Amazing village rug with a wonderful artistic display incorporating a tree-of-life motif with unusual humanoid figures!
Excellent overall condition with minor wear on the wool pile. (One very small spot shown in closeup with Morgan silver dollar.)
Tree-of-life motifs are typically linked to life, growth and positive associations.
Unusual human type figures appear in rugs going back at least into the 19th century; these are unique and may be monkeys or just slightly disturbing neighbors, but one in particular reminded me of what a yeti might look like. Not sure what the weaver had in mind but use your imagination. Aliens?
Very solid and tough carpet! Moderate village abrash in the blacks and reds. (Abrash is variegation of related colors through changes in wool dye batches.)
Most likely woven in Hamadan region of Iran by Kurdish weavers based on motif and color palette. Colors include tan –possibly camel wool, sage green, black, red, ivory, and blue.
Wool pile woven on cotton warp. Exact size is 9 ft. 4 in. by 5 ft. 1960s.
Last photo with the Morgan silver dollar shows the back of the rug.
Kurdish weavers are often praised for producing high quality tribal pieces that are eye-catching, innovative, and durable.
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 and stock farming. The men wear distinctive outfits that include baggy pants and a wide belt. About five million Kurds live in Iran and large Kurdish areas can also be found in eastern Turkey, western Iraq, and parts of Syria.
Shipping will be $43 within continental U.S. Or free pickup in Tucson.
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