Old vintage village runner from the Malayer region of central Iran.
Traditional repeating Herati motif, one of the most common and timeless of the Persian designs, on a mottled red and tan field.
Extensive village abrash, (changes in dye color across a spectrum of related colors). Abrash creates a painterly effect quite distinct from the formal monochromatic urban workshop carpets of Iran
The repeating design in the field is known generally as a Herati pattern, after the ancient Persian city (now in Afghanistan) where it was perfected.
The rug is heavy for its size and can be used in a high foot traffic area such as a hall or near an entrance.
Very good overall condition with some modest wear in areas. Slightly out of square in width.
Last photo with silver dollar shows the backside.
Malayer rugs are extremely well made and very durable. Similar to Sarouk and Mahal rugs but generally smaller and more varied and creative in execution.
Exact size is 13 ft. 5 in. by 3 ft. 8 in.
Wool woven onto cotton warp. 1950s.
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 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.
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