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Right between Shiraz and Isfahan lies the city of Abadeh. To a visitor it does not offer much but, utility carpets of good quality are manufactured in this city.

Originally, carpets from Abadeh had patterns of vases and rather insignificant colors. The carpet had some difficulties holding onto the market and the weavers searched for new patterns. They were inspired by the Ghashghai/Qashqai nomads who had their summer pastures in the area. The carpets have a red-brown nuance combined with blue and with medallions in the middle and corners.

As an authentic Persian Abadeh area rug this also features a large hexagon in the middle with a bow or a medallion and at the corners, a variant of the Heybatlou-pattern. The field is covered with small pictures of birds, four-legged animals together with trees and flowers. They are good utility carpets since they are very firm, hardy and durable.

The Qashqa’i (pronounced KASH-kai) are a nomadic people who roam across the harsh deserts of southwest Iran. Although they are made up of many different linguistic, cultural, and tribal origins, they all call themselves “Turks.” Qashqai Turki, their spoken language, does not yet exist in written form; most of them communicate in the Farsi language instead.

We know very little about their history, except that the Qashqa’i left central Asia in the 11th century AD and began entering Iran. Nothing else is recorded about them until the mid-18th century when the ruler of southern Iran appointed a Qashqa’i as the tribal leader of a province.

100% hand spun wool, hand knotted in Shiraz Iran, circa 1970’s, Excellent Condition.
The Qashqai carpet continues to hold a special place in the world of oriental rugs, as it expresses a superlative level of both craftsmanship and creative inspiration. And it is no wonder, when two elements remain central in Qashqai culture – “il rah,” the tribal road, and their joyous weaving. As the Qashqai say – “Where I am is my carpet. Where my carpet and I am is my home.”

Age

Circa 1970's

Material

Wool

Rug Type

Area Rugs

Shape

Rectangle

Style

Tribal

Size

3'4"x5'0"(101cm x 153cm)

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