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Rare Antique Afshar runner

Circa 1880
422 × 101 cm 13’10” x 3’3”


A stunning and very rare natural ivory ground antique Afshar runner woven in the South-West of Persia with a beautiful array of natural colours.  This antique runner from the late 19th century has also retained its beautiful Kilim end finishings at both ends, which often gets worn away.  In great condition with a soft handle and medium high pile.  Woven on a soft wool foundation, they tend to be light to touch and come in a variety of designs.   It is rare to encounter a runner from the tribal weaving area of Afshar as they produced small rugs primarily.

Dyes are natural and full of outstanding colours produced from vegetables, beetles and plants.  These antique dyes are what make antique carpets, rugs and runners so desirable and collectable.  Just like a piece of art or antique furniture, the patina on furniture enhances the look and feel.  Ancient rugs have this characteristic too, with their natural dyes adding so much charm and warmth.  This runner is full of this, especially with the ivory natural wool as a great background canvas to the other colours.  The abstract palmettes and floral motifs are specific to Afshar designs and the minor borders can be seen on varied weavings from all over Persia.

In very good condition for its age of 140 years old, amazing original kilim ends are still attached, with stunning colourful side cords. The medium pile height is good, with only a few areas of lower pile.

Request a home visit to see this exceptional and rare antique Afshar runner in situ, we travel all over the UK, from Surrey to Scotland showing our carpets in customers homes.  Or purchase this runner on our website and we shall ship it straight to your door.

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Afshar’s are a tribal group which originally came from Azerbijan, between the Tigris and Euphrates, but after a dispute in the late 16th century with the Turkish sultan they left their homeland for their location during the late 19th century in the south of Persia.  They produced amazing tribal weavings with varying patterns, palmettes, boteh patterns and more geometric designs using animals and people.

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