Antique handmade oversized carpet #49133 Garajeh Iran 16.10 x 12.0 feet
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|Country of Origin:
||16.10 x 12.0 ft
(warp and weft):
||geometric / medallion
||red and light blue
||thin pile, not worn. This piece has been dyed with vegetable dyes only.
More about the provenance Garajeh | Iran
Garajeh is located in North West Iran near Heriz. Garajeh rugs are the most known type of Karadagh rugs (other kinds are Lambaran and Meshkin). The ground color is usually a clear red, the ornament colors are usually light ivory tones. Garajeh rugs are good tasteful and durable rugs which do not deny the neighborhood of Heriz and Bakhshayesh, in fact they are strongly inspired by that region. Good and durable wool is used for these rugs. Altogether one can say that Garajeh rugs are solid, beautiful, durable rugs with an extra portion of character.
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.
This Oriental rug has 1 abrash. The word "abrash" comes from the Persian word for cloud "abr". It is the expression for unwanted color differences in rugs. Mostly they are caused by not having dyed enough wool for the rug so that further wool has to be dyed and creating exactly the same tone of color is nearly impossible, especially with vegetable dyes. Mostly this happens with tribal/nomadic carpets. When washed these differently dyed wools react differently and the initial hardly visible difference in color increases and becomes an abrashe. Some religious people create such color differences in Oriental rugs on purpose in order to grant Allah the exclusive role to create perfect things. In newer productions abrashes are often made in order to give the rug a more authentic antique look.