Vintage Persian Malayer runner with a classic boteh motif.
Saturated colors including rich reds, salmon, gold, and blue on a black primary field. Fairly thick wool pile.
Plush natural wool pile in excellent overall condition with only minimal signs of wear. The cotton fringes are in very good shape. They are yellowish, probably from unbleached cotton used for the warp threads–as well as normal aging. The side cords are in great shape.
Natural wool on natural cotton. 1950s – 1960s. Central Iran. Exact size is 10 ft. 6 in. by 3 ft. 8 in.
Rugs of the Malayer region are known for their creativity and quality, and are highly regarded by collectors. Malayer (also Malayir) is south of Hamadan and west of the Arak — Sarouk rug producing area.
Mesmerizing art for your floor!
This is a very solid carpet that can be used in a high foot traffic area of the home. No holes, weak areas, etc.
Boteh figures have a prominent role in the history of rugs and textiles. This pattern, which has also appeared in India, has been popular in Persian carpets for several centuries.
Copied by the British textile industry, the design is known as Paisley, named after the Scottish town which produced the textiles in mass. The boteh served as a key element in Persian rugs long before the British borrowed it for their textiles.
The boteh, which can look like leaves, drops of water, little cobras, tadpoles, and many other figures, may date all the way back to Zoroastrianism.
Wikipedia posts the following on the origins of the boteh:
“Some design scholars believe it is the convergence of a stylized floral spray and a cypress tree: a Zoroastrian symbol of life and eternity. Paisley is the quintessential visual metaphor of Iran’s bifurcated and tormented identity – riven between Arabic Islam and pre-Islamic Persian creeds. It is a bent cedar, and the cedar is the tree Zarathustra planted in paradise. The heavenly tree was “bent” under the weight of the Arab invasion and Muslim conquest of Persia. The “bent” cedar is also the sign of strength and resistance but modesty.
The floral motif was originated in the Sassanid Dynasty and later in the Safavid Dynasty of Persia (from 1501 to 1736), and was a major textile pattern in Iran during the Qajar and Pahlavi Dynasties. In these periods, the pattern was used to decorate royal regalia, crowns, and court garments, as well as textiles used by the general population.
According to Azerbaijani historians, the design comes from ancient times of Zoroastrianism and is an expression of the essence of that religion. It subsequently became a decorative element widely used in Azerbaijani culture and architecture.”
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