Vintage Persian Malayer were rugs woven by hand, using the Turkish knot, in the town of the same name in the Kurdish northwest of Iran in the southern part of the Hamedan Province. They were very well woven, supple and strong rugs. More modern Malayer rugs bear little relation their older brothers and are much more like their run of the mill Hamadan cousins- very mediocre quality all round, but great value as a result.
Vintage Persian Malayer from before 1940 in good condition are highly prized for the way the colours have mellowed with age – you will see sublime soft dusky reds, greens, blues and yellows The effect of wear shortening the pile has given them a wonderful crispness to the design. They have a very distinctive back where the white warps threads surface every other row- this is which is the best way to identify them.
This fine example of a vintage Persian Malayer rug has a blue main ground colour with a gorgeous shade of soft red to sit ‘atop’ it, with tertiary tones of paler blue, earth and apricot. It possesses all of the qualities mentioned above. The ‘herati’ serrated leaf motif was commonly used and often looks like fish in a formal Persian garden pond.
These are proper rugs with a price point to reach for.