Northwest Persian rug

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From collection of James Opie



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Living as a regional minority in several Middle Eastern countries, the Kurds are perhaps the most diverse weavers in the region. In eastern Anatolia and northern Mesopotamia they are responsible for an array of tribal and village weavings with mainly geometric drawing and vivid color. Meanwhile, the Kurds of Northwest Persia, established formal workshops that wove rugs and carpets often involving fine curvilinear drawing in a ‘perisanate’ style as well as less formal village workshop pieces and domestic weavings colored by local folk traditions. This Northwest Persian Kurdish piece exemplifies the later of these two types. Woven with a predominance of undyed camel wool pile in both the field and border, this charming Kurdish village rug matches rustic materials with an equally rustic folk sensibility.