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A great example of original tribal rug art from an indigenous Persian tribe whose existence predates Islam. Very few early examples come on the market, or appear in rug literature, the vast majority being of later date with more sterile, predictable drawing. This piece features the complete range of early Lori tribal symbolism including a number of human figures that rarely appear in this clear form on other SW Persian tribal work. Woven on brown wool and goats' hair warp, the pile yarns all dyes with good natural colours, this rug is a rare piece in very good, original condition. The only flaw is that many of the actual fringes at the upper end have been re-inserted, but done very sensitively in good, hand spun brown and ivory wool.
Ref: J. Opie, Tribal Rugs of Southern Persia, p.117
This jewel of a rug is an outstanding example of Persian tribal art in perfect, original condition. Having been hung on a wall for much of its previous life it has remained untouched by wear or dirt, the original hanging rings still present and the pile full throughout.
The large "boteh" design is well documented in Khamseh weavings, sometimes known in the West as "Paisley" from the shawls woven in Scotland in the 19th C. Here, the large "boteh" contain small Tree-of-Life motifs with smaller "boteh", symbolising a "mother-and-child" image with symbols of fertility. A wonderful, perfectly preserved masterpiece of original Persian tribal rug art.
Ref: J. Opie, Tribal Rugs of Southern Persia, p.102-103.