Antique Persian Lilihan Rugs
Lilihan Rugs – Produced south of the city of Arak by Armenians in Persia, Lilihan rugs are known for their design. Traditionally designed with a curve linear lattice with traditional floral motifs these rugs also feature geometric designs. The primary characteristic of Lilihan rugs is the abundant use of pink although khaki and brown ornament the salamander background. Made with a long pile, these rugs are often mid-sized and favored by American tastes.
The visually stunning Lilihan rug is a favorite due to its durability, longer knotted pile, and vibrant colors. These Persian rugs are crafted by the Armenians in the Lilihan area, which is south of the city of Arak in Iran.
The distinguishing characteristic of Lilihan rugs and carpets is the rose color weft. Rose is the dominant color, but occasionally khakis or browns are seen. They are beautifully adorned with curvilinear patterns with floral motifs; however geometric patterns are sometimes used. In order to attract the American market, some Lilihans woven prior to World War II were washed and painted. This process caused the rugs to wear more quickly.
The Lilihan rugs are woven using the sturdy Hamedan (single weft) weave and using a symmetrical (Turkish) knot. The warp is usually cotton, and the weft can be made of cotton or fine wool. They are coarsely but tightly flat woven, which makes them extremely durable. The Lilihan rugs closely resemble Persian Sarouk rugs with an all-over pattern on a red or pink field, but unlike the Sarouks, they have a single weft construction. They come in a wide range of rug sizes, and the quality of these antique carpets can vary considerably.
With their velvety surface, distinctive colors, and exceptional detail, the long-wearing Lilihan rugs are an extraordinary work of art. Skillfully hand-woven by masters of their craft, these beautiful antique rugs will stand the test of time by lasting for many years to come.