Tribal Antique Persian Kurdish Runner Rug, Country of Origin / Rug type: Persian Rugs, Circa Date: 1920– The Kurdish tribes have inhabited parts of what is now Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Azerbaijan, and areas of the Caucasus Mountains for thousands of years. Their traditional tribal rug designs have delighted collectors and designers with their primitive motifs and earthy color schemes. Traditional Kurdish rugs come in a wide range of styles from all-over designs to medallion rugs. Kurdish rugs tend to take on the characteristics of local rugmakers in the area and add a unique touch that distinguishes them.
The motifs in the rug are a result of thousands of years of tribal tradition and have special meaning for those who understand them. Nature plays an important role in the lives of the Kurdish people, and they continue to represent the world around them in the motifs and colors of these gorgeous pieces. These symbols are so old no one knows where they originated, but many of the meanings are universal among the Kurdish people.
The symbol on the outer edge represents running water, a precious resource that is vital to their lives. If you look closely, you will see representations of human figures. These represent humanity’s relationship to the natural world. One unique point to mention about this rug is that human representations are typically of women on Kurdish rugs, as women were the weavers. The figures on this rug are male.
You will also find representations of various plants and animals throughout the design. Some of them appear to be sheep or goats. The eight-pointed star found throughout this rug is a symbol of happiness. The stair-stepped figures in the inner border of the rug represent mountains, perhaps those that surrounded the village.
This charming runner rug features a natural color scheme that would be perfect for a space that reflects the natural world. Within its threads, it tells an intriguing story of a people and the world in which they lived. This piece would be an excellent addition to a tribal-inspired room with large plants, pottery, and other art pieces made with natural materials. It is a beautiful piece that adds a casual feel to the space, making it the perfect touch for creating a cozy sanctuary for relaxation.