Out Bagging a Carpet in Ceredigion

Another carpet; this time a real clunky, hairy one. Various opinions to its origin and its age; and none particularly flattering.

Colours out of a tin I suspect and an in-elegant but ‘not folky enough’ design to get the carpet heads interested.

It looks fine on the floor though; I like it.

Measuring a useful 4’6″ by 3’3″, it has the look of the Turk about it but I’m guessing it’s going to turnout to be “off piste”, maybe Indian.

I’m looking forward to your comments, David!

*How wrong can you be? See David Gardiner’s reply to get the true story of this Persian Carpet.

Paul Williams

This is the blog of Paul Williams, Ceredigion resident since 1970. I am an English and Philosphy graduate of what was once known as St David's University College, at Lampeter. I played bass in Dyfed's first punk band, and living in Llandewi Brefi, had a grandstand view of Operation Julie. Eventually, after 2 years playing bass in Brighton's 256th punk band, I returned to Wales to deal in books and then antiques. I've trained and worked as a counsellor, I am a photographer, blog and web designer and I publish the annual Wales Antiques Guide. I am married and a father of one. Apart from my family, my interests include books, maps, Nikon, Yashica and Mamiya film cameras, British Culture 1935 - 1965, Poole pottery, Welsh textiles, and Poster art. My favourite movies include anything by Pressburger and Powell favourite music includes Gene Clark, Gram Parsons, and anything form San Francisco 1965-1970. I am a late convert to 'Kraut Rock'.

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6 Responses

  1. Ian says:

    Oooooh….bright colours.

  2. Ian Marchant says:

    Looks good to me; but then I’m hardly an expert…

  3. David the rug says:

    Hi, Paul. It appears to me from the photographs that you have found a wool rug from the Kamseh Confederacy area of southern Persian. These are often referred to generically as Shiraz rugs. The pile will be of less than high quality wool, coarsely woven, with undyed brown wool warps running the length of the rug. (Remember that the warps run the length and form the fringes and the wefts go from “weft to right” – the only way that I can remember it!!) Can’t see the wefts, but the sides are protected by overcast red wool side cords. The design is typical of rugs from this area with the diamond pole medallion and overall animal, bird and flower head filler ornaments. You can see the typical “Kamseh chickens”, as well as peacocks and other birds, and camels, dogs and other animals. The dyes as you suggest are artificial!. An honest piece produced for the Western market from the 2nd half of the 20th C but not something to excite the purist! Keep on hunting!! Best wishes, David

    • I owe you a bottle of Shiraz…
      I’m just about to start The Root of Madder, Chasing the History, Mystery, and Lore of the Persian Carpet, by Brian Murphy; I’m a long way from your erudition but one day we’ll hit the jackpot?

  4. David the rug says:

    You are very welcome, Paul. Despite my large library of rug and carpet books, I have not seen Brian Murphy’s book – I hope it is good and that you enjoy it. In my experience, rug books often contradict each other or have different names for things, but if you read enough, some order can prevail.
    Happy hunting! I look forward to seeing your next find!
    Best regards. David
    PS Love your pic of the Tyranosaurus head!

  5. Petra Brierre says:

    Post bookmarked and stumbled upon, I’ll post a feedback on my profile as well

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