This is a nomadic rug from the Fars region on Southwest Iran which consist of village and nomadic tribes when this carpet was woven in the 1930s. The size is 4.9 x 7.7 feet/inches. Today there are few wandering tribes as most have settled in villages. A beautiful example of a primitive weave using wool from the weave’s sheep, old vegetable dyes, and abrash showing the wool was dyed in small batches. The design was created by the woman who wove the rug, designed as she went and truly one of a kind. It has medium, even pile and no repairs, stains, or other issues. It was treasured and well cared for in Iran, perhaps by the family who wove it, and ready to grace your home and for generations to come. A great buy and a treasure from a time long past. SALE $699.00 V-235
Village rugs, then and now, are woven in the various villages as a source of extra income for the family. The designs and colors used are traditional to that village or tribe and knotted from memory in the home. The wool yarn used are often from their own sheep where the men take care of the animals and do the shearing, the women card and spin the wool into yarn. The men (usually) do the dying and hand it over to the wife and his daughters to make the rug. Once finished it is used in the home or the men take it to a local market on market day to sell to wholesalers/exporters who come from the city to buy. Village rugs are the very essence of rug making, and no two are ever the same, showing the creative spirit and the way rugs were made from time immortal. Here is art coming to you from the distance past to be enjoyed in your home as it has been since long ago, and hopefully for generations to come.
What to look for in Village or primitive weavings. There are several signs in the rug to indicate it was a village or tribal rug.
- The change of color of the yarn being used called abrash. This is due to the weaver having to make a new batch of dyed yarn with the consequence of not matching once completed and sheared. Often she runs out of say blue yarn and will use another color which she has. All great signs of a non-commercial or city rug.
- Non-uniformity of design. Since village rugs are not copied from a prepared drawing you can expect to see design elements different from side-to-side and end-to-end. The weaver often incorporates small farm animals, household items, or other familiar objects to personalize her rug. Some weavers are more experienced than others and show a more orderly layout in her weaving.
- Lines not straight. Another beauty and feature of these rugs can be the unevenness of lines. She doesn’t have the advantage of a drawing to guide her and as a consequence lines may not be straight, center designs not centered or perfectly symmetrical, and other irregularities. All of which define the beauty, charm, and uniqueness of these special antique weavings. In the past these primitive rugs were looked down upon as “unsophisticated” but have become very cherished and collectable now. Many are also used today as wall hangings. Woven Art.
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