Turkic-speaking pastoral nomadic tribal groups began entering central and southern Iran during the eleventh and twelfth centuries.The Qashqai, as a large tribal unit, dates back at least to the early eighteenth century, when some Turkish(Turki)-speaking tribal groups in the region existed under the name Qashqai.
Qashqai kilims are best known for their boldness and and freedom in the way the pattern is drawn. An aesthetically pleasing geometry, the fineness of their wool and their clear, strong colours combine to ensure their reputation as superlative examples of textile art.
The front of this vintage rug from the Qashqai tribe is knotted like a rug. The back, woven with the kilim technique, stands out for its zig-zag design.
Material: 100% hand-spun sheep wool
Size: 100×47 cms
Origin: Qashqai tribe, Iran
Date of weaving: 1970s