Antique Oversize Persian Malayer Carpet

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11'6" x 19'4" - 351cm x 589cm
C 1900
Wool pile, cotton warp & weft
Very good with low pile area
Step into the allure of history with this magnificent over-sized antique Persian Malayer carpet, measuring an impressive 11'6" x 19'4". Transporting us back to the late nineteenth century, this rug not only bears the marks of time, evident in its gentle wear, but it also stands as a testament to the enduring quality of Persian craftsmanship. The regal blue background serves as a captivating canvas for the overall geometric designs that adorn this masterpiece. The rug's condition, while reflective of its age, only adds to its charm and authenticity. The fine quality that permeates every inch of this creation is a tribute to the skilled hands that brought it to life. What makes this Malayer carpet truly exceptional is not just its size, but the captivating interplay of colors and designs that dance across its surface. The tribal weavers of Malayer, often of Turkish descent, utilized the Turkish knot in the creation of this rug. The Gourde knot, symmetrical in nature, distinguishes itself from the asymmetrical knots found in many traditionally Persian rugs. Adding to its uniqueness, antique Malayer rugs were deliberately given a low-cut pile. This meticulous trimming served to accentuate the intricacies of the design, creating a visual feast for admirers. Beyond the aesthetic appeal, these rugs were technically crafted to elevate the artistry embedded in the woven patterns. Dive into the rich tapestry of designs that Malayer rugs offer. Local weavers, driven by artistic ingenuity, produced an array of traditional patterns, ranging from dense all-over motifs to lozenge-shaped medallions set against chic monochromatic backgrounds. While angular motifs dominate, finer Herati patterns introduce subtle curvilinear details, adding a layer of sophistication. The enchantment doesn't end with the field; antique Malayer rugs are known for the meticulous attention bestowed upon their borders. These skilled weavers poured their expertise into creating richly detailed borders that rival the spectacular patterns found within the rug's expanse. Among the notable patterns is the Herati design, named after the city of Herat in Northwestern Afghanistan. This recurring motif features a flower within a rhomb, encircled by four acanthus leaves or "fishes." The Herati pattern is a common sight on handmade carpets from Iran, and its repeated motif adds a touch of timeless elegance to the rug. In essence, this antique Persian Malayer carpet is not merely a floor covering; it's a journey through time and a visual testament to the craftsmanship of a bygone era. Embrace the grandeur, the stories, and the artistry woven into every fiber as you welcome this extraordinary piece into your space.