Senneh (now called Sanandaj) is the capital of Kurdistan in NW Iran and produces highly distinctive small and large repeating motif rugs, the Boteh and Herati. The designs are either allover or with medallions and the borders are narrower than other rug types which allows the main ground to be expansive. They should be categorised into two types- the extremely fine rugs made in Senneh itself and the second-grade production made in the surrounding area and called Senneh Kurd and Hamadan Senneh. Whilst all are either excellent or good rugs and are generally fantastic quality compared with much on the current market quality, the best Senneh are expensive and rightly so. Some very fine wool on silk and silk on silk examples are made and if you like flatweave kilims then the best Senneh ones are woven on a silk foundation and are gorgeous. However expensive, modern Persian Senneh rugs are very good value for money as the wool is of the highest quality. In particular handmade Persian Senneh rugs and runners are better value and harder wearing than non-Persian weavings. If you have a very busy hallway then reach for one of these rugs or runners as they take tremendous wear and clean up well.
Senneh Persian rugs and kilims are always hand knotted and made in many sizes from mats to 12’x9’/3,66×2.74 but larger rugs are rare.
This example of a medium quality wool handmade Persian Senneh runner has three cream medallions on a blue ground and infilling of their favoured Herati motifs.