Antique Persian Malayer Runner Rug, Country of Origin: Persia, Circa Date: 1920 – Malayer rugs are favorites among designers because of their tribal charm and unique character. They often feature bold colors and repeating motifs. This runner rug will make a beautiful addition to a hallway or other long, narrow space. Its repeating motifs create rhythm, but the artist used color in a way that creates interest.
Tribal Malayer rugs were part of a cottage industry, but a few traditional looms existed that produced rugs on a larger scale. Many rugs from small villages were narrow, like this one. The rug was rolled onto a bar as it was created. This means that the weaver had to continue the pattern from memory because they could not see what had been done before. Rugs of this scale were typically a result of many people working on them at once.
Each weaver used their teachings and added a unique artistic touch to the piece. This makes the rug a tribal treasure because it represents the culture of the village where it was created. Interior design is moving away from pieces that appear to be mass-produced in favor of those that show signs of the human element.
The story behind the motif goes back to pre-Islamic times when it is thought to represent the story of Mithra, the God of Light. The original design often included a human face in the center of the flower and fish surrounding it. After the adoption of Islam, human and animal figures were no longer allowed, the human faces became flowers only. The fish were replaced with leaves that often took on a fish-like form.
The deep, contrasting colors of this rug give it a regal character and earthy feel. The deep blues and garden theme of the rug are reminiscent of the reflecting pools that were often a part of the palace courtyards and gardens of the Safavid Dynasty. The precision and skill of the rug weavers stand out to create a striking design that will bring energy to the space.
The designs of Malayer rugs are often stylized versions of ancient symbols. This rug is loosely based on the “fish” design, which consists of a flower with four leaves that is repeated across the design. The design varies by region and artists will add their own touch. This gorgeous runner rug with its fascinating design will make an excellent addition to your home or business.