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Malayer Rugs & Carpets

Malayer town and the surrounding weaving area of about 120 villages in northwest Persia constitutes its own district distinct from both Hamadan to the north and Sarouk/Arak to the south. Malayer is a prosperous market town and administrative center in one of the most fertile agricultural areas in northwest Iran. Carpet weaving has been carried on since at least the early 19th century; a carpet dated 1816 and inscribed to a local mosque is in the Toronto Museum. This and several other kellegi format pieces (gallery rugs) are in Indo-Isfahan palmette patterns on red grounds. The weaves are characteristic of Malayer town weaving.

Most of the 3000 carpet looms are in the villages, with only a few hundred in the town. About one-third weave carpets, the others weave scatter rugs. There are really two-halves to the district. The area north of the town, in the direction of Hamadan weaves rugs whose structure approximates its influential northern neighbor. Symmetric knots, single wefts, all cotton foundations, flat backs, medium-low knot density, low pile, flexible handle are all [...]

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No. 25857
Persia, Early 20th Century
3 ft. 2 in. x 6 ft. 3 in.
0.97 m x 1.91 m
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No. 26731
Persia, Mid-20th Century
2 ft. 7 in. x 3 ft. 5 in.
0.79 m x 1.04 m
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No. 9517
Persia, Early 20th Century
3 ft. x 9 ft. 7 in.
0.91 m x 2.92 m
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No. 27356
Persia, Early 20th Century
5 ft. 8 in. x 10 ft. 8 in.
1.73 m x 3.25 m
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No. 14114
Persia, Mid-20th Century
4 ft. 7 in. x 6 ft. 7 in.
1.40 m x 2.01 m
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No. 23070
Persia, Early 20th Century
9 ft. 10 in. x 15 ft. 2 in.
3.00 m x 4.62 m
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No. 28785
Persia, Early 20th Century
5 ft. 2 in. x 10 ft. 4 in.
1.57 m x 3.15 m
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No. 20797
Persia, Early 20th Century
6 ft. 3 in. x 17 ft. 4 in.
1.91 m x 5.28 m
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No. 30829
Persia, Early 20th Century
6 ft. 3 in. x 9 ft. 9 in.
1.91 m x 2.97 m
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No. 19151
Persia, Early 20th Century
6 ft. 6 in. x 13 ft. 4 in.
1.98 m x 4.06 m
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No. 27798
Persia, Early 20th Century
3 ft. 11 in. x 6 ft. 7 in.
1.19 m x 2.01 m
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No. 31930
Persia, Mid-20th Century
4 ft. 5 in. x 9 ft. 4 in.
1.35 m x 2.84 m
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No. 28888
Persia, Early 20th Century
5 ft. 1 in. x 16 ft. 11 in.
1.55 m x 5.16 m
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No. 31067
Persia, Mid-20th Century
3 ft. 6 in. x 12 ft. 8 in.
1.07 m x 3.86 m
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No. 31066
Persia, Mid-20th Century
3 ft. 5 in. x 12 ft. 6 in.
1.04 m x 3.81 m
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No. 31890
Persia, Mid-20th Century
3 ft. 2 in. x 10 ft. 9 in.
0.97 m x 3.28 m
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No. 24537
Persia, Early 20th Century
12 ft. x 16 ft. 9 in.
3.66 m x 5.11 m
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No. 19172
Persia, Mid-20th Century
10 ft. 7 in. x 14 ft.
3.23 m x 4.27 m
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No. 26532
Persia, Early 20th Century
4 ft. x 9 ft. 11 in.
1.22 m x 3.02 m
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No. 31888
Persia, Mid-20th Century
3 ft. 1 in. x 10 ft. 1 in.
0.94 m x 3.07 m
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No. 23814
Persia, Early 20th Century
3 ft. 8 in. x 16 ft.
1.12 m x 4.88 m
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No. 30526
Persia, Early 20th Century
6 ft. 10 in. x 16 ft. 6 in.
2.08 m x 5.03 m
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No. 29259
Persia, Early 20th Century
3 ft. 8 in. x 22 ft. 5 in.
1.12 m x 6.83 m
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No. 21427
Persia, Early 20th Century
5 ft. 1 in. x 9 ft. 9 in.
1.55 m x 2.97 m
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No. 28270
Persia, Early 20th Century
13 ft. 4 in. x 23 ft. 5 in.
4.06 m x 7.14 m
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No. 28871
Persia, Early 20th Century
7 ft. 2 in. x 10 ft.
2.18 m x 3.05 m
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No. 30881
Persia, Mid-20th Century
5 ft. 4 in. x 12 ft. 3 in.
1.63 m x 3.73 m
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No. 30415
Persia, Mid-20th Century
3 ft. 10 in. x 15 ft. 10 in.
1.17 m x 4.83 m
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No. 30616
Persia, Early 20th Century
5 ft. x 11 ft. 4 in.
1.52 m x 3.45 m
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No. 30838
Persia, Early 20th Century
11 ft. 8 in. x 14 ft. 3 in.
3.56 m x 4.34 m
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