Beautifully Artistic Small Size Antique Persian Malayer Animal Design Rug, Country of Origin / Rug Type: Persian Rug, Circa Date: 1900 – This striking antique Persian rug comes to life with both predator and prey. Malayer is a village in Persia that is known for exclusive, fine carpets. This antique Persian Malayer rug was woven at during a time when Malayer rugs were at the height of their production. It was produced at the turn of the 20th century and features a majestic winged lion proudly defending his territory.
The antique rugs from Malayer are typically of smaller size and tend to feature more angular and geometric design patterns. Many of the designs were specific to certain families or rug weavers. Each one is distinct with many traditional motifs found throughout.
This specific antique animal pattern rug features a lions, deer, and wolves. The colors are striking against a dark background. Outlining is used to make the figures stand out and to add detail. Pictorial rugs of this quality from Malayer are quite rare and the use of a mythological creature is even more so.
Lions are a traditional symbol of royalty and power. Persian lion rugs were made for those in the royal courts t symbolize that power and their position. The graves of warriors and important leaders were often adorned with the lion throughout Iran. The weavers of the more artistic rugs were highly creative in their use of imagination, color, and often gave he animals a human-like expression.
This small scatter size antique Persian Malayer animal design rug is in excellent condition and is a superb example of antique Persian Malayer rug weaving. It is surly a custom made rug that may have once been woven for someone of high importance and would make a majestic addition to any space and any collection.