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Q&A: Entryway and Vestibule Rug

Vestibule Entryway Rug



Dear Rug Rag,

IT'S US AGAIN!  Thank you for posting about our other emails and all the help for keywords they were great.  Last one for identification, we promise!  It's red like the Sarouk but more geometric!  




Glad to hear it was of help!

A similar rug is identified in P.R.J. Ford's book "Oriental Carpet Designs" as a Kolyai Rug, sometimes spelled 'Koliaei.'  Here's the a match we found, but as always, be sure to bounce questions off to the experts on our Rug Rag Forum prior to purchase.

As stated in Ford's Book, it's "One of the most famouse Kurdish designs of all, known as the 'Takht-e-Jamish'.  'Takhat' means throne or seat of Government; Jamshid was the fourth ruler of the world in the Persian legend of the creation and is considered the patron of arts and crafts.  The name Takht-e-Jamshid is used colloquially in Persia to indicate the palkace of Darius at Persepolis..."*  It's a great book for reference.

All the best, and good luck with decorating the house!

- Rug Rag

Entryway Kolyai Rug


*Ford, P R. Oriental Carpet Design, A Guide to Traditional Motifs, Patterns and Symbols. London: Thames & Hudson, 2007. 243

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