Oversize Garden Design Tribal Persian Antique Qashqai Rug, Country of Origin: Persia, Circa Date: Late 19th Century – This Persian carpet is a reflection of a people who continue to live a lifestyle that is quickly disappearing. This vibrant carpet represents the traditions and community that depend on these carpets for their utility, but as you can see, they also have a beauty that is unmatched. This carpet was produced in the late 19th century and has a tribal charm that makes it a special piece.
The Qashqai is a tribal culture that packs up their entire village and moves between summer and winter grazing lands seasonally. The carpets are often produced on small looms that can be easily transported and quickly set up again to begin work. The designs and colors that are used change, depending on what is available to them in in their current location. They spend their summers in the southern Zagros mountains of Persian, then trek over alpine meadows and mountain passes to their winter land near the Persian Gulf.
Throughout this trek, the plant materials available for dyes may change. The designs of the carpets are based on traditional patterns that have been handed down through the generations. Diamond motifs are quite common among the works of these weavers. They are also known for their use of bright vivid colors. Many of the designs are a reflection of the natural world around them.
This carpet uses a repeated motif throughout the field and borders of the design. However, the artist chose different colors each time they repeated the design, adding interest and variation. There are several unusual colors in this carpet, particularly the olive green, yellows, and a range of earthy browns.
The placement of the background colors is seemingly unplanned, with no discernible pattern. The weaver seems to have made these choices as she went along, according to her fancy. This gives the carpet an individual character and makes it a representation of the thoughts and feelings of the weaver at that time.
This a magnificent antique rug with a design that develops organically along the vertical plane of the piece. This carpet is a connection to the individual weaver and the disappearing cultural heritage of which they are a part. This piece has a tribal feel and would make the perfect addition to a Boho chic, or any collection.