9ft 6in x 12ft 8in
Circa 21st Century
Item #: 00040

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One of the most artistic, superb quality Persian Heriz carpets, formerly keleis were produced in and around Hens, the capital of the Bakhshayesh territory. The most usual size was about 6 feet 6 inches by 13 feet. Even though the keleis produced in the city, it was easier to obtain the better wood for the looms in the country, and that the weavers had greater technical facilities at their disposal.

Since the 1880's, great quantities of carpets have been produced in the Bakhshayesh region and in the city of Hens itself. Carpets sizes from 6 feet 7 inches by 9 feet 10 inches to 16 feet 6 inches by 26 feet. They soon found their way into the Istanbul market, but they were mainly sold in London and Vienna. As one may conjecture from the sizes, they were intended primarily for export.

The pattern of all these carpets is very geometrical and the design are large. The designing tends towards a scheme of medallions and corner devices ad produces very fine specimens, in which occasionally the ground between the corners and the medallion is not filled with scattered flowers but is left plain. Generally, it's madder-red, or in isolated case, dark blue, and more rarely cream. The so-called "Allovers" come from this district, but not nearly as many as the West could use.