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Oriental carpet #45119 Hamadan Iran 12.8 x 3.7 feet

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Item Number: 45119
Provenance: Hamadan
Country of Origin: Iran
Size: 12.8 x 3.7 ft (runner)
Made: ca. 1990
Pile: wool
Foundation
(warp and weft):
cotton
Design: geometric / allover
Ground Color: dark blue
Knots/inch²: 161
This carpet is in perfect condition.
Price (incl. VAT): US-$ 1,450

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.

This Oriental rug has been treated with a "Noble Finish" wash. This wash includes not only the actual cleaning of the carpet but also its processing (ennobling) which represents an increase in the Oriental carpet's value. By this special technique a soft and silky feel and shine are added to the carpet. This washing technique requires experience and skill since otherwise carpets could easily be damaged by it. In this case the washing was implemented perfectly.



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