Phenomenal Antique Persian Qashqai Area Rug, Country Of Origin / Rug Type: Antique Persian Rugs, Circa date: 1880 – This stunning tribal antique Persian Qashqai rug offers slim linear designs and visual volume. The slender woven strips, in a variety of warm, vivid color tones, create a subtly composed, yet dynamically perceived, rug design. The small, elaborate woven designs feature a wide array of small layered patterns and tribal designs.
The larger design of the border frames the center field of many colors in a pleasing neutral and light contrast. The overall effect of this collection of myriad designs offers a similar sensibility to the viewer as some elegant Persian miniature paintings provide.
These antique rugs take their name from nomadic Persian tribes that have lived in the region that is currently southwest Iran for multiple centuries. The Qashqai people lived previously in Central Asia and the Caucasus region for numerous centuries before moving to their current location. The Persian rugs that were woven by the Qashqai people are gorgeous and offer wonderfully detailed tribal design innovations.
The stunning carpet designs created by the Qashqai tribe often reflect the distinctive creative styles of the Turkmen people, Caucasian and other tribal groups. Even today, members of the Qashqai tribe favor the use of natural rug dyes for creating vibrant or subtle carpet colors. In early traditional times, Qashqai tribal artists wove designs into antique rugs from memory, without the help of a rug cartoon or guide.
The field designs of these carpets may include an abundance of different images. Geometric shapes, medallions and various abstract designs are common. A varied selection of objects is also frequently included in these fascinating rug designs. Many historical events and personal stories are woven into these breathtaking carpets and rugs. Commonly used images are of people, animals, everyday household objects and natural elements like combs, scarves, plants, flowers and other featured items.
Woven on vertical rug looms by creating thousands of rug knots, these stunning Persian tribal rug designs display different degrees of quality based on the density of these knots. Persian Qashqai carpets are composed of durable wool and cotton. They are soft when touched, but they lack deep or very thick piles. Many contemporary homeowners today seek Persian Qashqai carpets because they desire extra-durable rugs for use in highly trafficked areas.
After their arrival in Persia, the Qashqai people settled in the Caucasus amid the majestic mountains of Azerbaijan. This is quite a distance from their home today in southern Persia. Later, they relocated to the Fars province, which has remained their home since the early 16th century.