SOLD | Gorgeous Antique Runner | Colorful Elephant Track Tribal Antique Rug | 3.9 x 12


Specializing in Antique Rugs & Vintage Rugs

Name: Chiang Mai

Size: 3.9 x 12

Age: C. 1940's

Pile: Low/Med

About: This piece is named Chiang Mai for several reasons. First, it is vivacious and as colorful as the Northern region of Thailand in the lush green jungles. When I backpacked Thailand for 30 days, one of my favorite and most memorable regions from that trip was the jungles of Chaing Mai. We trekked into the jungles for 5 days with villagers and ate by waterfalls out of large bamboo leaves, and dinner by the campfire near our tents and wooden huts. You couldn't ignore the colors, the sounds, and the beauty of this magical place. So much to see, such raw and real sensations run through your body as you're fully immersed in the land with their people. That feeling is what I get when I look at this runner - such life, such color, and such beauty. The colors in this piece remind me of the colorful smiles of the Thai people. I will always cherish that time and that land. Another reason why I named this piece Chaing Mai is because the motifs in this antique runner are inspired by large elephant tracks. During my time in Northern Thailand, we went to an elephant sanctuary. Of course, I had mixed feelings about these majestic animals not being wild in the land, and instead in this area with the locals - I learned that they were constantly being fed, bathed, and taken care of and I was assured there was no abuse - so that made it better. One thing you can't ignore when you're standing in front of these animals is the sheer size and magnitude. Everything seems small compared to these gorgeous grey beauties. We fed, bathed, and pet the elephants and it was something I won't forget. We kept paying to give them bananas and other foods. I could have spent all my money just to watch them all eat in joy! They were so friendly and welcomed us. This runner is the same - so inviting as the best runners are. They welcome you to walk on them and the motifs nearly lure you in with open arms, similarly to the elephants. This piece also has nomadic motifs like guard animals and lovely woven tribal trees, shrubs, birds, and other charming elements. The colors are so magical - pinks, greens, earthy camels, light blues, dark blues, blue-blacks, salmon, tans, rusty reds, antique beige, and more. This piece has wonderful wool with a great pile. Nice and sturdy runner for any type of traffic. 5 borders make the frame the field so nicely, adding lots of interest to the border - flanking the field of goodness! Elephant tracks and the nomadic fillers that keep your eyes glued. I hope you can see the beauty in this piece and it transports you not only from place to place in your home, as all runners should, but the design and colors take you to a place you love and the motifs inside speak to your heart the way it does to mine! 

This rug is one-of-a-kind, only one in the world, no others are available.

Because of the nature and age of these older/antique handmade pieces, irregularities and age-related wear are likely to exist and are not considered defects. 

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We always recommend a high-quality custom cut pad for any and all rugs; these pads are made for hand-knotted rugs. They create a body and support the knots of the rug, as well as prevent it from slipping and sliding.

A note from us to you: Buying a rug is special; it's not just you finding the rug, but also the rug finding you. Think about the many coincidences that have to occur for you to find the rug of your dreams. Our rugs are woven by nomads in the villages and remote mountainous regions of the major rug weaving districts across the world. All of our rugs are genuinely old and one-of-a-kind. Like anything old and unique, they are filled with character, soul, and story. The story of a rug is something we think about a lot; who was the weaver(s)? Did they weave it for personal use, commerce, to gift, or trade? Who was the second owner, and the third!? Sometimes the little motifs and symbols in rugs can help tell the story, but we will never truly know - there's something beautiful about that. Alas, our joy is to curate these incredible pieces that speak to us, and to pass them along to their new owners to be enjoyed and cherished for many years to come; both continuing to add to the story of the rug, and to the story of the new owners.

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