Handmade Oriental rug
84 x 68cm (2'9 x 2'3)
A small piece like this is often called a sampler and is made to showcase what the weaver can produce. The rug has all the normal elements of a Qashqai rug, typical colour palette, the central medallion and even the horse's heads from the pillars of Persepolis. An interesting rug ideal for a small space anywhere in the home.
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It is wonderful to imagine that you could buy a rug that traditional nomads have created; this Qashqai piece is your chance. The wool pile is a mid-length and soft feel; the colours are typical of what you might expect from these weavers using natural dyes.
This carpet will have been made in southwest Iran, although Persian is still used for the rug trade. Thus, we would generally expect Kashgai rugs (Iranian term) to be made by the last genuinely nomadic people of the region. The Qashqai tribal confederation consists of five major tribes, including the Dareshuri, Farsimadan, Sheshboluki, Amaleh, and Kashkuli. Though these versions differ, we believe that the arrival of the Qashqai Tribes in Iran coincided with the conquests of Genghis Khan in the thirteenth century. These nomadic people wander between the Zagros mountains and the Persian Gulf, constantly looking for new grazing for their animals twice a year.
The Qashqai designs are not written or drawn but passed on to daughters who watch their mothers early and gradually develop their skills in a family environment. It would be fair to say that the women will make these pieces with 2 or even 3 generations involved. The piece is knotted by the weavers who sit cross-legged upon the floor and indeed the carpet whilst they craft their art. Meanwhile, the men and boys will be out tending and protecting the animals. As well as the traditional lozenge-shaped ground with medallions in the centre repeated in the corners, they will often include a myriad of birds, animals, flowers and trees that they see around them. Occasionally, if you are very fortunate, you will come across one with the horses head of Persepolis. As you would expect, these carpets are hand-knotted with wool that has largely been vegetable dyed. The Kashgai pieces often have an interesting selvedge with bi or tricolour windings like a barber pole. The other distinctive characteristic is that the rug will be knotted on a wool foundation.
When considering buying online, it is worth thinking about the provenance of the company and the rug. We are a family business with more than 60 years of experience selling rugs. We have an unrivalled reputation and pride ourselves in the level of customer service. We welcome visits to the Tewkesbury shop. Alternatively, we are pleased to assist with online enquiries by email or telephone.
We recommend the use of an underlay with this product:
Foxi-underlay to provide grip to stop hand made rugs from moving
For uneven surfaces, we would recommend our Felt underlay:
Felt underlay for uneven floors
This underlay is the nearest size available for your chosen rug; it may require trimming to size depending upon the piece chosen.
|84 x 68cm||(2'9 x 2'3)|
- Pile: 100% Wool
- Vacuum using suction only Please do not vacuum fringes
- We recommend an underlay to prolong the life of your rug and to protect against possible dye transfer.
- Spot Cleaning:
- Blot spills with absorbent cloths, do not rub or use detergent cleaning products. Spot clean with minimal liquid using soap-based products, preferably using the froth or lather.
- Full Clean:
- Specialist Cleaning only.
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