The Talesh people are Persian people presently living within Azerbaijan and northwest of Persia. They are part of the indigenous peoples of Persian origin living by west of Caspian Sea with their nomadic life they have been moving along the mountainous streams.
The nomads wove carpets for their own daily use, to satisfy their singular sense of creativity and harmony. Accordingly, they put a level of care into their work which seems virtually incomprehensible to us today. The wool they used provided a superior level of resilience and luster because it was shorn from the sheep which they himself had grazed in high mountain pastures. It was then cleaned and washed repeatedly so that it could thoroughly absorb the vibrant vegetable dyes. The weavers believed that only after the material of their craft was brought to its ultimate state could they be inspired to create a rug of ultimate balance and harmony. For they did not merely see their finished product as the work of art. Instead, the art lay in performing each step of the process to completion.
These rugs are the last remnants of an ancient weaving tradition which has now all but vanished. They are living examples which speak to us of both the gaiety and deep understanding of life possessed by their creators, the mountain weavers of the Caspian sea and Northwest Persia.
The hallway size dimensions of this invigorating piece is incredibly useful for a kitchen or a hallway. The diamond designs, seven ascending from bottom to top, creates a mesmerizing structure where guides you as walking from one side to another. Although symmetrical in appearance, not one of its sunburst design medallions are quite like the other, with subtle variations revealing the charm of a hand-woven object. There are eight camels on the top row boarder protecting the family. Buoyant navy and sage green hues add mellow contrasts to the rhythmic pattern and make for an overall soothing experience in this carpet that comes to us in soft-pile condition.
Date Woven: late 1940’s
Dimensions: 282 x 116 cm (9’3”x3’9”)
%100 soft wool pile on wool foundation