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Old December 6th, 2017, 11:28 PM   #1
HannahBirss
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Default Rug Identification?

I recently came into three oriental rugs. I have no idea where they are from or how old they are, and whether or not they are worth being professionally appraised. Any ideas?

http://imgur.com/dM6fVfa
http://imgur.com/R4p1eux
http://imgur.com/5rVvImo

more pictures here - https://m.imgur.com/a/i8AHs

Thanks so much!
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Old December 7th, 2017, 03:13 PM   #2
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My estimate in order of the images: Afghan, after 1980; Serab (Caucasion?), after 1950; Hamadan, after 1930. We would know a bit more with images of the back.
Taking these to a reputable dealer will give you more accurate information and an oral valuation is usually gratis. Only you can determine if a written valuation is worthwhile. We can not discuss valuations on this website.
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Old December 7th, 2017, 11:48 PM   #3
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Hi Hannah,

I concur with Marvin on your rugs, except that I think the third one is from Zarand, which is in the southeasterly part of Iran not very far from Kirman, the principal city in the area. Hamedan, which is toward the northwesterly part of Iran, is a collection center for hundreds of villages in the vicinity, a number of which produce rugs that resemble yours in general layout and design, and frequently as to palette as well. However, they feature certain weave characteristics that are distinguishable from your rug. Zarand rugs, along with most Hamedan rugs, are usually of medium quality.

Besides Serab for the runner, we should also mention Mishkin (“Meshkin,” "Meshgin," etc.) which is a town not too far north from Serab in the very north-northwesterly part of the country. Both locations are known for runners with geometric designs, often lozenges or medallions lined up like the ones on your rug.

The small mat initially struck me as a coarse example of weaving from the area in and around Shiraz, where the stylized birds of your piece abound (in rugs!). But Marvin is no doubt right about it coming from Afghanistan.

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Old December 8th, 2017, 12:30 AM   #4
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'evening Rich
At first I also thought Shiraz for the first rug, but the rug and selvedge seem too thick; therefore, I fell back on an Afghan copy of a South Persian design.
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Old December 8th, 2017, 12:54 AM   #5
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Hi Hannah,

Oops! I don't mean to make you crazy, but upon further scrutiny of your images of the third rug you posted, I believe it may be from the area of Zanjan ("Zenjan," etc.), Iran, which is about six or seven hundred miles northwest of Zarand. I attributed it to Zarand based on a hasty assessment of the weave as shown in your images.

In spite of the distance between the two places, certain of the designs they produce are not dissimilar. However, the layout of your rug, with 'a field within a field' (i. e., the red field within the gray/black), with the large white medallion within that featuring heavy pendants at each end, is characteristic of Zanjan.

As I post this, I see Marvin has weighed in with additional comments about the little mat. His point about the thickness of the rug itself and the selvedge refers to the fact that weavings from the tribal groups around Shiraz (in southwestern Iran) tend to be more refined than your mat. Afghan work would be more likely to be thicker and heavier. In that regard, I will say that rugs reportedly woven in the city of Shiraz itself are said often to be coarser than the tribal product. I am not especially familiar with those products. It would seem either venue is possible for the mat.

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