malayer carpet


  • Size : 306* 222 cm
  • Date : circa 1910
  • Foundation : warp and weft are made of wool
  • knots : symmetric
  • piles : short

One favorite motif found in antique Malayers is the Boteh, representing a sprouting seed a sign of rebirth and growth in nature. Often, entire fields in smaller rugs and runners will be covered with botehs. The shape of the boteh can be seen in the design of this Malayer carpet in different sizes. A number of Boteh motif can be seen in parallel horizontal rows. Although some have compared this motif to a chicken, flower leaf, tree, flame, but the assumption of close resemblance  to cypress tree seems more reasonable, which has a special place in miniature painting and Persian literature.  The complexity of these patterns and their repetition in horizontal rows creates a dramatic design. The Boteh pattern is a universal design and is woven by placing the Boteh motifs in horizontal rows. After a while , the approach of various coloring of the Boteh’s, motivates the innovative weavers and the method of placing a repetitive pattern in the horizontal rows doubled the impact of this approach . and this was the beginning of the golden age of shrubs.  .  The role of the plant reached its peak when the richness of color and the freshness of the color added movement to the continuity and flow of this design.


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