A Collection of Oriental and European Carpets and Textiles

rug with vertical stripe design
shekarlu tribe
qashqai confederacy

circa 1900
231 x 180 cm (77 x 511)

Notes: asymmetrically knotted wool pile on a wool foundation
The pattern of multicoloured vertical bands that decorates this Qashqa'i rug is called moharramat and is usually employed on weavings of fine texture such as Sehnas (both pile and flatweave), Dorokhshs and very rarely on south Persian weavings. The design most probably originates from 18th century Kashmir textiles, imported in Persia from India following Nadir Shah's upheaval and considered items of great luxury. The ivory border of hooked octagons is a characteristic feature of the rugs from the Shekarlu tribe. These are considered to be the finest and rarest of Qashqa'i rugs, the best of which are distinguished, as in this example, by a silky lush pile that lends a gem-like quality to the colours. The excellent condition of this rug provides us an opportunity to fully appreciate the glorious weaving art of southern Persia.
Bibliography: J. Opie, Tribal Rugs of Southern Persia (Portland, 1981).



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