Oriental village rugs:
Loori, Hosseinabad, Malayer, bidjar, senneh…
A reflection of local craftsmanship, it was from the second half of the 19th century that many rug designs and patterns were developed, often drawing inspiration from earlier creations.
These creations bear witness to ancestral know-how passed down from generation to generation.
Iran Heriz : 3,15 x 2,48 m Sold
Iranian wool rug, circa 1920. Used condition. Regular wear throughout this Hériz which remains, despite everything, a solid carpet. Restoration of breakpoints (on one side) in our workshop.
Located in Iranian Azerbaijan, east of Tabriz, Hériz is a town bringing together the production of neighboring villages such as Ahar, Goravan, Sérapi, Bakhshayesh... Hériz have the reputation of being solid carpets and very resistant to wear due to excellent quality wool (tied with the Turkbaff knot). Heriz rugs with geometric designs and a central medallion are inspired by a family tradition. At the end of the 19th century, traders from Tabriz had carpets woven in Hériz, bringing a more "refined" side. Despite this change, many weavers did not want to use cardboard and referred to traditional designs or "vaghirehs". At this time and until the start of the First World War, silk carpets were also made. They are now very rare and highly sought after.
This traditional heriz consists of a central geometric medallion in soft, weathered
hues. Beautiful balance of colors and patterns.
Iran Hériz : 1,57 x 1,05 m
Iranian wool rug, cotton warp and weft, circa 1960. Very good condition. Strong and
Located in Iranian Azerbaijan, east of Tabriz, Hériz is a town bringing together the production of neighboring villages such as Ahar, Goravan, Sérapi, Bakhshayesh... Hériz have the reputation of being solid carpets and very resistant to wear due to excellent quality wool (tied with the Turkbaff knot).
Beautiful Heriz in zaronim format. A central medallion as well as four spandrels stand out from a deep red background. An ecru border brightens the entire rug. It is relatively rare to find Heriz in this size.
Heriz rugs with geometric designs and a central medallion are inspired by a family tradition. At the end of the 19th century, traders from Tabriz had carpets woven in Hériz, bringing a more "refined" side. Despite this change, many weavers did not want to use cardboard and referred to traditional designs or "vaghirehs". At this time and until the start of the First World War, silk carpets were also made. They are now very rare and highly sought after.
Iran Tafresh : 2,00 x 1,35 m
Iranian rug from the Arak region (western Iran) Kurk * wool, cotton warp and weft,
1940-50. Very good state. The borders have been restored in the tradition.
Beautiful achievement. Near Saveh, the town of Tafresh is located northwest of Farahan. This traditional dozar-size tafresh consists of a large rounded blue medallion highlighted on a solid red background (kafzadé). Spandrels in blue and brown colors recall the central medallion. The main border consists of flowers and is surrounded by small "herati" or "samovari" borders **. On either side of the medallion, we notice a line of "boteh" ***.
* Kurk wool: fine wool taken from the necks of lambs.
** Border herati (or samovari): this pattern consists of small flowers depicted on the borders that surround the carpet. It is found on the majority of Iranian carpets
*** Boteh: Ancient pattern with different meanings. It can represent the transformation of Zoroaster into cypresses, a symbol of eternity, but also into a drop of water, a palm, a tree. The term boteh means "flowering bush" in Persian. There is a similarity to yin and yang.
Iran Tafresh : 1,55 x 1,20 m
Iranian carpet from the Arak region, western Iran, wool, cotton warp and weft,
circa 1960. Very good condition, some shades in the kafzadé (plain) red part (see photos).
Close to Saveh, the town of Tafresh is located northwest of Farahan.
Beautiful tafresh with a traditional motif. In the center, a large medallion is highlighted on a solid red background (kafzadé). The four spandrels as well as the borders, like the medallion, feature harmonious floral motifs.
Iran Bidjar : 1,60 x 1,12 m
Carpet from Iranian Kurdistan (western Iran) kurk wool (fine lamb's wool), cotton
warp and weft, circa 1940. Very good condition.
Traditional Bidjar in zaronim format. A central medallion as well as four spandrels stand out from a patinated red background composed of the 'mahi' (diamond) motif. Three borders composed of a stylized floral pattern frame the rug. Strong and durable mat.
