Kurdish Bidjar Mina Khani circa 1890 150 x 272cm 4'11" x 8'11"
The handle on this rug reminds you of why Bidjars can be nicknamed the 'Iron' rugs of Persia. It is built like a tank with a very durable depressed weave and feels stiff and hard to the grip. Whilst it has seen some wear, I believe there is another lifetime of use left in it, due to this extraordinary toughness and, what a beautiful design and colour! Rare to find the red ground Mina Khani and the drawing is charmingly naive- exactly what we rug lovers look for in a good old rug. The vines are jigging around the big flower heads, no two rows are precisely the same, which lends a characterful energy to the field. All framed by a classic 'Oak leaf' border on a corroded brown ground. Some wear but mostly original condition with a reweave to one corner and a partial rebuild of one end border- expertly done.
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