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.

TRIBAL & VILLAGE CARPETS

REF-C0930
SIZE: 148×105 cm
PERSIAN YALLAMEH
WOOL & WOOL

TRIBAL & VILLAGE CARPETS

REF-C1997
SIZE: 380×80 cm
PERSIAN YALLAMEH
WOOL & WOOL

TRIBAL & VILLAGE CARPETS

REF-D1994
SIZE: 152×102 cm
PERSIAN QASHGAI SOFRA
WOOL & WOOL

TRIBAL & VILLAGE CARPETS

REF-D6316
SIZE: 245X170 cm
PERSIAN QASHGAI SOFRA
WOOL & WOOL

TRIBAL & VILLAGE CARPETS

REFE-2467
SIZE: 45X249 cm
AFGHAN BOKHARA
WOOL & WOOL

TRIBAL & VILLAGE CARPETS

REF-E0544
SIZE: 150×102 cm
PERSIAN QASHGAI SOFRA
WOOL & WOOL

TRIBAL & VILLAGE CARPETS

REF-E1588
SIZE: 198X150 cm
AFGHAN BOKHARA
WOOL & WOOL

TRIBAL & VILLAGE CARPETS

REF-E1595
SIZE: 287X200 cm
AFGHAN TRIBAL
WOOL & WOOL

TRIBAL & VILLAGE CARPETS

REF-E2486
SIZE: 194×149 cm
AFGHAN BOKHARA
WOOL & WOOL

TRIBAL & VILLAGE CARPETS

REF-E2653
SIZE: 340X98 cm
RUSSIAN AZARBAIJAN
WOOL & COTTON

TRIBAL & VILLAGE CARPETS

REF-E2479
SIZE: 232X177 cm
AFGHAN MAZAR-E-SHARIF
WOOL & WOOL

TRIBAL & VILLAGE CARPETS

REF-E2656
SIZE: 227X155 cm
PERSIAN OLD GERAJEH
WOOL & WOOL

TRIBAL & VILLAGE CARPETS

REF-E2695
SIZE: 520X380 cm
PERSIAN SARUK
WOOL & COTTON

TRIBAL & VILLAGE CARPETS

REF-E2712
SIZE: 213×103 cm
PERSIAN BALUCHI
WOOL & WOOL

TRIBAL & VILLAGE CARPETS

REF-E2741
SIZE: 215×105 cm
PERSIAN BALUCHI
WOOL & WOOL

REF-E2754
SIZE: 207×110 cm
PERSIAN BALUCHI
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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