Heriz Handwoven Tribal Rug, J71149
Size: 4' 1" X 6' 2"
Pile Fiber: Wool
|4' 1" X 6' 2"
|4 X 6
|Nomadic Persian & Turkish
The rug originates from Afghanistan, well-known for its quality rugs reflecting tribal aesthetics. Crafted using the Heriz design, this rug showcases a remarkable mixture of history, artistry, and resilience common to Afghan weavings. The core material of the rug is a combination of wool on cotton, a typical element that contributes to the durableness and tactile comfort of the rug.
In terms of the design, one of the main characteristics of an Afghan Heriz rug is its geometric features and its tribal themes. This rug eloquently follows the traditional Heriz design. In the center, a beautiful and generously proportioned light blue medallion becomes the focal point. The medallion is surrounded by dark blue, red, and cream color geometry that creates an energetic layout across the rug's light blue background. This medallion is repeated symmetrically within four quadrants of the rug's field, adding a balanced rhythm to the overall design.
Around the central layout, an intricate variety of borders encircle the rug. The main border showcases a repeating pattern on a pinkish-red background with larger stylized floral motifs and geometric forms in similar dark blue, cream, black, and hints of yellowish-green hues seen in the medallion. The main border is further bookended by narrow secondary borders with a cream backdrop. On this backdrop, smaller floral motifs are presented in matching colors that coordinate with adjacent design elements.
The rug's visual aspects suggest deliberate artificial aging or distressing to evoke the appearance of vintage pieces. This distressed look entails variations in color saturation and the softening of detailed motifs across the rug. It is an aesthetic choice alluding the rug to craft techniques employed in traditional, ancient handwoven textiles.
In regards to the Heriz design history, it originates from the village of Heris in northwestern Iran. Renowned for their striking geometric designs, bold colors, and impressive durability, these rugs, often seen with dominant medallions, have been crafted from high-quality wool since the 19th century. Influenced by Persian court textiles, Heriz rugs served to cater large carpet exports demanded by Tabriz merchants.
Historically, the weaving style of the Heriz rugs has roots in the 13th century with the Mongol invasion in northwestern Iran. As a consequence, carpet weaving turned into a frequent winter occupation in the region. The climatic conditions in the Heriz region led to finer wool production, a defining material in these rugs. Over time, nearby tribes including Turkish, Armenian, and Kurdish societies further influenced the design and technique of Heriz rugs, thereby introducing a unique fusion of cultural aesthetics into these rugs.
Notable for their dense piles, Heriz rugs exhibit long-lasting durability. Their color palette includes hues that could easily harmonize with diverse interior settings, particularly those featuring woodwork. In the ongoing global rug market, Heriz rugs maintain their distinct appeal, durability, and cultural relevance, attributable to the preservation of authentic craft techniques through the years. Each rug produced, including this one, pays homage to this rich history and labor-intensive craft, resulting in a product that is as beautiful as it is enduring.