|Lylyan, Lilihan, Lilian,
Lylyan was formerly the collection point for
Armenian single wefted rugs made in the vicinity of Khomeine. The old
name for this area was the Kemereh district. In the trade
are called Lylyan and were primarily sold in the US. They were less
well known in Europe. Other major producers in the region include
Khomeine and Reihan. The rugs are in the Hamadan
weave and use the Symetrical knot.
In 1942 the Soviet Union opened free immigration
to present day Armenia. Within a very short period of time the Armenian
villages emptied out as people began to return to Armenia.
The Lilihan area produces a wide range of sizes
from Mats to large room size carpets. In my parents home they had a
magnificent Lilihan that was about 24 feet long. The rugs tend to be
similar to Sarouk
carpets. in color style and thickness. Lylyan tend to have longer pile
which was attractive to the American Market. Some of the old ones from
before W.W.II were painted as were Sarouk rugs
I do not see them around very often anymore.