Breathtaking Antique Persian Malayer Runner Rug, Country of Origin / Rug Type: Persian Rug, Circa Date: 1920 – This breathtaking Malayer rug from the 1920s is the perfect way to bring a bit of nature into the room design. Its colors are earthy and its gorgeous floral design reflects the colors of late summer and early autumn. Aside from its beautiful colors and design, it is also special for another reason.
Malayer rugs are known for their splendid designs and color combinations. This one shows the work of an accomplished artist. The rug has an all-over pattern that is based on an ancient, traditional design called the herati, or “fish” motif. This motif is believed to have developed during the 15th century in Northwestern Afghanistan in the city of Herat.
Malayer rugs often feature herati designs, but this one has been stylized to reflect the artistry of the weaver. Rather than the traditional acanthus leaf version that is more common, the artist substituted different flowers to achieve a similar effect as the traditional herati design.
This is a gorgeous runner rug that is perfect for a larger room. The small scale of the design will create contrast in a more expansive space. It has a sophisticated, formal feel that is perfect for a traditional room.
Malayer rugs can range from ones with a more tribal feel, or to ones that have the sophistication of those produced on city looms in the major rug weaving centers. This rug has a precision of a carefully laid out and executed city rug.
Malayer rugs have recently begun to gain popularity among rug aficionados and collectors. This Persian rug shows magnificent artistry and weaving skill. It is a piece that will make a beautiful foundation for any home or office design. It stands out for its unique variation on a classic and ancient design.