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Fine Antique Khamseh Tribal Persian Rug, Hand knotted, Circa 1890
Designs tend to come from settled tribal weavers so they mimic Qashqai, Khamseh (Basseri and Khamseh Arabs), Afshar, Abadeh and Luri designs. Since the weavers are using fixed looms the rugs tend to be larger and often coarser than their tribal counterparts.Shiraz rugs are not often very finely knotted, with both Qashqai and Abadeh both having a finer knot. Shiraz utilizes the Persian (asymmetrical) knot.
Some pieces feature Cyrus' white horse. The Shiraz carpet is the only rug to depict nightingales, which are shown as angular-shaped birds. These birds are said to symbolise contentment and happiness.
Khamseh refers to a nomadic tribal group from Southwestern Iran. Similar to Qashqai, these rugs feature intricate geometric motifs as well as saturated color. This Antique Khamseh rug was made in Southwest Persia, and is made of natural hand-dyed wool.