A Kurdish rug, ca. 1900s. No-850234 (191x124cm)

Village rugs, such as the Borujerd Kurdish rug shown here, are remarkable for the wealth of symbols and motifs they exhibit. This becomes even more intriguing when one learns that young girls who created these carpets did not follow any pre-prepared pattern; instead, they wove them spontaneously from memory. Some motifs are inspired by what they observed in other weavings, while others emerge from the weavers' subconscious as they work on the rugs. The weaving process generally has a meditative effect on the weavers. Therefore, such creations are extraordinary expressions of archetypes and ancient symbols, as exemplified by the cypress tree in this rug.

Technique: hand-knotted | Material: wool on cotton base