Origin: Hamadan, Western Iran
Dated: Late 20th C
Hand Knotted 100% Wool Pile
Length: 95cms / 3.1 feet
Width: 76cms / 2.5 feet
Featuring a fairly typical, but boldly colourful geometrical design, this Hamadan rug is perhaps slightly more eccentric than the average in its overall feel. The large field is populated with twenty-five stepped geometric motifs punctuated further with semi and full rosettes. The colours used upon the red ground include sand, cream, cornflower blue, truffle and a further deeper red. These are all used in unison within the motifs and then reappear again within the narrow but playful 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.