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-A9667

SIZE: 6.6X4 ft
207×134 cm
PERSIAN OLD BAKHTIARI
WOOL & COTTON

REF-B0365

SIZE: 16X11 ft
510×330 cm
RUSIAN TURKEMAN
WOOL & WOOL

REF-B1679

SIZE: 5X3.6 ft
149×113 cm
PERSIAN BAKHTIARI
WOOL & COTTON

REF-B2398

SIZE: 6.6X5 ft
215×151 cm
RUSSIAN CHECHNYA
WOOL & WOOL

REF-B2825

SIZE: 10X7 ft
316×220 cm
PERSIAN MEMEH
WOOL & COTTON

REF-B4957

SIZE: 5.6X3.6 ft
156×110 cm
PERSIAN YALLAMEH
WOOL & WOOL

REF-B6034

SIZE: 9.6X3.6 ft
282×108 cm
PERSIAN HERIZ RUNNER
WOOL & COTTON

REF-B6057

SIZE: 10X3.6 ft
300×106 cm
PERSIAN HERIZ RUNNER
WOOL & COTTON

REF-B6073

SIZE: 6X2.6 ft
198×92 cm
PERSIAN YALLAMEH
WOOL & WOOL

REF-B6284

SIZE: 12X5 ft
340×155 cm
PERSIAN HAMADAN
WOOL & COTTON

REF-B6286

SIZE: 12X3.6 ft
340×117 cm
PERSIAN HERIZ RUNNER
WOOL & COTTON

REF-B6823

SIZE: 9X6.9 ft
301×206 cm
AFGHAN KARGAHI
WOOL & WOOL

REF-B6935

SIZE: 14X3 ft
427×92 cm
PERSIAN HERIZ RUNNER
WOOL & COTTON

REF-B7219

SIZE: 6X4 ft
202×128 cm
PAKISTAN MORI
WOOL & COTTON

REF-B7290

SIZE: 6X4 ft
183×124 cm
PAKISTAN MORI
WOOL & COTTON

REF-B7460

SIZE: 10X2.6 ft
300×90 cm
PAKISTAN MORI RUNNER
WOOL & COTTON

REF-B8325

SIZE: 6X4 ft
198×126 cm
PERSIAN OLD KASHAN
WOOL & COTTON

REF-B8330

SIZE: 6X4 ft
190×140 cm
PERSIAN OLD FARAHAN
WOOL & COTTON

REF-B8577

SIZE: 8X11 ft
337×249 cm
RUSSIAN IRAVAN
WOOL & WOOL

REF-B9244

SIZE: 10X3 ft
295×101 cm
PERSIAN QSHGAI
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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