Hand knotted with a very soft luxurious wool pile in the far NW of Iran on the border with Azerbaijan overlooking the Caspian Sea. The designs are clearly Caucasian in nature, being more angular than Persian. Although relatively coarse in weave they are generally of good sound structure and the wonderful wool more than makes up for the lack of fineness. The colours are rich and often too dark unless used in a sunny or well-lit room, particularly the vintage runners from the 50s and 60s.
Hand-knotted wool Persian Meshkin runners are a very smart buy for those looking for visual and practical warmth as well as superb comfort underfoot. The dark colours allow for dirt and spills to be easily swallowed up and they, of course, clean up extremely nicely when expertly washed. It is unusual to find a size other than a narrow runner but they can be bought in this size and dotted around a room to provide a classic frame.
This example is unusually pale, having a lovely sand ground with the normal rich heavy reds and blues associated with Persian Meshkin rugs.