Starting at the turn of the century and continuing into the early 20th, Persian weavers became increasingly aware of classical carpet weaving of the Safavid era, (1501-1722). This was largely a response to the growing appreciation of classical Persian and Ottoman weaving in the West and the acquisition and promotion of such carpets in European museums and private collections. While this Heriz carpet does not quite fall into the category of such 'renaissance' weaving, it too is looking at and faithfully reproducing a design originating over a century before. Rows of rosettes punctuate a deep red ground. From every other of these floral centers, four branches of foliage drawn in sky-blue emanates diagonally creating the effect of an all-over lattice. This design is perhaps first seen in 18th century formal carpets woven in the neighboring Kurdish enclave of Sauj Bulagh, also in Northwest Persia. It is found well into the 19th century on runners and smaller pieces woven by Kurdish tribal and village weavers as well. Hence two possibilities present themselves. This Heriz carpet may be based on similarly large formal carpets of the previous century or inspired by more contemporaneous tribal and village weavings.
Heriz rugEarly 20th Century
- Very good condition with somewhat diminished pile in areas.
- Probably originally exported to Europe. Not consistent with what was found in the US and this was sourced in Europe.
- 11' 0"
- 16' 2"
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