Shabby Chic Antique Persian Malayer Runner Rug, Rug Type / Country of Origin: Persian Rugs, Circa Date: 1920 – This magnificent Malayer carpet shows the skill and craftsmanship that makes rugs from this region highly desirable among collectors and interior designers. Malayer is a large territory in Northwestern Persia that includes both larger cities and smaller villages. Throughout the region, you can find carpets that reflect the formality of the carpets from established weaving centers, and more tribal designs. Several features make this gorgeous example stand out among carpets from this vast and diverse region.
The first thing that stands out is its formal design. It shows the symmetry and precision that you typically find in the formal carpet weaving centers of the cities. It has a repeating design executed with perfect symmetry from one end of the carpet to the other. This level of detail can only be created using a fine weave and by highly skilled and trained hands.
The overall feel of the carpet is antique with a bit of a Victorian flavor. It has an ageless quality and classic look that is refined and sophisticated. It uses earthy colors and has the classic darker background that makes Malayer rugs stand out. Calligraphy has been included in the design, supporting its origin in a formal workshop. This also suggests that it might have been a commissioned piece.
Many of the antique carpets from Malayer are smaller, with larger ones more difficult to find. This one uses an earthy color palette that would be perfect for adding a classic look to a room of earthy grays and browns. The soft colors and aged appearance give it a shabby chic look that will give the room character and romantic charm. It is the perfect match for a space with vintage elements and elements of the natural world mixed in. It would suit both traditional and modern interior styles and tastes. It has a feel that is gracious and refined.