New handmade oversized carpet #56967 Loribaft Iran 15.10 x 10.0 feet
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|Country of Origin:
||15.10 x 10.0 ft
||geometric / allover
||Hand made with hand spun and vegetable dyed wool
More about the provenance Loribaft | Iran
The "Lori" are an Indo-Iranian nomadic people from the mountain region of South West Persia. They are related to the tribe of the Bakhtiari. "Loribaft" rugs are a modern further development of the very popular Gabbeh provenance of rugs. Loribaft are a finer production of Gabbeh rugs both in terms of weaving as well as the designs (also going towards more modern design trends). There are no Lori silk rugs, they are merely made of wool pile and mostly on cotton foundation, older pieces can be found to be made on wool foundation. The Turkish knot is used in the weaving.
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 Loribaft 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.