This gorgeous rug was hand woven by Sevde and her niece Leyla from November 2019 to January 2020. Sevde and Leyla are among our top weavers. Their rugs are usually distinct in that they prefer to weave very dense rugs with a tall piles. This runner is not exception. It is suprisingly heavy for its size and quite luxurious under foot!
This classic example of a Moghan long rug was likely woven in the Moghan plain that runs between northwestern Iran and the southern part of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Moghan rugs are often attributed to the Shahsavan tribe because they used to call the Moghan plain their home. Moghan rugs typically display a tribal aesthetic with simple geometric figures like the octagonal shapes that fill this field. These shapes are typically called “Memling guls” refering to Hans Memling, a 15th century Dutch artist who often included carpets with this exact ornament in his paintings. These rugs usually contain a dazzling variety of colors spontaneously woven throughout its design.
*estimated age of antique inspiration: circa 1870