Old vintage Kurdish tribal rug woven in Iran by the Kolyai. Although dressed in green, the strange little humanoid figures with four eyes and huge hands, one nestled in each corner of the rug, are not really leprechauns. Small human figures with oversized hands are not uncommon in the iconography of Persian carpets. The extra eyes — or 5-dot dice faces — are unusual.
(They look surprisingly like the legendary homunculus of the alchemical tradition, cited by Paracelsus, as well as the more modern sensory homunculus.
The rug is in good overall condition with scattered wear, much of it concentrated on one end of the runner. Despite the wear the rug is still sturdy.
This brown lace pattern is a very traditional field design (looks a little like a honeycomb); antique Kolyai rugs well over a hundred years old often show the same interlaced brown field motif.
Kurdish weavers have maintained their traditions, producing high quality tribal pieces that are eye-catching, distinctive, and durable.
Wool pile on cotton warp and weft. 1950s.
The exact size is 9 ft. 4 in. by 3 ft.
The Kolyai (also Koliai) are a settled Kurdish tribe located near Songhur in Kermanshah Province of Northwest Iran. They weave carpets similar to Persian Hamadan rugs in that they are often single weft in structure with cotton for warp and weft, and display geometric designs.
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 and western Iraq.
Kurdish village carpets are often attributed to the Kolyai tribe or to the town of Songhur. Other carpets woven by the Kurds, especially antiques, are often labeled as Bidjar or Senneh rugs.
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