The lot features an exceptional tightly woven Persian rug, from circa 1900-1940's from the Qashqai region. The majority of Qashqai people were originally nomadic pastoralists, and some remain so today. The traditional nomadic Qashqai of Iran travelled with their flocks twice yearly to and from the summer highland pastures north of Shiraz roughly 480 km or 300 miles south to the winter pastures on lower (and warmer) lands near the Persian Gulf, to the southwest of Shiraz. The Qashqai are renowned for their pile carpets and other woven wool products. They are sometimes referred to as "Shiraz" because Shiraz was the major marketplace for them in the past. The wool produced in the mountains and valleys near Shiraz is exceptionally soft and beautiful and takes a deeper color than wool from other parts of Iran. This particular rug features a conglomeration of tribal motifs in a unique red and blue color scheme. The rug appears to have a silk, cotton wool weaving with excellent sheen and color. It is in very good condition and measures 77" x 46"; would be praised at $4000-5000 in a gallery setting.
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