Oriental Rugs, Vintage Rugs, and Antique Rugs by Peter Pap

Kuchan Kurd

c. 1900

While the majority of the population of Kurds in Iran is located in Northwest Persia, a sizable Kurdish enclave is located in the Quchan area within the northeastern province of Khorosan. This region borders Central Asia to the north and east. The Kurds here was forcibly resettled from their homeland in the west during the 17th century by the imperial Persian government under Shah Abbas II. Quchan Kurd weaving is thus an amalgam of traditions brought by the ancestors of these Kurdish weavers from Northwest Persia with local Khorosani influences, most notably Turkmen and Baluch weaving. This exceptional example of the genre uses a diverse color palette, lustrous soft wool, and bold geometric design. Rows of 'Memling guls' and latch-hook diamonds are traced on either side of two large pendantive medallions, each with a central eight-pointed star. While this design has come to define Quchan pile weaving, its origins like that of its weavers, lies further west in Kurdestan. Indeed, the geometric nature of these pendants may recall a time centuries ago when there may have been more commonality between the Kurdish weaving of Northwest Persia and neighboring Eastern Anatolia. The border system is dazzling and imbued with a sense of movement and is reminiscent of both Kurdish types as well as several other disparate Persian tribal weaving groups.

Mint condition.
Being sold on behalf of a private owner.
4' 8"
7' 10"

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