An exquisite design on this rare early antique Fereghan rug from Malayer region in Western Central Persia woven around 1860-1870, or possibly earlier. A larger palmette design with two cloud band motifs in the main centre of this rug, the border is also an earlier design less cluttered and intricate than the turn of the 20th century examples. The dyes are just remarkable with deep indigo blues and a variety of faded reds, early yellows we associate with rugs from Farahan and greens that make these rugs famous.
Fereghan carpets are unlike their neighbours Sarouk which are more formal often using an elaborate central medallion. Fereghan weavers preferred floral motifs of shrubs and vines using more green dyes and hints of yellow. Fereghan or Ferahan rugs were woven in the Arak district which was once the capital of Persia. They wove a variety of designs with Sarouk-Fereghan rugs more classical in their structure and rugs from Malayer and Fereghan using palmettes, shrubs, geometric motifs.
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