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Rare Antique Lesghi runner

Circa 1880
255 × 82 cm 8’4” x 2’8”


The Lesghian’s were the largest ethnic group in Dagestan, this fascinating tribe were known to be quite ruthless.  With all men having shaved heads, and born to fight, this was a tribe of warriors. Whilst the men were out at war, the women of the tribe looked after the children and knotted beautiful rugs and runners.  Producing beautiful examples such as this early antique Lesghi runner, dating from the late 19th century.

Their design of “Lesghi Stars” is very famous, this large star design running down the centre of the runner is their trademark pattern, with their neighbours in Shirvan borrowing the Stars for their weavings but they could not compete with the Lesghians in the clarity of the pattern.   Amazing natural dyes, with glorious greens, reds and pale blues, the off-white natural wool in the main border lifts the whole composition.  Corrosion to the black dyes due to the iron properties of the wool give an embossed effect.

A truly stunning tribal runner from the Caucasus, over 140 years old and in impeccable condition.  We can even see the original knotted ends in tact at the starting end, the other end would not have had the same knotting as they would have just cut it off the loom when finished.

We welcome hearing from you and arranging a home visit or requesting a visit to our showroom to see this rare example of tribal weaving up close.


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  • Purchase this tribal antique runner online and we shall safely deliver it to your home, with our excellent anti-slip rug underlay which is included in the price.  Or please contact us to view it at our barn showroom in Crondall, Surrey or to request further images.
  • If you are not completely satisfied with this antique rug we shall of course refund you in full once the rug is returned to us.
  • Free Shipping throughout the UK and we use a well-respected International Shipper for Europe and Overseas, as we have shipped carpets to Hong Kong and Australia in the past.
  • Members of The British Antique Dealers Association (BADA) and LAPADA since 2008.  Adhering to their strict guidelines and our carpets and rugs are independently vetted at their antique and art fairs every year.
  • We professionally wash all our carpets and rugs, plus our expert restorer who has over 30 years experience will secure fringes and sides if necessary.
  • Request a home visit to view this vibrant antique rug in your own home, let us know a preferred day and time to see you.  As we have travelled all over the UK visiting customers, up to Scotland, Ireland and even France and Belgium in Europe over the last 30 years.

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