Fantastic and extraordinary vintage tribal rug from the Zagros Mountains of Southwest Iran.
The carpet displays a whole pack of six fierce crouched and stylized lions with a rather lonely deer at the center of the rug. Numerous small iconic goats or deer decorate other areas of the rug.
Bold vibrant colors including burgundy, dark copper, orange and teal–as well as browns, tans, and un-dyed cream colored wool.
The wool pile has been left extra long and is a little unevenly cut giving the rug the look of a handmade shag carpet or midcentury modern Danish rya rug. However, whereas those are generally industrial machine made rugs, this is a tribal handwoven rug done on a simple traditional loom by a skilled artisan. (Original rya rugs, dating back to the 15th century, were handwoven using a form of the Ghiordes knot.)
Although lion imagery in Qashqai rugs is not uncommon, the weaver has crafted a unique artistic vision in this carpet.
Excellent overall condition with very little signs of wear. The slight unevenness in the photos is from the way the wool was cut originally — not from any pile wear.
Woven from 100% natural wool — including the warp and weft, which is typical for Qashqai tribal pieces. As these were nomadic people who raised sheep, not farmers who grew cotton, they used their own locally produced natural wool. That tradition generally continues.
Last photo with Morgan silver dollar displays the back of the rug.
The exact size is 8 ft. 4 in. by 5 ft. 8 in. 1970s.
The Qashqai are a confederation of 5 distinct tribal groups who banded together in a political alliance in the 19th century. Another confederation — the Khamseh (which means 5 in Arabic) — formed in the 19th century as a counterbalance to the Qashqai. The rugs of all of these tribes are quite similar in many respects.
Shipping is $55 within the continental U.S.
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