Beautiful Antique Northwest Persian Runner Rug, Country of Origin: Persian, Circa Date: 1900 – The mellow saffron yellow background of this antique Northwest Persian rug makes it a unique and beautiful piece for any home or office. This magnificent and rare antique Persian rug was created around the the turn of the 20th century and represents an important example of tribal art from the area. Saffron was first introduced into ancient Persia over 2,500 years ago. Since that time, it has been important commodity as a food seasoning, for its medicinal qualities and, as this tribal rug demonstrates, as a superior yellow dye.
This magnificent antique hallway runner rug has an allover design that is based on a series of floating hexagonal geometric patterns. The use of more uniform rug designs and patterns in the center field creates unity in the design. However, several points of interest can be seen surrounding these central floral motifs. Various geometric shapes, some with meaning and others for beauty, can be seen scattered throughout the design.
The antique Persian tribal and primitively designed runner rug has a lot of attention placed on the creation of symmetry. This is quite unusual to see in the more primitive area rugs that were woven over the centuries as the more symmetrical pieces tend to be higher quality and finer weave area rugs that were usually created in the more developed urban cities. The more uniform design and patterns gives this impressive antique rug a sense of balance, but the differences and nuances in the smaller details add quite a bit of interest.
This is a well maintained antique Northwest Persian Rug that has retained the beauty of its color over the years. It is an excellent example of tribal art and the use of saffron dyes. This piece undoubtedly stood out as an exquisite piece at the time that it was created, just as it does today.