Khamseh rug, Exhibition ‘South Persian Tribal Rugs’
from southern Persia
late 19th century
Size: 212 x 158 cm
The Khamseh are a confederacy of five tribes who banded together in the 1860s purportedly to combat the might of the neighbouring Qashqa’i tribes. In the 19th century they produced rugs similar in character to those of the Qashqa’i. The overall palette was, however, somewhat darker and the warp material invariably brown undyed wool. The two ivory ground central medallions and the surrounding dark brown field in this rug are covered with a profusion of charming long-necked chickens in the most vibrant palette.