Rug of the Month

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011: Painted Lilihan Rug

return to our site The district of Arak and its surroundings in the Markazi Province were part of the ancient settlements of the Iranian Plateau. Markazi translates to “central” and this region was included in every Persian Empire going back to the Medians in the first millennium BC. It features harsh, dry summers and severe winters which made it unappealing to the invadingContinue reading “011: Painted Lilihan Rug”

010: Mid-Century Swedish Rya

return to our site Scandinavia is a region in northern Europe that shares many linguistic and cultural aspects. It consists of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. It is sometimes loosely expanded to include it’s fellow Nordic countries of Finland and Iceland as well. The first people migrated to the region around 15,000 years ago following the last glacial period. Hunters-gatherers were initiallyContinue reading “010: Mid-Century Swedish Rya”

009: Tibetan Ganesha Rug

return to our site Historically the areas designated as Tibet were within the Himalayan plateau, a region defined by a high-altitude ecosystem surrounded within the largest and most forbidding mountain ranges in the world. The Tibetan peoples were primarily a semi nomadic people that were distinct from their largely agrarian Chinese and Indian/Nepali neighbors who lived in the moreContinue reading “009: Tibetan Ganesha Rug”

008: Yomut Turkmen Ensi

return to our site The Turkmen are a nomadic people of Central Asia who live primarily in Turkmenistan, Iran, Afghanistan and Uzbekistan. Turkmen culture is a largely oral culture, lacking a written history. It is believed that they are at least in part descended from Oghuz Turks who migrated to the region from the SiberianContinue reading “008: Yomut Turkmen Ensi”

007: Navajo Yei Rug

return to our site Early Navajo descendants crossed over into Alaska from Asia around 25,000 years ago and eventually migrated into the Southwest some 600 – 800 years ago. There they encountered the Pueblo, who had been living there for thousands of years, whom they called Anasazi (Ancient Ones). From them, they learned how to grow corn, cotton andContinue reading “007: Navajo Yei Rug”

006: Agra Prayer Rug

return to our site The Mughal era began in 1526 when Babur, a Turkic chieftain from Central Asia invaded Northern India. Babur was a descendant of both Genghis Khan and Tamerlane and the empire would later take it’s name from this lineage. With “Mughal” being derived from Mongol. A distinct Indo-Persian culture was developed throughContinue reading “006: Agra Prayer Rug”

005: Antique Mina Khani Baluch Rug

return to our site Baluch refers to a people that span from eastern Iran, into western Afghanistan and reaching throughout Pakistan and into the Punjab state of India. They are composed of many distinct groups that share common language, culture and customs. Traditionally they were mostly nomadic but currently many have adapted to settled life. The highest quality weaving, with theContinue reading “005: Antique Mina Khani Baluch Rug”

003: Afshar Masnad

return to our site A masnad rug would be spread on top of another rug as a special seat for the most respected guest upon their visit. The majority of masnads are woven to accommodate one person, although sometimes they would be larger, potentially for a bride & groom. This seating tradition continued until the 19th century. The AfsharContinue reading “003: Afshar Masnad”

002: Armenian Kakavik Rug

return to our site Armenian rugs tend to feature more curvilinear floral designs, with elaborate blossoms. They were traditionally created for the Russian markets, who tended to favor these types of designs. Partridges (kakavik, pronounced gugku-veek) hold an important place in Armenian culture. They are featured often in Armenian poetry, and can be used for ceremonial purposes.  We sourcedContinue reading “002: Armenian Kakavik Rug”

001: Kurdish Lattice Rug

return to our site Kurdish weavers traditionally use bright colors, which mimic the bright colors of the plains and mountains encountered during migratory passages.Besides an area in the north of Iraq, Kurds have no national borders but inhabit vast areas throughout the mountainous regions throughout Turkey, Iraq and Iran. Smaller numbers reside in Armenia andContinue reading “001: Kurdish Lattice Rug”