Rug of the Month
The feature rug for July is this beautiful, semi-antique Persian Hamadan. This rug is a rather unique piece, likely woven in the 1940s in the Hamadan region of Iran. Hamadan is in the western area of Iran and is known for the rugs they produce. The rug-making region of Hamadan is large and the rugs from this area vary greatly in design and quality, but the reputation of Hamadan is that the rugs are high-quality and extremely durable. This rug is no exception as you can see how well it has held up for the last 75 years! This rug measure 2'7"x4'10". It has a variety of design elements throughout with four distinctive medallions through the center. It is the design of this rug which makes it so unique. The design and palette of the rug is that of a Karaja, a rug-making region in the Northwest of Iran. Many weaving regions have distinct design elements which makes rug identification easier. Karaja rugs tend to have repeated medallions and simple borders with predominate reds and blues in their rugs, just as this rug does. The weave of the rug (obvious by observing the backside) tells us the rug was woven in Hamadan, however, and just made to look like it came from Karaja. A truly unique rug from Iran!