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Rare Antique Farahan rug

Circa 1870
189 × 142 cm 6’2” x 4’7”


A rare early Farahan rug, with a beautiful classical drawing and stunning early dyes, dating from around 1870-1880..  On a rare natural off-white neutral background, a deep blue medallion and rich red corner spandrels, the pale blues are beautiful dyes too. The design is similar to that of the finest Mohtasham Kashan rugs, but the weave of soft cotton single weft and colour palette, and slight variation to the drawing say otherwise.  As Fereghan was not far away from Kashan in the Arak district, it is easy to see how weavers travelled and took influence from other weaving areas.  The result is an exquisite, complex design of scrolling flowers and vines, the intensity of the colours is something to behold.

The pile height is cut very fine and it has a medium to low pile in areas, some minor wear apparent, please view all the additional images.  It is missing one minor border at the top of the rug, sadly this was heavily damaged and our restoration workshop secured it straight to prevent any further losses.  Woven with the finest soft Kurk wool to produce this rug, which is the softest wool from a sheep’s neck.

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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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