Antique Malayer Carpet, Country of Origin / Rug Type: Persian Rugs, Circa Date: 1920 – Malayer carpets have a beautiful tribal quality that comes from centuries-old traditions passed down from generation to generation. This beautiful, earthy Persian carpet was produced around 1920. Malayer carpets are known for their smaller size pieces and bold geometric designs.
Malayer carpets are produced in a region that consists of many smaller villages. Individual weavers weave most of the carpets in their homes as a cottage industry. They come from villages that have a strong sense of community, and women weavers would often help each other with their creations. They are typically thicker carpets and exceptionally warm.
Many of the designs are similar to those produces in other regions around them, but you will also find some unique designs that are a result of the artistic choices of the individual weaver. Within each rug, you can experience a bit of the personality of the weaver and the traditions that have been handed down to them through generations of carpet weavers.
One of the more common motifs in Malayer rugs is the boteh motif, which represents a seed or flame. In this carpet, you can find a stylized boteh in the main border of the carpet. In this case, the weaver chose to stylize the motif into a flower bud. Other traditional motifs can also be found, including the diamond, which can represent a woman.
The symbols and large, geometric florals of this antique carpet are beautiful, but it is the color scheme of the carpet that draws the attention. It uses a wide range of browns and a touch of blue-gray to create the design. This carpet shows artistry in the ability to arrange the colors to create contrast in the carpet using only a limited color palette. The use of color in this carpet is rich and blends beautifully with the tribal motifs.
This carpet is the perfect piece for a Boho chic or tribal interior design. It has a warm and inviting feel through its color, design, and connection to the traditions of the artist. This is a lovely, smaller piece that would make the perfect accent rug, or perhaps become part of a layered design. It will lend an earthy quality to any room décor that will create a cozy space.