Origin: Hamadan, Western Iran
Dated: Late 20th C
Hand Knotted 100% Wool Pile
Length: 72cms / 2.7 feet
Width: 42cms / 1.4 feet
Of geometric design, the large field is flooded with X shaped motifs made up of five individual lozenges to each. Intricately woven, this Hamadan consists of four main colours; powder blue, saffron yellow, black and differing hues of red. The piece is finished by a narrow snaked and dotted border.
A large town in Western Iran, Hamadan is the market centre for many surrounding villages. Hand weaving in this area is a centuries old tradition, with each village having its own distinctive design and colouring. Many Hamadan rugs are of medium texture and are made with camel hair in hexagonal designs.
Hamadan pieces feature the Ghiordes knot and local wool is lustrous and tough, with the rugs being noted for their hardwearing qualities. Typically these rugs have borders harmoniously enclosing a large central field covered with the pine or cone pattern Mir-i-bota which is beautifully set on the plain ground.
Hamadan rugs are mostly found in smaller sizes, such as this piece, many of them being the work of nomads.