Striking vintage Persian Malayer runner with dark field color; additional colors include olive green, salmon, white, brick red, light blue, sage, and a soft orange.
The design is a traditional Herati motif in the main field with an elegant floral border framing the central pattern.
I listed a second similar village runner from the same area of Iran but woven on a brick red field.
Condition is excellent for a vintage rug with only minor wear on the wool pile. The side cords and fringes are in fine shape. The carpet has been folded for storage and will flatten out with use.
Natural wool on natural cotton. 1960s.
Exact size is 9 ft. 5 in. by 3 ft. 5 in. Last photo with Morgan silver dollar shows the backside of the carpet.
Malayer region rugs demonstrate excellent variety and quality, and are highly regarded by collectors. Malayer (also Malayir) is south of Hamadan and west of Arak in central Iran. These rugs share much with Sarouk rugs but they are more diverse and imaginative.
The design is a traditional Herati motif on the central field with a stylized floral border. 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 often can’t make out individual flowers and leaves.
Shipping will be $34 within continental U.S. — or free pickup in Tucson.
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