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Posted on: February 12, 2019

Antique Spotlight

This rare antique Persian Mishan Malayer carpet, circa 1870, has effortlessly stood the test of time with its unique colorway and design.

This exquisite village rug was created in the small town of Mishan, hence its name. Malayer carpets acquired from the village of Mishan are renowned for their exceptional quality and highly sophisticated weave. This particular piece measures 4’6″ x 6’5″ and is in excellent antique condition.

Woven almost 150 years ago, this Mishan Malayer was created with the same raw materials and processes that many of its contemporary well-made antiques employed. Beginning with a cotton warp and handspun wool weft, the weaver hand-knotted this magnificent piece from start to finish. Its vivid reds, oranges, pinks, and blues were all created using organic vegetable dyes gathered from nearby flora. The cream, gold and taupe tones were also created using organic vegetal dyes, and work together create an overall soft and harmonious design. What is especially unique to this carpet is the undyed camel wool background surrounding its central medallion.

Because this rug was made in a village rather than a city, its design was fabricated from the heart and mind of its weaver. This improvisation only adds to the impression that the carpet leaves on its onlooker. Taking a deeper look into the carpet’s design, it becomes evident that the weaver utilizes a medallion design to express her story. In the case of this specific medallion, the four points of the central medallion represent the four elements: earth, fire, wind and water. The rest of the field is filled with varying floral motifs.

Orley Shabahang is proud to showcase Oriental antique carpets from its world-renowned collection on our 1st Dibs Storefront. Visit us online or at one of our showrooms to find this heirloom rug, a variety of antiques in excellent condition, and an array of contemporary Persian carpets.