Origin: Persia/ Southern Iran
Hand Knotted 100% Wool Pile
Length: 242cms / 8 feet
Width: 140cms / 4.6 feet
Habitually designed and wonderfully suggestive, the Shiraz with a stepped diamond outline enclosing a number of lozenges with rosettes in and around them with the symbolic tree of life also appearing, colourfully, to the north and south of the central motif. The multi-coloured rope twist border provides a suitably nomadic finish.
Shiraz rugs are the work or nomads and are fairly soft. Traditionally these rugs were knotted on a foundation of wool and cattle-hair, with a woolen pile. Qashgai tribes make these lovely rugs and many of them are collected for transport in the town of Shiraz in southern Iran.
Shiraz pieces are generally more loosely knotted than, for example, Qashgai rugs. The colours of the ground are red and blue, more rarely cream, and often rather defined. The design usually bears a stepped diamond out-line which encloses a number of stylized, geometrical animal and flower patterns. In rugs from this district the edges are often bound with different colours of worsted, and it is not unusual to find little tassels adorning them.
This is a near antique piece, with a well-aged appearance and texture, meaning it would sit exceptionally well in a room where vintage and antique are the overriding sensation.