Amazing vintage Persian village runner showcasing the classic Herati field design with birds and dogs on each end! The dogs (possibly wolves or large cats or other enchanted beasts) appear to be attempting to reach the colorful psychedelic birds in a bucolic forest!
Overall woven in dark colors often preferred by Kurdish weavers in Iran. Probably woven in the Hamadan District, which produces many of the finest tribal rugs in the world. Very solid carpet and can be used in a high foot traffic area.
Condition is excellent for a vintage carpet with almost no signs of wear. Moderately thick, plush wool pile. Side cords and fringes are in great shape. Possibly some light dye pickup in the ivory borders from a washing but hard to be sure as it is faint.
Overall, it is a dark rug so keep that in mind if it is placed in a hall or area with low light levels.
Woven by a tribal weaver in a village from natural wool on cotton warp and weft.
Exact size is 10 ft. 10 in. by 3 ft. 9 in. 1970s.
The central design is a traditional Herati motif on a dark field. A Herati design is a repeating pattern in oriental rugs that originated centuries ago.
The motif is based on an ancient Turkoman or Mongolian design — a geometric template featuring one flower surrounded by four leaves, which repeats across the carpet. This pattern originated around the late 15th century in what is now Northwest Afghanistan in the city of Herat (Herat was then part of Persia).
The pattern is often stylized so that you can’t make out individual flowers and leaves. Sometimes the leaves look like fish or feathers. The same template can be rendered in thousands of different artistic interpretations by the skilled weaver.
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