Posted on: April 14, 2020
Antique Spotlight – Persian Senneh Carpet
Ever wonder how a handwoven Persian carpet maintains its beauty for over a century? When it comes to a real Persian Senneh carpet, it is all in the technique. Continue reading to learn more about the functional and aesthetic artistry of this exquisite handmade textile.
Woven in 1900, this antique Persian Senneh carpet measures 4’6″ x 8’6″ and remains in great antique condition. Centuries-old techniques employed by its weaver are the reason why. Her everlasting wool pile was handspun and colored with vegetable dyes. Furthermore, she used the asymmetrical Persian knot. This is benificial because it yields a tighter and finer weave. Ultimately, however, functional longevity is the technical beauty of a true Persian Senneh. This carpet survived the century because of the harmony between its warp, weft, and pile. The white foundation of the carpet is never seen because the yarns of these three components are perfectly balanced in their respective diameters. As such, walking on this carpet does not cause the friction that would damage the wool via heat. That is why these Kurdish-made carpets rarely show wear, even after 120 years.
The carpet’s design further enhances the technical skill of its weaver. Its central field features a “cheshmeh gol” motif. This literally translates to “well of flowers” and figuratively depicts a river flowing through a bed of flowers. The allusion to water inspired the indigo yarn behind the array of pink and red flowers. The paisley shape of the flowers is also notable as paisley is an historic Persian symbol for fire. The four cream corners filled with similar flowers represent the third element – earth.
Moving on to the border, its multiple bands of varying thicknesses provide an essential addition to the carpets overall beauty. They are a testament to the weaver’s keen eye for proportion. These geometrically adorned bands not only frame the field, but they also visually provide proportional balance to the carpet as a whole. This same proportional balance is exacted on a smaller scale as well. The curves in the field’s flower motif complemented by the angular geometry seen in the borders. The variety of styles and motifs in this Persian Senneh meet in an equilibrium. It does not pull attention away from any one aspect, but rather works together harmoniously to bring out the best qualities of each.
You can find this Persian Senneh carpet, along with other handmade antique and contemporary carpets, for sale online at Orley Shabahang’s 1stdibs storefront. Additionally, you can visit Orley Shabahang’s website to find a remarkable selection of antiques. Ranging from formal to tribal designs, we are sure to have the perfect piece of history for your space.