Turkic-speaking pastoral nomadic tribal groups began entering central and southern Iran during the eleventh and twelfth centuries.The Qashqai, as a large tribal unit, dates back at least to the early eighteenth century, when some Turkish(Turki)-speaking tribal groups in the region existed under the name Qashqai.
Qashqai rugs are best known for their boldness and and freedom in the way the pattern is drawn. An aesthetically pleasing geometry, the fineness of their wool and their clear, strong colours combine to ensure their reputation as superlative examples .
The Persian fallow deer (Dama mesopotamica) is a rare deer once native to all of the Middle East, but currently only extant in Iran and Israel after reintroduction into the wild. It has been listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List since 2008. After a captive breeding program, the population has rebounded from only a handful of deer in the 1960s to over a thousand individuals.
This unusual rug is woven perhaps with undyed camel wool for the central field. The pile is thick and soft.
Material: 100% hand-spun sheep wool and perhaps camel wool
Size: 160×85 cms
Origin: Qashqai tribe, Iran
Date of weaving: 1970s
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