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Antique runner #39060 North West Persia Iran 13.10 x 3.2 feet

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Item Number: 39060
Provenance: North West Persia
Country of Origin: Iran
Size: 13.10 x 3.2 ft (runner)
Made: ca. 1910
Pile: wool
Design: geometric / medallion
Ground Color: cognac
Price (incl. VAT): US-$ 6,400

Estimated delivery time:
4 - 8 working days

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This is an Oriental nomadic rug. The word "nomad" comes from the Greek word "nemein". Nomads are wandering tribes, shepherds, stockbreeders, or hunters. In the minorly populated areas of Asia and North Africa they move with their herds, all their belongings and their tents to new places constantly. Many states already tried to make them settle down with various success. Mostly it is the women of the tribes which contribute to the family's income with their carpet knotting and weaving while the men breed stock or go hunting. But due to the circumstances of nomadic life the carpet production often lacks regularity and precision in form and design, which actually adds to their originality and makes them even more popular. The wool is mostly dyed with vegetable dyes.

This North West Persia has a "Herati" or "Mahi" design (has its origin in Herat, ca. 16th century, short for "Mahi to Hos" meaning "fish in the pond"). A rosette is surrounded by a rhombus which is again surrounded by four bent leaves. The name "Mahi" meaning "fish" was given to this design because the leaves resemble swimming fish.



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