A Persian Ardebil Carpet, No. 51510 270x162cm

It is often difficult to distinguish between village rugs and tribal rugs as it is very common for nomadic folk to settle in a place and form a village. This process has been going on for decades, and there are fewer dwelling tribes.

However, the traditions such as weaving survive among such settlers and are carried forward to the next generations. Inevitably some techniques and designs transform and change, but the essence remains and points to fascinating archetypes from their past lives.

The carpet here is a beautiful example of village rugs. The settlement, having a permanent roof overhead, and easier access to market towns create favourable conditions for the weavers to make finer rugs using materials such as silk. 

This village carpet is the work of the Shahsavan villagers of Ardabil province.

Wool and silk on cotton base.