An Armenian-Persian village rug, circa. late 19th century No, 160645-200x135cm

Some village or nomadic rugs are repositories of the weaver's feelings and emotions. They pulse with her personality and charisma, making them appear alive and enchanting. The weaver's skills, her choice of colours, the use of beautiful materials, and the wealth of meaningful symbols undeniably make this rug a fascinating piece, evident to any aesthete.

However, beneath the surface beauty of this rug lies another layer: the history of the culture and tradition that underpins the creation of such masterpieces. This rug is the work of Armenians who once lived near the central city of Qazvin. They migrated to the area during the 17th century under the auspices of the Kind Abbas the 1st. Their rug-making is a culmination of art inspired by both Armenian and Persian traditions. This blending has resulted in an extraordinary style, classified as Armenian-Persian rugs. The Armenians of the Qazvin area have long since left, migrating to larger cities and for decades, their songs have not echoed from behind the looms.

This rug from the village of Chanagchi (Circa late 19th century) is a mesmerizing example of the Armenians' mastery and aestheticism. Its design features what locals call "Boteh," symbolizing the cypress tree, an emblem of longevity and everlasting beauty. The use of quality wool, natural colours, and firm knotting has allowed this charming rug to endure over a hundred years, becoming a splendid Persian-Armenian rug worthy of connoisseur collectors or anyone seeking a piece of aesthetic and cultural value for a tasteful interior.