Village and Commercial Rugs from Iran

Hamadan Runner
19th Century,Wool pile
271.8 x 100.3 cm (107 x 39 1/2 in.)
Daniel Baldini Collection

Two regions—the towns and villages around Hamadan, and the district of Sarab—are known for producing carpets with camel-colored ground, of moderate width and considerable length. The carpets from these two regions use symmetrical knots and tend to be virtually indistinguishable from one another. It is likely that carpets such as this one were made in imitation of earlier, camel-colored felt mats. Recent scholarship on representations of carpets in Persian paintings indicates that such felts had a wide monochrome outer border and an inner border with a reciprocal motif, both seen in this carpet.