Persian Tribal Qashqai Rug

* This rug is an example of what I offer. Please enquire about current stock to see availability”.

9’7″ x 6’6″  / 2.93 x 1.97. Other sizes are available.

Qashqa’i (Qashq’ai, Kashkay) handmade wool Persian tribal rugs from south-central Iran.

A few centuries ago, before Nissan borrowed their name, the nomadic Qashqai tribal federation of southern Iran was roaming across the Zagros mountains and deserts of southern Iran (the Fars uplands) practising transhumance, tribal vendettas and being generally unruly and ungovernable. They were making their own highly distinctive rugs on horizontal looms which they used for the walls and floors of their goat-hair tents. All the materials were of their own production and therefore sustainable- the wool from their flocks for the pile and the warp and weftthe hand spinning done by the tribeswomen and childrenthe dyes were made from plants, vegetable and rocks and the rug infilling designs were, and still are, a product of the weaver’s imagination.

Qashqai rugs adhere to a fairly rigid outline of a centralor multiple, medallion with four corner spandrels but the infilling of stylised birds, plants and flowers is left up to the weaver and they use their favourites from the natural world to do so. At their best, with their own Iranian wool which has both soft and hard strands within it, due to the land the sheep roam on, and with genuine natural (vegetable and mineral) dyes, Qashqai rugs are possibly the most genuine in the world – truly the perfect expression of the signature of the living spirit.

However, they are long since forcibly settled and the rugs are now made in large numbers and therefore there are many inferior examples on the market made in haste for outlets such as IKEA. You will get the best out your rug by using a suitable underlay to help prevent movement and protecting the pile from crushing against hard surfaces.

This fine example of a handmade tribal Persian Qashqai rug shows the horses heads on columns seen at the ancient royal palace at Persepolis which lies within their ancestral roaming area.

Pros- almost always a unique infilling design. Lovely long staple wool that is soft but relatively wearing and extremely warm. Lovely natural motifs. Looks striking in any room. Pets and children love them to lie on. The natural oils in the wool give good stain protection. The good ones have a real presence and soul. Warm and soft underfoot in bedrooms and snugs.

Cons- Many newer Qashqai rugs are inferior in all respects so beware. Are not made in larger sizes. Can suffer if used in a high traffic area. Can have problems with the tension and therefore do not lie flat. Pets can smell the lanolin in the wool and try to scent over it.

from £340m2

Type: Handmade
Origin: Iran
Materials: Wool on a Wool Base
One-Off: Yes
Available in Showroom: NW London
Inspiration: View Rug Inspiration

Please use your rug with a suitable underlay which will protect the back of the knots and allow dirt to fall through the rug. Vacuum sparingly, once a week is sufficient, and do so on a low power and without the rotating brush, as this strips the pile. Clean professionally at least once every five years. Turn your rug every year if possible to even out footfall patterns and sun fading. Never leave your rug undisturbed under furniture in the dark. Keep a moth trap in the room if possible.
Every rug I sell is exactly as I have described on the invoice. I will have explained all the options open to you- including the bespoke rug making. The rug will be the very best rug you can buy within your budget and be the best suited to your room colours, light and usage. The way it is made, the materials, the age, the size and the all-round suitability for you and your room will be made completely transparent. Please feel free to ask for a second opinion if you are unsure.