 in. 1970s.
Mind-blowing tribal art for your floor!
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