Senneh Carpets & Rugs

Senneh rugs are adopted from the name Sanandaj and is the capital of the province of Kurdistan. Out of the variety of Kurdish weavings located in this region, Senneh rugs are amongst the finest with a knot count of around 500 per square inch. Previous generations were so impressed by the fineness of Senneh textiles that the name of the town is synonymous with the assymetrical Persian knot. Despite this association, most Senneh rugs are woven with the symmetrical Turkish or Ghiordes knot.[1]

The design of Senneh rugs are distinguished by a masterful accomplishment in small pattern design and this rug exhibits this trend with an all over ‘herati’ or fish pattern. The fame of this design is well deserved and it is amongst the most refined and elegant of small repeating patterns of Persian carpets. The borders are typically narrow with a finely woven design of small repeating floral figures. The colours of this rug consist of muted brown-red, white-cream and black. The tone of the colour palette owes very much to the age of the rug itself as the colours would have been much more vibrant when the rug was first woven. Additionally, the corrosion of the black dye is a key indicator of the age of the piece and places it in the last quarter of the 19th century.

Being a hybrid between city and village rugs, Senneh weavings such as this consist of an extremely short pile, a fine weave and a cotton foundation.  The handle is much thinner than contemporary weavings from other nearby centres, such as Bidjar.[2]

Despite some repair in the middle of this rug, it is in a fantastic condition for its age.

[1] Ian Bennett, Oriental and African Rugs and Carpets, in Ian Bennett (ed.), Rugs and Carpets of the World, (London, 1978), pg 226

[2] Jennifer Scarce, ‘Gazeteer; Persia’, in David Black (ed.) , The Atlas of Rugs and Carpets, (London, 1994), pg 132