A really beautiful 5.6 x 6.10 village rug Northwest Iran, circa 1920-40. It has a medium pile and is in excellent condition. Note that the designs are not symmetrical or even the same from side to side. The woman who wove this rug did so from memory, using colors and designs indigenous to her village but creating the designs as she went along. A true and beautiful weaving. It spent its life in Iran, perhaps with the family who wove it and imported it here in 2015 before the embargo. A wonderful addition to any home..
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 distant 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.