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Antique Silk Farahan rug

Circa 1890
203 x 130 cm 6’7” x 4’3”
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A beautiful fine antique silk Farahan (Fereghan) rug woven in the late 19th century.  We can see some amazing abrash on this silk rug, (abrash is the term for dye change).  The weaver has used varying dyes of  purple and pale blue/greens to weave an exceptional work of art.  The vase design is elaborate and full of fine detailing.  We can see little hints of yellow dye used to.

This colour palette is a typical array of dyes for these elegant silk rugs from Fereghan (Farahan) in Western Persia.  The silk glistens beautifully when the light catches it.  Ideal to be used hung on the wall as a work of art as it is, or on the floor in a low traffic area such as bedroom.  The condition is good with only minimal minor preservation restoration in place and some small lower areas of silk pile, please do view all the additional images.  Missing a small amount at one end of about 2 centimetres. A rare and beautiful silk Fereghan rug, these are becoming very collectable.

Request a home visit to see this exquisite antique silk rug at home, you can select an ideal day and time that is convenient for you.  We have been travelling all over the UK since 1990 visiting customers and helping interior designers.

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Since the 18th Century, Fereghan rugs from between Arak and Kashan have ranked among the best fine rugs in Persia.  The various mosaic designs of these rugs, of which there are around 20 variants compose of, the famous ‘Herati’ pattern, central motif designs, tree of life prayer designs and diamonds filled with rosettes.  The border designs are ornamented with angular palmettes, leaves, rosettes.  Colours tend to be light blue, purple, or rare natural white.

Fereghan carpets are unlike their neighbours Sarouk which are more formal often using an elaborate central medallion. Fereghan weavers preferred floral motifs of shrubs and vines using more green dyes and hints of yellow.  Fereghan or Ferahan rugs were woven in the Arak district which was once the capital of Persia.  They wove a variety of designs with Sarouk-Fereghan rugs more classical in their structure and rugs from Malayer and Fereghan using palmettes, shrubs, geometric motifs.

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