Located in Kurdistan, bidjars are held in high esteem, due to their great robustness and resistance to wear. These are rugs appreciated by enthusiasts because of their authenticity and their typically Persian charm. Carpets from Bidjar and surrounding villages are made with the turkbaff knot (double knot) and are renowned for their great resistance to wear. A traditional bidjar has 3 to 5 rows of weft threads. In addition, the quality of the wool and the weaving make these rugs virtually indestructible. They are called 'iron carpets'.
Pair senneh Iran : 1,03 x 0,66 / 1,00 x 0,65 m
Iranian wool rugs, cotton warp and weft, circa 1970. Very good condition.
Two traditional senneh in zarsharak format forming a pair. On a red 'kafzadé'
(plain field) background stands out a predominantly blue medallion highlighted by a beige background and dark spandrels. A few abraches (change of tones in the same color) give an authentic side.
Former name of the city of Sanandaj, the city of Senneh is located in Iranian Kurdistan and is famous for its knotted carpets. Senneh kilims are also very popular with lovers of authentic carpets. The work is very refined both in the technique of realization and in the drawings which are perpetuated over generations.
Senneh Iran : 1,14 x 0,71 m Sold
Iranian wool, warp and cotton weft rug, circa 1980. Very good
The town of Senneh is located in Iranian Kurdistan and is famous for its knotted carpets. Sennehs kilims are also very popular with lovers of authentic carpets. The work is very refined as much in the technique of realization as in the drawings that are perpetuated over generations.
Very nice traditional senneh, zarsharak format, patinated colors, consisting of the pattern 'mahi' (diamond). A 'herati' border framed by two small borders surround the carpet field. Solid carpet.
Iranian wool rug, cotton warp and weft, 1950. Good condition. Usual
Meymeh rugs are easily recognized by their diamond patterns called "djangali", that is to say "from the jungle". This small Iranian town, located between Kashan and Isfahan and near Djoshagan, made rugs after the Second World War.
Salmon pink color. Beautiful patina. A beige border is surrounded by two "aleh abassi" borders (tulip borders).
Caucasus kazak : 2,40 x 1,30 m
Caucasian wool rug, wool warp and weft, dated 1949. Very good condition.
The name Kazak designates carpets knotted in a mountainous area including Georgia and Armenia.
This authentic Kazak, in 'kellé' format, is the perfect example of a traditional village work specific to Caucasian rugs and of a bygone era. It is possible, given its graphics, that it is a kazak 'Lori Pambak', a term designating rugs made in the North of Armenia in small villages attached to Lori whose capital is Pandak and located along the Georgian border.
On a very dark navy blue field (black), four very refined geometric patterns in 'crushed strawberry' color contrast with different worked borders. On the 'black' field, we notice patterns of hourglasses, göls (flowers), as well as the date 1949 reproduced four times. The carpet has been signed, in a medallion, with the initials C and A. The octagons inside each medallion represent the Universe.
- 'Aleh abassi' border (tulip border) orange yellow.
- 'S' pattern border. This motif originally represented a two-headed dragon that could be seen on ancient Persian, Chinese and Celtic bronzes.
Note, a small restoration (2 cm²) on the back of the carpet, not visible on the place.
Caucasus Chirvan : 1,64 x 1,03 m
Caucasian wool rug, cotton warp and weft, circa 1970. Very good condition. Restoration of breakpoints in our workshop.
Prayer rug composed of a mihrab inserting a large octagon representing the universe. There are also göls or guls (flower in Persian) of different sizes as well as the 'S' motif. Originally, this motif was an interpretation of a two-headed dragon that could be observed on ancient Persian, Chinese and Celtic bronzes. It symbolizes light, divinity, wisdom. A 'ram's horns' border on a deep red background is framed by two small 'herati' (flower pattern) borders. Rams horns symbolize virility, male fertility, strength and heroism.
Caucasus Erevan : 1,17 x 1,09 m
Caucasian Kurk* wool rug, cotton warp and weft circa 1970. Very good condition. The
breakpoints have been restored in our workshop. Slightly trapezoidal carpet (width: 1.09/1.02 m). Fine work. Strong and durable mat.
