a rug with hexagonal hooked medallions
cm 111 x 248 (3'7" x 8'2")
symmetrical knot on a wool foundation
The horizontal arrangement of the design of this piece is characteristic of the rare rugs ascribed to the Jaf tribe, which is located in the Kermanshah region of West Persia. This tribe is known to us essentially for their saddlebags (khorjin), typically woven by employing offset knotting (as on this rug) to produce an honeycomb pattern of lozenges containing hooked devices. The extraordinary quality of the wool and the rich colour palette are characteristic of the best Kurdish tribal weaves.