RESERVED FOR UI BROOKLYN*** RARE Collector's Willow Tree of Life Antique Persian Heriz Northwest Village Rug, C. 1915 | Salmon & Coral with Ice Blues and Teals | 9.5 x 12


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Name: RARE Collector's Willow Tree of Life Antique Persian Heriz Northwest Village Rug, C. 1915 | Salmon & Coral with Ice Blues and Teals Forest of Life

Size: 9.5 x 12

Age: Antique, C. 1915

Pile: Low with some genuine age-related wear and sensational character-rich, century-old patina. Note that the bottom half of the carpet bows out to 9.5 feet wide, and the upper half is more like 9 feet wide.  This is due to the loom not being 100% straight during the inception of weaving it - adds more charm and story to this piece wherever we see the human element show up to remind us this was entirely done by hand with the resources they had accessible.  

About: Antique Persian Heriz in an unbelievably unique design. C. 1915, of all the Northwest pieces - the Weeping Willow Tree of Life design was woven so sparingly; maybe less than 1% of all pieces that came out of the Northwest had this design.  You will find this design from other villages, but unlike most symmetrical designs, these designs added a sense of artisanal flair as weaving them "for the market" and industry for commerce was a bit of a risk.  Most people wanted the standard Medallion design, and if the weavers were weaving non-medallion designs, aka "all-over" designs, it was very seldomly a directional Forest of Life design like this one.  I will write more about this piece later, but just know that this is a very, very special carpet with the rare salmon ground (usually they would weave red rugs, or even ivory or navy), and the condition of this piece is spectacular.  Just some wear throughout, no holes or anything like that.  Not even any re-weaving which would be ok for a piece of this age.  Pastel Green with inverse Camel-colored Mountain range in the perimeter, Icy blues with French and Navy blue Tree branches and Tree trunks shifting from small dye batch to small dye batch.  Bakshayesh border with jagged leaf and flower-head motif in the border gives us that structure we crave for such an artistic and emotional field design.  Probably one of the greatest and counterintuitive things about village rugs is this - back in the day these pieces weren't as sought after, ALMOST looked down upon so the designers and owners of these weaving centers and workshops didn't spend too much time looking over the weavers work - they weren't too concerned with precision and executing perfect drawings and designs - so, in turn it gave the weavers a bit of play, moments to freestyle weave, and allowed them a canvas to imagine, create, and impose their hearts and souls onto the loom with small knots that 100 years later is the very human element that we desire and search for in our curating and collecting.  This is what makes a piece of art and elevates it to "collector's status" - by looking at a piece and letting it teleport you onto the very bench of the weavers, sitting beside them and inhaling the environment while they mastered one of, if not the most difficult art-form known to mankind.  

This rug is one-of-a-kind, only one 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.

Any questions about this rug? Don't hesitate to reach out!

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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