A richly coloured long Kelleh carpet from Farahan, western Persia with a pale main border and lighter outer borders. The main field background colour is deep blue with pale blue flowers and leaves used on the small repeating Herati design. The pile height is very high all over, the condition is very good indeed. Woven in the early 20th century the dyes are muted due to the carpets age.
Farahan or 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 Farahan rugs were woven in the Arak district which was once the capital of Persia. They wove a variety of designs with Sarouk-Farahan rugs more classical in their structure often with medallions and elaborate scrolling corner designs the rugs from Malayer and Fereghan used more palmettes, shrubs and geometric motifs. The famous ‘Herati’ design was common a design used on Farahan carpets dating back to the 16th century depicting two fish swimming around a water-lily, which over the centuries has been stylised to a flower and two leaves.
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