Karaja Carpets & Rugs

Karaja is a village in the northeast of the Heriz region close to the Azerbaijan border and north of Tabriz. It is known for its production of long narrow rugs and runners with the use of natural dyestuffs and the prominent use of madder dark red dyes.[1] They possess a design which distinguishes them from other North-western Persian rugs and carpets with the use of repeating medallion designs and rugs exhibiting Caucasian influences. [2] The only other repeating geometric medallion design is found in the textiles of the Turkomen tribe who live in the northern fringes of Persia and indeed it is their influence which has inspired the designs of Karaja textiles. Karaja textiles like that of other textiles from the Heriz region are particularly known for their horizontal insertion of the knots.

This particular runner exhibits a wonderful harmonious colour palette using the very finest of handspun wool and natural dyes in particular the use of the indigo dye allows the rug to exude a subtle yet warm patina. The condition of runners is often of variable wear, due to the high degree use incurred by such pieces in hallways and passages. That this rug has no wear is undoubtedly due to the fact that it was either seldom used or consistently maintained in immaculate condition.

[1] Jenny Housego, ‘Tribal Rugs’ , (London, 1978), Pg 10

[2] Murray Eiland III, ‘Starting to Collect: Antique Oriental Rugs’, (Suffolk, 2003) , Pg 56