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.

REF-E2761

SIZE: 6.6X4 ft
203×117 cm
PERSIAN BALUCHI
WOOL & WOOL

REF-E2769

SIZE: 6.6X3.6 ft
205×108 cm
PERSIAN BALUCHI
WOOL & WOOL

REF-E2771

SIZE: 6X3 ft
176×93 cm
PERSIAN BALUCHI
WOOL & WOOL

REF-E2774

SIZE: 8X4 ft
245×135 cm
PERSIAN BALUCHI
WOOL & WOOL

REF-E2776

SIZE: 8X3.6 ft
235×105 cm
PERSIAN BALUCHI
WOOL & WOOL

REF-E2778

SIZE: 8X4 ft
223×113 cm
PERSIAN BALUCHI
WOOL & WOOL

REF-E2783

SIZE: 8X5 ft
227×152 cm
PERSIAN BALUCHI
WOOL & WOOL

REF-E2795

SIZE: 7X3.6 ft
212×108 cm
PERSIAN BALUCHI
WOOL & WOOL

REF-E2796

SIZE: 6X3.6 ft
190×100 cm
PERSIAN BALUCHI
WOOL & WOOL

REF-E2838

SIZE: 12X3 ft
345×90 cm
PERSIAN QAHSGAI
WOOL & COTTON

REF-E2839

SIZE: 10X2.6 ft
292×88 cm
PERSIAN QASHGAI
WOOL & COTTON

REF-E2840

SIZE: 21X5 ft
590×140 cm
PERSIAN SHIRAZ KILIM RUNNER
WOOL & COTTON

REF-E2842

SIZE: 5X7 ft
200×145 cm
PERSIAN OLD GARAJE
WOOL & COTTON

REF-E2846

SIZE: 8X6 ft
237×168 cm
PERSIAN QASHGAI
WOOL & COTTON

REF-E2847

SIZE: 8X6 ft
240×175 cm
PERSIAN QASHGAI
WOOL & COTTON

REF-E2848

SIZE: 8X6 ft
250×170 cm
PERSIAN QASHGAI
WOOL & WOOL

REF-E2849

SIZE: 8X5 ft
240×150 cm
PERSIAN YALLAMEH
WOOL & WOOL

REF-E2850

SIZE: 8X5 ft
240×150 cm
PERSIAN YALLAMEH
WOOL & WOOL

REF-E2851

SIZE: 8X5 ft
240×150 cm
PERSIAN YALLAMEH
WOOL & WOOL

REF-E2852

SIZE: 8X5 ft
240×150 cm
PERSIAN YALLAMEH
WOOL & WOOL
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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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