Oriental carpet #58463 Samarkand Uzbekistan 7.9 x 5.8 feet
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||7.9 x 5.8 ft
||Sorry, we can't give you the age of this carpet at the moment.
||floral and geometric / medallion
More about the provenance Samarkand | Uzbekistan
Samarkand is located in Uzbekistan. The city has already been a significant trade center between East Asia and the Middle East and quickly became a spiritual and cultural center of Islam. Samarkand had gained such significance as a trans-shipment center for East Turkestan rugs that valuable rugs from Khotan, Jarkand and Kashgar were called Samarkand. These old Samarkand rugs, which nearly disappeared from the trade, are esteemed objects of museums and private collections.
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 a so called "open design". Any rug in which the medallion is surrounded by a large area of a plain one-colored field and if at all have corner patterns within the field. The open design is currently experiencing a come back and became very popular.