Antique Western Persian Village Rug Feraghan or possibly Malayer Rug / Antico Tappeto Persiano
Dimensions: Medium Area Rug
71 X 47 Inches
Date: Late 19th early 20th Century
Origin: Western Persia
Material: Hand woven wool on cotton foundation
Dyes: Pure organic root and vegetable dyes.
Pile: Wool hand spun wool
Warp: Hand spun cotton foundation.
Condition: Overall in good condition with traces of ageing and usage. Mostly even wear across to knot heads with faint localised foundation showing through.
In Stock, One of a kind, no other available.
Toward the end of the 19th century, carpet merchants in Tabriz in Northern Persia began to enjoy strong demand for carpets from the West. To meet demand, by 1875 they had organized rug weaving in and around the town of Arak (formerly known as Sultanabad) in north-western Iran. By 1883, Western companies had established their own presence in Arak (Ziegler and Company was the first and most important) and were producing rugs with Western tastes in mind.
One of the earliest of the new breed of Arak District Persian rugs were known as Ferahans—not Ferahan Sarouks, but simply Ferahans.
Ferahans seem to have been made from about 1873 until perhaps 1913. Ferahan carpets were one of the rug-making genres displayed at the Vienna Exhibition of 1873, which ushered in broad Western interest in the Oriental carpet.
Investment-level Ferahan rugs were not produced after the 1910s, and the finer 19th- and turn-of-the-20th-century examples have become quite rare. Nearly all were in Herati designs unbroken by Ordinarily they were in long and narrow sizes, like 7 ft by 15 ft—though a few roughly 4 by 6 ft pieces were made . They were asymmetrically knotted and single wefted. Many were prized for the color of their borders.
Antique Malayer rugs were woven in the small town of Malayer, located south of Hamedan on the road to Arak. Malayer and the surrounding villages produced some of the most decorative of Persian village weavings. At the finer levels, each Malayer Oriental rug is distinct, the weavers having drawn on a large pool of designs, investing much originality in their creation. wool pile is often cut fairly short to accentuate the detail and clarity of the design. Most Malayer rugs and carpets are single-wefted, resulting with white cotton warps being visible on the back of the rug.
The rug exhibits an all -over covered field in a Herati motif (diamonds flanked by flower heads and leaves) atop a beautiful slightly abrashed field, intricately detailed the rug exhibits yet another Malayer design element that of stylised birds scattered throughout, adding a whimsical touch. Fantastic coloration, many in the gem tone family. With a deep Indigo blue ground colour as a rich backdrop there is an exquisite spectrum of secondary tones: sage green, watermelon, sky blue, soft salmon, gold, madder root red, terracotta rust, cobalt blue, sapphire blue, slate blue, antique ivory. Particularly attractive is the slightly abrashed bold dominant triple border of elaborate, geometric stylized flowers and foliage add to the dramatic appeal.
Your rug will be supplied to you having been carefully conserved using appropriate rug conservation methods, ready for in-home use! To complement this rug we will supply a green, eco-friendly rug pad made of natural fibres for the underlining . No fire retardants, no unnecessary or unexpected chemicals. It is safer for you, safer for your family and safer for the environment. Ideal for use under any fine hand knotted rug over hardwood floors / wood, marble, tile, laminate: serving with excellent traction across most hard surfaces. Thinner profile allows for tight door clearances while also permitting your carpet to breathe with ventilated mesh construction. Mold, mildew and insect resistant with manufacturers guarantee for 20 years from purchase.
Many years of enjoyment to come with this hand knotted Persian rug.