Large Karaja Heriz with Inscriptions
590 x 395 cm (19' 4" x 13')
Persia, late 19th century
Condition: very good, scattered low pile but not worn, minor small repairs, both ends minimally incomplete
Warp: cotton, weft: cotton, pile: wool
Karaja is one of several weaving villages in north-western Iran's East Azerbaijan province that adopted popular Heriz designs in the last quarter of the 19th century, in response to world market demand.
While generally the cottage weavings of these villages are grouped as Heriz carpets, specialists can identify each settlement individually by name, through specific characteristics in motifs, colours and weave qualities. The population of Karaja is Azeri in origin, speaking a Turkic dialect; the carpets have a cotton foundation, symmetrically knotted wool pile and can also be single wefted.
Designs, predominantly woven on dark-blue fields, are geometric, in either medallion or infinite repeat styes, such as the all-over angular arabesque in this attractive large carpet.
Of particular note in this example is the brilliant chromatic contrast between the dark-blue field, the white-outlined russet-red arabesques and unusually bright pistachio-green minor border with faux script in hexagonal cartouches.
The large carpets without medallions from Karaja can be understood as link between the 19th-century carpets with arabesques and all-over designs and the late-19th-century medallion carpets associated with Heriz.
Estimate: € 25000 - 35000
12 000 €