Notes on Oriental Rugs and Persian Rugs by Barry O'Connell

Persian Rugs: Guide to Sirjan Rugs and Carpets

Persian Rugs: Guide to Sirjan Rugs and Carpets

Sirjan Rugs: Sirjan Afshar flatwoven ru-korssi,

Sirjan Afshari Rug

Sirjan Rugs and Carpets

Traditionally Sirjan is a collection point for Afshar rugs. Sirjan is the main collection point for the large Afshar production area between Shiraz and Kerman. The city of Sirjan is located in the southwest corner of Kerman province. It is the second largest city of the province after Kerman. It is at the intersection of roads joining the 4 southern provinces which has helped Sirjan grow as a transportation and market center.

Many of the people of the region are of Afshar ancestry. The Afshar were a principle tribe of the Oguz and were an important Kizil Bash tribe during the Safavid dynasty. They revolted in the late 16th century and Shah Abbas split them up to disperse their power. An Afshar, Nadir Khan Afshari, ruled Persia but his reign was so problem filled that his men killed him and the political power of the Afshar tribe was broken for good.

Sirjan Rug Structure

Structure: Asymmetrical knot open left. 70 per square inch (1085 per square decimeter)

Yarn Spin: Z.

Warp: Cotton, white.

Weft: Cotton 1st & 3rd shot rigid, 2nd shot sinuous cotton.

Pile: 2 Wool singles.

Ends: warp fringe.

Selvages: overcast with red wool.

Some Salt Bags from Kerman Province
by John T. Wertime

The Zagros range of western and southwestern Persia, locus of the nomadic pastoralism of such groups as the Lors and Bakhtiyaris and the Qashqa'i and Khamseh Confederations, extends through Kerman Province in the southeastern quadrant of Persia. There, too, nomadic pastoralists have taken advantage of changes in elevations by moving their livestock from lowland winter pastures to highland summer pastures, making camps in their mobile black goat hair tents.....read more

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