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. 25898
Persia, 1930
3 ft. 6 in. x 13 ft. 8 in.
1.07 m x 4.17 m
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No. 28717
Persia, 1930
3 ft. 5 in. x 13 ft. 4 in.
1.04 m x 4.06 m
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No. 28853
Persia, Circa 1930
3 ft. 8 in. x 13 ft. 3 in.
1.12 m x 4.04 m
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No. 28688
Persia, Circa 1920
3 ft. 4 in. x 13 ft. 5 in.
1.02 m x 4.09 m
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No. 28769
Persia, Circa 1920
3 ft. 4 in. x 13 ft. 4 in.
1.02 m x 4.06 m
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No. 28573
Persia, Circa 1930
4 ft. 6 in. x 6 ft. 8 in.
1.37 m x 2.03 m
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No. 26905
Persia, Circa 1930
4 ft. 5 in. x 6 ft. 10 in.
1.35 m x 2.08 m
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No. 28657
Persia, Circa 1930
4 ft. 5 in. x 6 ft. 5 in.
1.35 m x 1.96 m
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3 ft. 9 in. x 14 ft. 4 in.
1.14 m x 4.37 m
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3 ft. 8 in. x 14 ft. 1 in.
1.12 m x 4.29 m
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No. 28768
Persia, 1930
3 ft. 6 in. x 13 ft. 5 in.
1.07 m x 4.09 m
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No. 28700
Persia, 1930
3 ft. 6 in. x 13 ft. 3 in.
1.07 m x 4.04 m
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No. 27800
Persia, Early 20th century
4 ft. 4 in. x 6 ft. 7 in.
1.32 m x 2.01 m
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No. 18480
Persia, Early 20th century
4 ft. 6 in. x 6 ft. 2 in.
1.37 m x 1.88 m
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No. 26397
Persia, Early 20th century
4 ft. 6 in. x 6 ft. 6 in.
1.37 m x 1.98 m
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No. 28706
Persia, 1930
3 ft. 7 in. x 16 ft. 10 in.
1.09 m x 5.13 m
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No. 26366
Persia, 1930
3 ft. 7 in. x 16 ft. 6 in.
1.09 m x 5.03 m
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No. 26438
Persia, 1930
3 ft. 5 in. x 16 ft. 6 in.
1.04 m x 5.03 m
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No. 28698
Persia, 1930
3 ft. 6 in. x 16 ft. 9 in.
1.07 m x 5.11 m
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No. 26437
Persia, 1930
3 ft. 5 in. x 16 ft. 3 in.
1.04 m x 4.95 m
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No. 26978
Persia, Early 20th century
4 ft. 8 in. x 21 ft. 7 in.
1.42 m x 6.58 m
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No. 26977
Persia, Early 20th Century
4 ft. 11 in. x 19 ft. 6 in.
1.50 m x 5.94 m
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No. 28823
Persia, Circa 1930
3 ft. 10 in. x 5 ft. 7 in.
1.17 m x 1.70 m
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No. 27221
Persia, Circa 1930
3 ft. 9 in. x 4 ft. 11 in.
1.14 m x 1.50 m
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No. 28665
Persia, Circa 1930
3 ft. 8 in. x 5 ft. 7 in.
1.12 m x 1.70 m
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No. 27895
Persia, Circa 1930
3 ft. 8 in. x 5 ft. 7 in.
1.12 m x 1.70 m
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No. 26891
Persia, Circa 1930
3 ft. 8 in. x 5 ft.
1.12 m x 1.52 m
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No. 26427
Persia, Circa 1930
3 ft. 8 in. x 4 ft. 11 in.
1.12 m x 1.50 m
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No. 26409
Persia, Circa 1930
3 ft. 8 in. x 4 ft. 10 in.
1.12 m x 1.47 m
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No. 26871
Persia, Circa 1930
3 ft. 7 in. x 5 ft. 6 in.
1.09 m x 1.68 m
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