Handmade Persian Qashqai wide runner
315 x 103cm (10'4 x 3'5)
An absolutely wonderful Persian Qashqai tribal wide runner. The colours pop, and the decoration is traditional in parts and quirky in others. The wool used for this piece is soft and warm underfoot. The Qashqai people often make camp around the ancient Persepolis site, where lions and horses' heads remain on columns. These are sometimes replicated in the Qashqai rugs.
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This carpet has been made in Iran, although Persian is still used for the rug trade. 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 the Qashqai Tribes in Iran coincided with the conquests of Genghis Khan in the thirteenth century.
The Qashqai designs are not written or drawn but passed on to daughters who watch their mothers early 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 piece is knotted by the weavers who sit cross-legged upon the floor and the carpet whilst they craft their art; meanwhile, the men and boys will be out tending and protecting the animals. As well as the traditional lozenge-shaped ground with medallions in the centre repeated in the corners will often include birds, animals, flowers, and trees that they see around them. 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.
We recommend the use of an underlay with this product:
315 x 103cm (10'4 x 3'5)
- 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:
- Specialist Cleaning only.
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