Hand made oriental rug
55 x 60cm (1'10 x 2'0)
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This carpet will have been made in Iran, although for the purposes of the rug trade the term Persian is still used. We would generally expect Kashgai rugs (Iranian term) to be made by the last genuinely nomadic people of the region. The Qashqai tribal confederation consists of five major tribes, including the Dareshuri, Farsimadan, Sheshboluki, Amaleh, and Kashkuli. Though these versions differ, we believe that the arrival of Qashqai Tribes in Iran coincided with the conquests of Jengis Khan, in the thirteenth century.
The Qashqai designs are not written or drawn but passed on to daughters who watch their mothers from an early age and gradually develop their skills in a family environment. It would be fair to say that the women will make these pieces with 2 or even 3 generations being involved. The piece is knotted by the weavers who sit cross legged upon the floor and indeed the carpet, whilst they craft their art, Meanwhile the men and boys will be out with tending and protecting the animals. As well as the traditional lozenge-shaped ground with medallions in the centre repeated in the corners, they will often include birds, animals, flowers and trees which they see around them. As you would expect these carpets are hand knotted with wool that has largely been vegetable dyed. The Kashgai peaces often have an interesting selvedge with bi or tri colour windings like a barber pole. The other distinctive characteristic is that the rug will be knotted on a wool foundation.
55 x 60cm (1'10 x 2'0)
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