Persian Village Runner, 4 x 12, Heavy, thick pile and woven in the village around Heriz in NW Iran around 1930.
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 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 real genuine thing, showing the creative spirit and the way rugs were made for time immortal. The very essence of rug making, and no two are ever the same. Art coming to you from the distance past to be enjoyed in your home as it was 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.