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Semi-antique wide runner #43602 Hamadan Iran 16.4 x 4.3 feet

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Item Number: 43602
Provenance: Hamadan
Country of Origin: Iran
Size: 16.4 x 4.3 ft
Made: ca. 1930
Pile: wool
Design: floral and geometric / allover
Ground Color: ivory
Remarks: good condition, lower pile in center, some repiling, vegetably dyes. This piece has been dyed with vegetable dyes only.
Price (incl. VAT): US-$ 8,900

Estimated delivery time:
4 - 8 working days

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More about the provenance Hamadan | Iran

Hamadan (also: "Hamedan") is one of the oldest cities of Persia. The former name of Hamadan used to be "Ekbatan", this term is still used to this day for higher quality manufactory rugs from the region (also called "Hamadan Shahrbaf"). Ekbatan was the main city of the tribe of the "Meder". Ekbatan or Hamadan Shahrbaf rugs are relatively heavy rugs with a high pile. The majority of Hamadan rugs are peasant or nomadic rugs - with several sub-provenances such as Bibikabad, Borchalou, Darjazin and Hosseinabad amongst others. Hamadan rugs are mainly woven with the Turkish knot.

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.

The wool of this rug has been dyed with vegetable dyes only which became very rare in Oriental rugs. Since ca. 1850 synthetic dyes found their way into carpet production. Ever since they replaced natural vegetable dyes more and more also due to the fact that the production of vegetable dyes is very time consuming and difficult. But the "aura of genuineness" can be reached to its full extent with vegetable dyes only. Vegetable dyes are made from leaves, flowers, branches, fruits and roots. They give Oriental rugs a particularly harmonic look. In general Oriental rugs "age" better and more beautifully with vegetable dyes than with synthetic dyes plus they increase a carpet's value. Most of today's production is made with synthetic dyes which makes this rug an even more desirable piece. Unfortunately many rugs in the market are being labelled as being vegetable dyed which in many colors is simply not true which damages the reputation of the carpet industry altogether.



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