Vivid small square tribal rug from Abadeh in the Zagros Mountains of southwest Iran. Abadeh, located on the road between Shiraz and Isfahan, is situated at 6,200 feet in elevation.
Finely woven with a tight weave. Although small, it could be used in a high foot traffic area of the home.
Very good condition with minor wear.
Mesmerizing geometric design with many intricate details. There is a traditional Qashqai medallion in the center with rainbow tree-of-life motifs and icons arrayed across the carpet. Blue and crimson are the main colors with green, white and tan as accent colors.
The horse heads in the corners are inspired by the ancient statues at the ruins of Persepolis. Qashqai nomads, who often grazed their sheep near the site of the city, incorporated its ancient statuary into the iconography of their handmade rugs.
The weavers of Abadeh are primarily settled Qashqai tribal people. Abadeh rugs can be distinguished from other Qashqai weavings because they use cotton as the warp, and they have a finer weave with higher knot count.
Natural wool pile on cotton warp & weft. 1960s.
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.
The size is 2 ft.5 in. by 2 ft. 4 in.
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