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  • Place of origin:

    Iran (made)
    Hamadan (made)

  • Date:


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    In Storage

Physical description

Warp: brown; wool; Z3S; not depressed; 16 knots per sq. inch (64 per dm).
Weft: white; cotton; Z3S; 3 shoots per row (occasionally 4); 8 rows of knots per sq. inch (29 per dm).
Pile: wool; red, yellow, green, light green, dark blue, blue, light blue, pink, dark brown, light brown, and white (11 colours); symmetrical.
Side finish: 2 cords overcast with light brown cotton.
End finish:
Lower: incomplete; 2cm plain weave with light brown cotton.
Upper: incomplete but evidence of 2.5cm plain weave with white wool above 1 row of weft twining of white wool.
Field: 2 light brown elongated hexagons in a row, each with a central lozenge, are filled with dark vertical stylised stems with diamonds and triangles; each lozenge has a white ground with a vertical and horizontal bar on which are a number of rosettes reduced to octagons with 2 pairs of decorated leaves lying diagonal. The sides of the field between the hexagons are 2 halves of this lozenge with a quarter at each corner.
Inner border: white ground with blue meander bearing square blossoms alternating with rosettes and with square and round buds.
Middle border: an elaborate reciprocal trefoil in dark blue and light blue. In the lower part the light blue has faded.
Outer border: unpatterned, light brown, probably undyed.

Place of Origin

Iran (made)
Hamadan (made)




Length: 120 in, Width: 38.5 in, Weight: 9 kg

Object history note

Purchased from Vincent J. Robinson & Co., 34 Wigmore Street, London.

Descriptive line

Middle East, Textile, Carpet; Carpet, wool knotted pile on wool warp and cotton weft, elongated medallion design with plain beige borders, Hamadan or Sarab region, Iran, possibly 1850-1875

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Raoul E. Tschebull, "Persian Village Rugs. Sarab", Hali 79 (February-March 1995) pp.89-97


Middle East Section

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