Title: Semi-Antique Malayer Rug
Size: 1.96×1.26m / 6’5″x4’2″
Origin: Village of Malayer, North-West Iran (Persia).
Technique: Hand-knotted, single weft construction.
Material: Wool pile, cotton warps and wefts.
Colours and Design: Old gold with tomato red main border. Geometric pattern: an intricate all over repeating theme of boteh motifs.
Condition/Age: overall short pile with scattered re-piling from historic restorations (see images 5, 8, & 9), the ends are secured, clean, – ready for immediate use/display.
It dates from the 1950/60s .
The village of Malayer has a reputation for producing incredibly finely knotted single weft rugs. Malayer is located around 50 miles south from Hamadan, and the rugs produced are marketed in the Hamadan bazaar.
In terms of structure, many Malayer Rugs are similar to those of Hamadan: the weavers employ the Turkish knot and use a single weft construction method (i.e. one weft passes after each row of knots).
The Boteh is an ancient and widely used motif. It can be found in geometric formats as well as curvilinear lay-outs. The name “boteh” means cluster of leaves or shrub.
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