Hand knotted in a mountainous area of NW Iran, the Mir is the finer version of the more generic Serabend (the name means ‘cold place ‘) rugs which are all woven with the Boteh motif which Westerners call Paisley. It is thought to be a representation of a bush or small cluster of leaves. Rather charmingly in the West, it has been given the name ‘mother and child’ for obvious reasons.
These rugs are almost always a red, cream or blue main ground colour, and are woven with a repeating allover geometric design although a few have central medallions, and are solid, reliable rugs which work remarkably well as an unobtrusive background in most room settings. This hand-knotted wool red example has unusually soft and excellent complementary colours with a beautifully defined narrow border.