Capital of Armenia, Yerevan was founded in 782 BC Yerevan is the collection center for Yerevan carpets and also carpets made in the surrounding villages.
Lots of attention in the making of this rug from the 70s which uses geometric patterns (three medallions) but also Medes stars, zoomorphs of rams and small göls (flowers). Two small herati borders (flowers) frame a larger border with a stylized pattern.
*Kurk wool: fine lamb wool collected by combing.
Iran Loori :
Located to the west and further south in Fars, the Lur people consist of a semi-nomadic population. The most common sizes of rugs range from dozar (about 2 m²) to kellé (1.50 x 3.50m approximately). Geometric designs can be reminiscent of Caucasian rugs. They are warm and comfortable rugs that fit into both contemporary and traditional interiors, with stylish and timeless graphics. The charm of these rugs is above all due to their simple or even naïve patterns, the quality of the wools and their astonishing colors.
Loori: 2.35 x 1.42 m Sold
Iranian wool rug, dated in Persian 1379, ie
1959. Good condition
Beautiful and authentic loori in kelle format on a deep red background with two navy blue and red medallions. Two ram zoomorphs (center) as well as stylized fish are represented. An original border rich in patterns (botehs *, fish, hook patterns) surrounds the field of the carpet. In the lower medallion, the carpet was dated in Farsi when it was made (1379 or 1959). Warm and breezy colors **. Comfortable, strong and durable mat.
Iran loori : 3,26 x 1,80 m
Iranian wool rug, cotton warp and weft, circa 1950. Good
Authentic loori with geometric graphics on an eggplant background. Warm and brash colors * due to the quality of the wools and dyes. Rare by its dimensions of kellé format. This loori is the perfect example of a bygone era. Strong and durable mat.
* Abrache: term designating a variation of tones in the same color.
Iran loori : 2,08 x 1,70 m
Iranian wool rug, wool warp and weft, circa 1950-60. Good
Warm and abraded colors for this lory with geometric patterns and an interesting dozar format due to its width. Nine black hexagons contrast with the orange-red carpet. Zoomorphs and stars of Medes (eight-pointed stars). Comfortable, strong and durable mat.
Abrache: term designating a variation of tones in the same color.
Located to the west and further south in Fars, the Lur people consist of a semi-nomadic population. The sizes of the most common carpets range from the dozar (approximately 2 m²) to the kellé (approximately 1.50 x 3.50m). Geometric designs may recall Caucasian rugs. These are warm and comfortable rugs that fit into both contemporary and traditional interiors, with stylized and timeless graphics. The charm of these rugs is above all due to their simple, even naive patterns, the quality of the wool and their astonishing colours.
Iran Sarouk : 1,52 x 1,08 m
Iranian carpet from the Arak region (western Iran), wool, circa 1960. Very good
Sarough rug (or sarouk) with a classic and timeless design consisting of a central medallion surrounded by flowers and foliage, on a red background, and four turquoise gray spandrels. A border on a navy blue background has a floral pattern and is surrounded by two small borders.
Iran Sarough : 3,25 x 2,15 m
Iranian rug from the Arak region (western Iran), wool, 1950-60. Very good
Carpet in 'mian farsh' format in shades of blue consisting of the diamond pattern "mahi". A more colorful border, predominantly red, enhances the field of the carpet. Beautiful quality of wool. Strong and durable.
The region of Arak included various centers of carpet production which reproduced the characteristics of the carpets made in the city of Sarough.
Iran malayer nanadj : 3,10 x 2,14 m Sold
Iranian wool rug, cotton warp and weft, 1980. Excellent condition.
Very beautiful nanadj carpet made in the region of Malayer, north-west of Iran. The production includes a variety of floral or geometric decorations. We find on all of this rug the samovar pattern known as the "turtle" pattern. Nice balance of colors in red, black and copper tones. Bright and comfortable rug. Tendency to shrink.
It is common for carpets in this region not to be "fringed" on one side, which corresponds to the beginning of the realization of the carpet.
