Impressive vintage Hamadan village carpet showcasing the classic Herati field design with small central medallion.
The rug was most likely woven in Hosseinabad, Iran, as it displays the traditional motif and colors from this area. They have been weaving similar versions of the motif at least into the 19th century.
Condition is excellent for the age with almost no sides of wear. Fringes and side cords are in great shape. The rug is not quite a perfect rectangle but otherwise a beauty.
Exact size is 11 ft. 2 in. by 3 ft. 8 in. 1970s.
This is a sturdy rug and can be placed in a high foot traffic area without concern.
The rug features reds, blue, white, salmon, olive, burnt orange, and turquoise. Natural wool woven onto cotton warp.
The design is a traditional Herati motif on a red 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 leaping fish and the pattern is called ‘mahi’ after the Farsi word for fish. Nonetheless, it’s the same pattern rendered in thousands of different artistic interpretations.
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