Handmade Persian Bonat rug
Handmade Oriental rug
180 x 113cm (5'11 x 3'8)
This tribal rug has a plush soft, deep pile. The panel design is not typical for a Bonat, especially with stylised roses in the boxes. The colourings are relatively subdued, as I think this piece has had some use in Iran, which has helped mellow the colours. The rug is in perfect condition and is very practical and hard-wearing, making it ideal for any location in the home.
It is incredible to imagine that you could buy a rug that traditional wandering nomads from Iran have created, and this piece is your chance. The wool pile is mid-length and has a lovely soft feel to it. The colourings are typical of what you might expect from these weavers using natural dyes. These are very much earthy shades.
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This carpet will have been made in southwest Iran, although Persian is still used for the rug trade. It is very similar to Qashqai rugs. Therefore, we would generally expect Kashgai rugs (the Iranian word) to be made by the last genuinely nomadic people of the region. The Qashqai tribal confederation comprises five major tribes: the Dareshuri, Farsimadan, Sheshboluki, Amaleh, and Kashkuli. Though these versions differ, we believe that the arrival of the Qashqai Tribes in Iran coincided with the conquests of Genghis Khan in the thirteenth century. These nomadic people wander between the Zagros mountains twice a year to escape the harsh winters and the Persian Gulf in springtime, constantly looking for new graze for their animals.
The Qashqai designs are not written or drawn but passed on to daughters who watch their mothers early and gradually develop their skills in a family environment. It would be fair to say that the women will make these pieces with two or even three generations involved. The piece is knotted by the weavers who sit cross-legged on the floor and the carpet whilst they craft their art. Meanwhile, the men and boys will defend and protect the animals. As well as the traditional lozenge-shaped ground with medallions in the centre repeated in the corners will often include a myriad of birds, animals, flowers, and trees that they see around them. Occasionally, if you are very fortunate, you will come across one with the horse's head of Persepolis. As you would expect, these carpets are hand-knotted with wool that has primarily been vegetable dyed. The Kashgai pieces often have an exciting selvedge with bi or tricolour windings like a barber pole. The other distinctive characteristic is that the rug will be knotted on a wool foundation.
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We recommend the use of an underlay with this product:
Foxi-underlay to provide grip to stop handmade rugs from moving
For uneven surfaces, we would recommend our Felt underlay:
Felt underlay for uneven floors
|180 x 113cm||(5'11 x 3'8)|
- Vacuum using suction only Please do not vacuum fringes
- We recommend an underlay to prolong the life of your rug and to protect against possible dye transfer.
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