Malayer rugs


  • Size : 190 * 113 cm
  • Date : circa 1930
  • Foundation : warp and weft are made of cotton
  • knots : asymmetric
  • piles : short

Malayer oriental rugs are woven in the Malayer area in NW Iran between the 2 major weaving areas of Sarouk and Hamadan. The close proximity to these areas gave the Malayer weavers the opportunity to choose characteristics of both for use in designing their own rugs. Two types of Malayer rugs were the result. One of these more closely resembled the Sarouk and the other the Hamadan. The designs of the Malayer oriental rugs tend to be fairly geometric and abstract. Typically, they range from diamond or hexagon shaped medallions to all-over patterns such as the classic Herati and various other motifs. Stylized birds, flower heads, and vine and lattice patterns are also used by these weavers. The central field of the rug usually has an intricately patterned medallion that is understated and not overwhelming to the overall design. The coloring is predominantly shades of red and the field patterns and border motifs seem to be almost interchangeable. However, geometric patterns are also found in these rugs and many other colors besides red are seen, these rugs are usually woven on cotton foundations


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