This Week’s Wednesday Wishlist: Antique Persian Malayer Runner
Antique Persian Malayer Runner Rug– Every Wednesday, The Nazmiyal Collection features one spectacular example of a hand-made vintage or antique rug from its vast catalog. We select each piece based on its aesthetic beauty, conceptual merit, and history. To see how we’d style this week’s selection, check out our Wednesday Wishlist Pinterest board!
This Week’s Wednesday Wishlist is a lovely antique Persian Malayer Carpet. The bold color scheme and geometric design of this piece embody classic Malayer style, which is known for combining vibrant reds and blues with an angular, Northwest Persian patterning. “Malayer” refers to the province the rug was made in, which is a region located within the province of Hamadan. This rug contains several instances of symbolic Persian imagery, including the Evil Eye motif and traditional stylized floral details, giving the rug an auspicious, meaningful flair. According to tradition, the Evil Eye motif is a protective symbol, which helps to ward off nefarious spirits, while floral motifs represent abundance, fertility, and long life.
One of the charming constants of antique Malayer rugs is the importance placed on creating richly detailed borders that rival the spectacular patterns featured within the field, which this carpet is a wonderful example of. Weavers in Malayer consistently put great effort into creating exquisite borders, which often include both elaborate geometric and floral designs.
The rustic look of this rug is perfect for an eclectic, contemporary space. At approximately three feet wide by nine feet long, it would be a stylish hallway runner, or a lovely accent piece in a larger room. This rug would work equally well in a more traditional setting, paired with neutral colors and natural materials.
How would you style this Malayer rug? Tell us in the comments!