Malayer : 3.86 x 0.83 m Sold
Iranian rug from western Iran, 1960. Good condition.
Malayer in Kenareh format, with warm and deep colors, ideal for a hallway with
Malayer : 3,10 x 0,87 m sold
Iranian rug, Arak region (western Iran) wool, 1950. Very good condition.
Malayer purified. An ecru geometric medallion stands out against a plain red ground (kafzade) abraché*, A herati border (flowers) as well as four discreet spandrels surround the field of the carpet. Atypical carpet, beautiful realization.
*Abrache: term designating a variation of tones in the same color.
Iran kolyai : 2,28 x 1,22 m
Rug from Iranian Kurdistan (northwestern Iran) wool, cotton warp and weft, circa
1980. Good condition, some signs of wear on the edges.
Elegant koliaï rug with warm colors and original graphics inspired by previous creations. Like all Kurdish rugs, the wool is of excellent quality, which makes these rugs solid and durable. Ideal for a living room or a place of intensive passage. A central red medallion stands out against a background with a herati or samovari (diamond) motif. Four spandrels balance the carpet field. A beautiful red border highlights everything.
Note: a darker abrache in the field of the carpet.
Hosseinabad : 3,20 x 1,76 m Sold
Iranian wool rug, circa 1960. Good condition.
Beautiful hosseinabad in kelle design. A central medallion and four spandrels highlight the surface of the rug, consisting of the traditional mahi or herati motif on a black background, reminiscent of ancient Malayers.
Iran bakthiar faradoumbe : 3,00 x 1,70 m
Iranian wool rug, cotton warp and weft, 1940. Very good condition. Beautiful
Borders and breakpoints have been restored in our workshop. Solid carpet.
This magnificent faradoumbé is made up of the "göl farang" (French rose) motif reminiscent of the floral designs of Aubusson tapestries. A lot of attention and mastery when making this kellé format rug.
The influence comes from the Damask rose whose rose pattern inspired Safavid rugs, which in turn influenced European tapestries. At the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, this motif is found in the East on carpets and kilims from Karabakh (Caucasus), on certain Iranian carpets such as bidjars and sennehs, as well as on Moldavian kilims from the Balkans. Located in the west of Iran in the region of Chahar Mahal where live populations of “bakthiari” origin of Lur stock, the bakthiars take up traditional “garden” or “4 seasons” motifs which date from the Safavid period. , but also medallion rugs. The major achievements of the Bakhtiaris include the villages of Shahre Kord, Shalamzar, Tchalechotor, Sarman, Armenibaft as well as Faradoumbé with the göl farang motif. Reflecting local craftsmanship, it was from the second half of the 19th century that many carpet designs and patterns were developed, most often inspired by previous achievements. These creations testify to an ancestral know-how transmitted from generation to generation.
Kars Türkiye : 2,62 x 1,72 m Sold
Carpet from today's northwest Turkey, wool, wool warp and weft, circa 1970. Very good general condition. The breakpoints have been restored in our workshop.
Kars is located in ancient Eastern Armenia where a large Armenian community made carpets and kilims. The patterns are similar to Caucasian carpets from Armenia and Georgia. Kars was, in the 9th and 10th centuries, an important city in the Kingdom of Armenia. The 'dragon carpets' are attributed to the region of Yerevan and Kars. The tradition of weaving is ancient. Most often, woven and knotted by Armenians, made in small workshops or at home. Kars are called 'Turkish kazak' or 'kazak kars'.
On this beautiful piece we find two traditional medallions surrounded by several borders. A border on a beige background features the 'wine glass' and 'oak leaf' motif framed by four smaller borders, notably featuring the 'hook' or 'eagle's beak' motif. Beautiful colors and beautiful patina. Note a small stain (see photos).
Turkish : 1,97 x 1,04 m
Turkish wool rug, wool warp and weft, circa 1970. Good condition. Breakpoints
restored in our workshop.
Carpet inspired by the Caucasian 'Lesghi' of Dagestan. Three stars each composed of eight branches and four arrows, completed in the center of an octagon representing the universe. The main border consists of eight-pointed Medes stars on a beige background. Beautiful patinated colors.