A matching pair of late 19th century camel hair runners, 3’ x 17’6”
Camel hair rugs and carpets were woven in the areas around the Persian weaving center of Hamadan. While one encounters room sized carpets made in this Kurdish village rug weaving region most of the production here was occupied with the weaving of runners.
Generally all these rugs and carpets are framed by a perimeter of undecorated camel color wool pile between 2”to 6” wide. Visually camel hair runners and carpets typically explore figure ground relationships and the attempt to create three dimensional space.
In these two matching runners the perimeter of their unadorned plain “borders” serves to develop the visual illusion of a rug floating upon another rug. The expansive visual movement of the rugs’ dense interior design functions as an interesting counterpoint to the rugs’ simple plain borders. One encounters this idea in the art of 17th century Persian book covers as well in design conventions used the facades of Islamic architecture.
The design arrangements in these runners form extremely interesting images of space and movement as well. In these runners the interior lattice design filled with geometrically rendered flowers suggests the motion of design above a lattice grid.
The rich vegetable dye colors here work brilliantly against the camel hair surround. The borders make a visual resting place in relation to the rugs’ active design interior. While these runners are over 100 years old they project an unmistakably contemporary aesthetic.
The condition of both runners is excellent. A relatively rare matching pair of antique runners