Old geometric village runner from the Sarab region in Northwest Iran. This borders Azerbaijan and the Shirvan carpet production region.
This is a very traditional Sarabi motif but the addition of the small charming stylized lions, goats or dogs is uncommon.
Sarabi rugs are similar to Meshkin runners although they typically use different field colors with Meshkin rugs opting for reds and dark blues versus tans for the Sarabi.
The carpet is dated (shown in closeup photo) 1341 in the Persian calendar, which is 1963 in our Western Gregorian calendar. So a 57-year old rug still in quite good shape.
This runner is dense and heavy — ideal for high foot traffic areas in a hall or near an entrance.
Very good overall condition with some minor wear, a couple small village done repairs, and small areas of red and orange dye diffusion from a village washing. The cotton fringes and side cords are in very good condition (one of the prior mentioned repairs is on a small section of the side cord).
Despite the normal wear from decades of use, the rug is solid and not weakened in any way. Last photo with silver dollar shows the backside.
Sarab rugs are extremely well made and very durable. Exact size is 12 ft. by 3 ft. 5 in. Very heavy for its size.
Wool woven onto cotton warp. 1960s. (Dated by weaver as 1963)
This is a traditional design going back well into the 19th century and earlier. The tan brown primary field areas are usually un-dyed wool, typically camel wool.
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