Antique handmade Qashqai rug
Handmade Oriental rug
263 x 150cm (8'8 x 4'11)
This is a wonderful collector's piece, a special handmade Persian tribal piece from an established Swiss collector. Many of his works became available, and the Jennings family were pleased to acquire some of them. The piece is possibly from the turn of the last century and is unusual as it contains replicating mir boteh designs. The rug has a low pile and is extremely fine—a beautiful rare piece.
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It is wonderful to imagine that you could buy a rug that traditional nomads have created. This Qashqai piece is your chance to do exactly that! The wool pile is a mid-length and soft feel; the colours are typical of what you might expect from these weavers using natural dyes.
This carpet has been made in southwest Iran, although Persian is still used for the rug trade. Thus, we would generally expect Kashgai rugs (Iranian term) to be made by the last genuinely nomadic people of the region. The Qashqai tribal confederation comprises five major tribes: the Dareshuri, Farsimadan, Sheshboluki, Amaleh, and Kashkuli. Though these versions differ, we believe that the arrival of the Qashqai Tribes in Iran coincided with the conquests of Genghis Khan in the thirteenth century. Twice a year, these nomadic people wander between the Zagros mountains and the Persian Gulf, constantly looking for new grazing for their animals.
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 two or even three generations involved. The work is knotted by the weavers sitting cross-legged on the floor and the carpet whilst they craft their art. Meanwhile, the men and boys will defend and protect the animals. As well as the traditional lozenge-shaped ground with medallions in the centre repeated in the corners will often include a myriad of birds, animals, flowers and trees that they see around them. Occasionally, if you are very fortunate, you will come across one with the horses head of Persepolis. As you would expect, these carpets are hand-knotted with wool that has largely been vegetable dyed. The Kashgai pieces often have an interesting selvedge with bi or tricolour windings like a barber pole. The other distinctive characteristic is that the rug will be knotted on a wool foundation.
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We recommend the use of an underlay with this product:
Foxi-underlay to provide grip to stop handmade rugs from moving
For uneven surfaces, we would recommend our Felt underlay:
Felt underlay for uneven floors
|263 x 150cm||(8'8 x 4'11)|
- Vacuum using suction only Please do not vacuum fringes
- We recommend an underlay to prolong the life of your rug and to protect against possible dye transfer.
- Spot Cleaning:
- Blot spills with absorbent cloths, do not rub or use detergent cleaning products. Spot clean with minimal liquid using soap-based products, preferably using the froth or lather.
- Full Clean:
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