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-A0892
SIZE: 375×90 cm
PERSIAN SENNEH RUNNER
WOOL & COTTON

TRIBAL & VILLAGE CARPETS

REF-A0901
SIZE: 336×109 cm
PERSIAN GARAJE
WOOL & COTTON

TRIBAL & VILLAGE CARPETS

REF-A6504
SIZE: 156×107 cm
RUSSIAN IRAVAN
WOOL & COTTON

TRIBAL & VILLAGE CARPETS

REF-A1139
SIZE: 320×115 cm
PERSIAN KOLYAIE
WOOL & COTTON

TRIBAL & VILLAGE CARPETS

REF-A1296
SIZE: 334×137 cm
PERSIAN AFSHARI
WOOL & COTTON

TRIBAL & VILLAGE CARPETS

REF-A1300
SIZE: 257×135 cm
PERSIAN GHOLIZADEH RUUNER
WOOL & WOOL

TRIBAL & VILLAGE CARPETS

REF-A1388
SIZE: 381×277 cm
PERSIAN BIDJAR
WOOL & COTTON

TRIBAL & VILLAGE CARPETS

REF-A1525
SIZE: 290×197 cm
PERSIAN OLD SHIRAZ
WOOL & WOOL

TRIBAL & VILLAGE CARPETS

REF-A1612
SIZE: 200×133 cm
PERSIAN HAMADAN
WOOL & COTTON

TRIBAL & VILLAGE CARPETS

REF-A6346
SIZE: 319×220 cm
RUSSIAN IRAVAN
WOOL & COTTON

TRIBAL & VILLAGE CARPETS

REF-A1843
SIZE: 387×305 cm
PERSIAN SENNEH
WOOL & COTTON

TRIBAL & VILLAGE CARPETS

REF-A2142
SIZE: 375×275 cm
PERSIAN OLD NANAS
WOOL & COTTON

TRIBAL & VILLAGE CARPETS

REF-A7541
SIZE: 163×115 cm
PERSIAN OLD PRAY MAT
WOOL & WOOL

TRIBAL & VILLAGE CARPETS

REF-A7566
SIZE: 303×98 cm
AFGHAN BORCHALU RUNNER
WOOL & WOOL

TRIBAL & VILLAGE CARPETS

REF-A8137
SIZE: 394×84 cm
PERSIAN GARAJE RUNNER
WOOL & COTTON

TRIBAL & VILLAGE CARPETS

REF-A8533
SIZE: 156×110 cm
PERSIAN BAKHTIARI
WOOL & COTTON

TRIBAL & VILLAGE CARPETS

REF-A6589
SIZE: 218×133 cm
RUSSIAN AZARBAIJAN
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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