Vintage pictorial tribal rug from the Zagros Mountains of Southwest Iran.
Primary image is a charming horse with 2 small deer or llamas or camels near one end.
The rug is dated but one of the numerals seems wrong and it seems more likely to be a 1970s era carpet.
It is quite a few small white dots scattered on the rug. These are sometimes called knot-heads but maybe ‘white-heads’ — as in acne — is a better term. It’s caused by white woolen weft threads peeking through the main pile.
If they are distraction, it is common simply to ‘paint’ them with a felt marker that matches the field — red and green in this case — and they will disappear.
Other than the white-heads, the rug is in excellent condition with little signs of 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 use 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 5 ft. 10 in. by 3 ft. 8 in.
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 (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 $43 within the continental U.S. It is a bulky and heavy rug for its size. Shipping with FedEx ground. Or possible free pickup near Stockton – Sacramento – San Andreas – East Bay Area with prior arrangement.
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