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-E2853

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

REF-E2864

SIZE: 7X10 ft
295×210 cm
PERSIAN HERIZ
WOOL & COTTON

REF-E2865

SIZE: 7X10 ft
305×210 cm
PERSIAN HERIZ
WOOL & COTTON

REF-E2866

SIZE: 7X10 ft
305×210 cm
PERSIAN HERIZ
WOOL & COTTON

REF-E2871

SIZE: 14X11 ft
417×332 cm
PERSIAN NANAS
WOOL & COTTON

REF-E2872

SIZE: 14X10 ft
442×296 cm
PERSIAN NANAS
WOOL & COTTON

REF-N0389

SIZE: 6.6X4.6 ft
210X138 cm
PERSIAN MEMEH
WOOL & COTTON

REF-N0811

SIZE: 11X4 ft
320×137 cm
PERSIAN HAMADAN
WOOL & COTTON

REF-N2611

SIZE: 7.6X6 ft
227X175 cm
PAKISTAN KAZAK COLLECTION
WOOL & WOOL

REF-N2657

SIZE: 7X5 ft
212X153 cm
INDO QASHGAI
WOOL & WOOL

REF-N2669

SIZE:8X6 ft
234X175 cm
AFGHAN MAZAR-E-SHARIF
WOOL & WOOL

REF-N2677

SIZE: 7X5 ft
195X155 cm
AFGHAN MAZAR-E-SHARIF
WOOL & WOOL

REF-N2689

SIZE: 6.6X4 ft
200X128 cm
RUSSIAN AZARBAIJAN
WOOL & WOOL

REF-N2690

SIZE: 6.6X5 ft
200X123 cm
PERSIAN QASHGAI SOFRA
WOOL & WOOL

REF-N2701

SIZE: 6.9X9.6 ft
200X300 cm
AFGHAN KARGAHI
WOOL & WOOL

PERSIAN SHIRAZ KILIM

SIZE: 5X7 ft
PERSIAN SHIRAZ KILIM
WOOL & WOOL

ref-Z1965

SIZE: 4X6 ft
160X125 cm
PERSIAN AFSHARI

Ref-Z1995

SIZE: 6X4 ft
186X126 cm
PAKISTAN-MORI
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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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