Amazing Antique Persian Karajah Rug

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4'10" x 6'1" - 147cm x 185cm
C 1920
Wool pile, wool warp & weft
The dominating color in the older rugs is a dark shade of red. The secondary color is usually a variety of red tones tending towards orange. Green is almost always used as an accent. In keeping with the color tends in western countries, the newer pieces have lighter colors on an ivory background. The dyes used in these rugs are 100% natural. Karaja rugs have very unique patterns that are different from the other rugs produced in this region. The field is covered with a repeating medallion design and all of the medallions have a very simple, geometric shape. The only other types of rug that features this repeating medallion design are those produced by the Turkamen tribe, who originate in the northeastern region of Iran. The bold motifs and patterns predominantly resemble insects, leaves and crabs. Although not very commonly seen, Karaja rugs also feature small sprigs of leaves and flowers or bushes, placed in very specific patterns throughout the field of the rug. The more commonly used pattern consists of rows of repetitive patterns, consisting of paisley or pear motifs placed within diamond Formations. Some of the floral motifs are more stylized whereas others are more conventional in that the flowers, leaves and stems have a more realistic shape. Karaja rugs are created in Karaja, a small village located the northwestern region, about 35 miles from Tabriz, another major rug weaving center. The village is pretty isolated and accessible only by a single unpaved road.