Tribal Carpets

Tribal Persian carpets are weavings of nomadic and semi-nomadic people. From the nomadic desert tribes to the mountain villages, these striking designs are made with hand-spun wool and natural dyes.

INDO-TRIBAL

SIZE : 4X6 ft
INDO TRIBAL
WOOL&COTTON

INDO-TRIBAL

SIZE: 5X7 ft
INDO TRIBAL
WOOL & COTTON

PAKISTAN-CHECHNYA

SIZE: 6X6 ft
PAKISTAN CHECHNYA
WOOL & WOOL

PAKISTAN-DARYA

SIZE: 4X6 ft
PAKISTAN DARYA
WOOL & WOOL

PERSIAN-SHASOVAN-KILIM

SIZE : 4X6 ft
PERSIAN SHASOVAN KILIM
WOOL, SILK & COTTON

PERSIAN SHIRAZ KILIM

SIZE: 5X7 ft
PERSIAN SHIRAZ KILIM
WOOL & WOOL

PERSIAN SHIRAZ

SIZE: 5.5X3.5 ft
PERSIAN SHIRAZ
WOOL & WOOL

REF-5803

SIZE: 10X13 ft
384X303 cm
PERSIAN HERIZ
WOOL & COTTON

REF-5908

SIZE : 13X9 ft
365X275 cm
PERSIAN HERIZ
WOOL & COTTON

REF-5919

SIZE: 10X13 ft
399X298 cm
PERSIAN HERIS
WOOL & COTTON

REF-5920

SIZE: 10X13 ft
390X308 cm
PERSIAN HERIZ
WOOL & COTTON

ref-A0082

SIZE: 5X7 ft
217×155 cm
PERSIAN AFSHARI
WOOL & COTTON

REF-A0153

SIZE : 5X7 ft
210×150 cm
PERSIAN BORCHALU
WOOL & COTTON

REF-A0362

SIZE: 8X6 ft
265×165 cm
PERSIAN SHIRAZ
WOOL & WOOL

REF-A0435

SIZE: 5X3 ft
140×85 cm
PERSIAN OLD MALAYER
WOOL & COTTON

REF-A0879

SIZE: 10X3 ft
313×97 cm
PERSIAN KOLYAIE RUNNER
WOOL & COTTON
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Tribal carpets are made in traditional designs for traditional uses, primarily individuals and their families. These carpets are constructed on collapsible, horizontal looms and thus are often smaller (narrower) than village or city carpets. They are distinctive for their simplistic, dramatic colour schemes and angular designs. Most designs are passed down from generation to generation and are often executed from memory, usually consisting of repeated motifs. Due to the itinerant nature of these tribes, dyeing and weaving are often started in one place, disrupted when the tribe travels and finished in another location, resulting in uneven coloration and sometimes lopsided designs and shapes however this doesn’t detract the beauty of the carpet. Each carpet is made entirely unique, reflecting the personality, customs and aesthetics of the weaver. The value of the tribal Persian carpet is therefore usually linked to the time and effort made to create it. The quality and availability of the materials also contribute to the value of the carpet, given that the tribes may not be able to get the same materials in different locations.

Each tribe employs different tribal motifs and patterns and each carpet is a testament to its tradition. Tribal carpet designs have an ancient lineage. The symbols found in tribal rugs and tribal weavings predates the symbolism found in some of the existing revealed religions, as proven by anthropological and archeological evidence. They include trees, snakes, dragons, birds, flowers, deconstructed and abstracted humans, geometric patterns and other elements. These symbols are not just purely decorative but can be traced back to centuries ago when they were first used to signify, represent or record important events or ideas that occurred. Some of these symbols also became more abstract as time passed.

Tribal Persian carpets even when woven for commercial purposes, by now sedentary tribes that no longer follow the nomadic life, still retain their identity of purpose. That is, each rug is made for specific use such as a prayer rug, the eating rug, the front door rug etc. Even commercial tribal carpets retain their identity of use. The most famous carpet-producing tribes are Baluchi, Qashgai, Shahsovan and Afshari.

The Orientalist’s intricate relationships with the tribes and villages mean we can provide an unsurpassed selection from very diverse regions.

The Orientalist

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