Kurdish Rug 02

(inclusive of taxes)


Material: Wool
Size: 3’10” x 4’7”
Origin: Bijar Region, Northern Persia


Made in the late 19th century, this rug is a Kurdish totemic kilim (flatweave) full of mythical symbols and iconic stories. The central diamond connotes the "evil eye" to ward off danger. The large medallion comprises the elibelinde icon (hands-on-hips female figure) symbolizing female fertility.

Tribal carpets are typically made by nomadic and semi-nomadic tribes from various parts of the world. Their designs are different from modern, commercial carpets, in that they are mostly raw, abstract and somewhat naïve. Typically, women weave the carpets without a set design in mind during the weaving process, which results in the variations in the patterns, and the irregular shapes of the carpets. These “perfect imperfections” are the delicate nuances, that add to the beauty of each one-of-a-kind handwoven carpet. Every tribal carpet has a unique story that comes from weaver’s thoughts and expressions. Elements like flowers, plants, human beings, birds, and animals such as dogs, sheep and camels often feature, giving a base to the storyline.